T.L. Summerville

Of Counsel Attorney T.L. Summerville has been Of Counsel with Cohen, Lerner & Rabinovitz, P.C., since 2017. His practice focuses on commercial transactions and business law, as well as real estate matters. As an Of Counsel attorney, he also maintains his own firm, Summerville Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

T.L. Summerville has over 20 years of courtroom litigation experience. He has represented major financial institutions in real estate litigation as well as automotive manufacturers in a variety of civil litigation matters. Mr. Summerville has professional experience as a criminal prosecutor in New York and Michigan, and has also served as in-house counsel for a local financial institution. He leverages the trial skills he learned as district attorney to better serve his corporate clients, especially in commercial litigation.

T.L. Summerville makes it his goal to ensure every client is treated with civility and respect. He believes that people should be dealt with fairly. It is his responsibility to use the knowledge he has obtained to fashion arguments and advice that help his clients run their businesses more efficiently. It is that dedication to respect which brought Mr. Summerville to Cohen Lerner. After serving as opposing counsel to Partner Steven Z. Cohen, Mr. Summerville’s professionalism and dignity made him stand out to the firm.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation
Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

State of Michigan, [YEAR]
State of New York, [YEAR]
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, [YEAR]
United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, [YEAR]
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, [YEAR]


  • Fordham University School of Law, 1997
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
  • Moot Court Board, Associate Editor
  • Maurice Wormser Moot Court Competition
  • University of Michigan, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics

Professional Experience

Cohen, Lerner & Rabinovitz, P.C., Of Counsel, 2017
Summerville Law Firm, PLLC, Managing Member, 2016
Flagstar Bank, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, 2016
Dykema Gossett, PLLC, 2015
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, 2003
Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, 2002
New York County District Attorney’s Office, 2000

Published Works

“Getting Ahead of Contract Pitfalls: A Commercial Litigator’s Advice to In-House Counsel.” InsideCounsel.com, Nov. 12, 2014

“Improving Your Contracts: A Commercial Litigator’s Advice to In-House Counsel.” InsideCounsel.com, Oct. 7, 2014

“Michigan Contract Law, Second Edition; Chapter 8, Defenses in Contract Litigation.” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2013.

“Agreements to Agree: Drafting Tips for Keeping the Deal Together and Avoiding Unwanted Consequences.” Michigan Business Law Journal, May 2012.