Matthew G. Summers


Matthew G. Summers represents secured creditors, landlords, asset purchasers, indenture trustees, manufacturers, mezzanine lenders, officers and directors, unsecured creditors, trustees, and other parties-in-interest in all aspects of bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy-related litigation, in Delaware and Maryland, and nationally. He is the Practice Leader of the firm's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group and co-leads the firm's Distressed Digital Assets Team.

Matt has substantial experience representing creditors in Chapter 9 bankruptcy cases, including representing the largest holder of pension obligation bonds in the Detroit and San Bernardino, California, bankruptcy cases. Matt was the lead questioner in the first deposition taken in the City of Detroit case, deposing the city's investment banker, and was deeply involved in litigating the objection to the city’s first proposed settlement with counterparties to a swap agreement, an objection the bankruptcy court sustained.


Representative Matters

  • Represents the City of Chester, Pennsylvania, in its Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing
  • Represents secured lenders in single asset bankruptcy cases pending in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware
  • Represents largest holder of pension obligation bonds in City of San Bernardino, California, chapter 9 bankruptcy case
  • Represented largest holder of pension certificates of participation in City of Detroit chapter 9 bankruptcy case

Representative Decisions

  • Thomas v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 2015 WL 5766775 (Del. Ch. Sept. 18, 2015)
  • Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. Sears, 2015 WL 4719941 (Del. Super. Aug. 7, 2015)
  • WBCMT 2006-C29 4250, LLC v. Chestnut Run InvestorsLLC, 2015 WL 4594538 (Del. Super. July 30, 2015)

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky, Court of Appeals of Maryland

Professional Activities

Advisory Committee, 2015 ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Member of ad hoc committee formed in 2015 to consider, draft, and propose statute governing receivership proceedings in Maryland

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Baltimore), 2014-2024; Litigation - Bankruptcy (Baltimore), 2024

Legal 500, Finance - Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) - Municipal, 2022, 2023

Ranked by The Deal as one of the top 25 bankruptcy lawyers in the country by number of active assignments for First Quarter 2014

Recipient, 2008 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award, a statewide award granted by the Maryland State Bar Association's Pro Bono Resource Center, for pro bono work on behalf of homeless residents of Elkton, Maryland

Speaking Engagements

Frequent lecturer on bankruptcy, foreclosure, and receivership issues, including:

"Bankruptcy Risks and Issues," Commercial Real Estate Portfolio and CMBS Loan Workouts: Forbearance, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Webinar, Strafford, May 28, 2015

"Bankruptcy Law for the Transactional Real Estate Attorney," MICPEL seminar, April 2013, April 2008 and March 2007

Board Memberships & Community Service

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (former)


Co-author, "What's Left of Sovereign Immunity After Katz," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2006

Co-author, "Diligent Searches: Finding Misfiled IRS Liens," The Secured Lender, November/December 2006



University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 2000 with honor)
Member, Order of the Coif

Grove City College (B.A. 1997, magna cum laude)




U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit