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In Memoriam: Senior Counsel and Former Partner Stuart A. Summit

10/28/2021
It is with great sadness that we honor the memory of our dear friend and retired partner, Stuart A. Summit.  
 
Prior to joining Phillips Nizer as a partner in 1993, Mr. Summit was a name partner at Summit Solomon & Feldesman from 1976 until 1993 and Miller & Summit from 1967 to 1976.  He started his legal career as an associate for Mudge, Stern, Baldwin & Todd in 1959. 
 
A graduate of Ohio State University (B.S. 1957; J.D. 1959 summa cum laude, Order of the Coif), he was Law Secretary to Justice Charles D. Breitel (New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 1st Department), Executive Secretary of the New York City Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary, and served as Counsel, then Senior Counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination from its inception in 1978 until 2014.  During this time, Summit assisted New York City mayors in their selection of judicial appointees and screened candidates for the New York Supreme Court.  In 1987, he was nominated to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Ronald Reagan. 
 
He previously served as a trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation and former president and trustee of the Ohio State University Law Alumni Association and wrote and lectured on various topics regarding litigation strategy and management. He also lectured for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on preparation and defense of examinations before trial and was a senior editor of the "Federal Litigation Guide" of New York and Connecticut.
 
Phillips Nizer partner Michael Fischman worked with Stuart for more than two decades and remembers him as a brilliant advocate with a larger-than-life personality.  “Stu was one of New York’s most distinguished trial attorneys, skillfully handling any type of case, from complex commercial and corporate management disputes to environmental, intellectual property and matrimonial matters. He was never limited to one “specialty”, because Stu understood trials to be about stories concerning events that had gone bad, and he was a masterful storyteller. To those who worked with him, Stu was a patient teacher and mentor, who always reminded us of the importance of preparation, communication, hard work and comradery.  To his partners and the associates at Phillips Nizer, Stu was always a source of wise and valuable counsel and friendship. He made us better at what we do, and he made us smile.”