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  • ​Ohio State University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Ohio State University, B.S.


  • Ohio
  • New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., SDNY
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., EDNY
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 6th Cir.
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Stuart A. Summit
Senior Counsel
Tel: (212) 977-9700
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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​Stuart A. Summit was a senior counsel in the Litigation Department of Phillips Nizer LLP.  A graduate of Ohio State University (B.S. Bus. Adm. 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.

Mr. Summit was lead counsel in a wide variety of business-related litigations and arbitrations, including cases involving computer software, will contests, property rights, marine insurance coverage and federal securities law claims. His vast courtroom experience offered an advantage in achieving productive settlements, and in leading corporate internal investigations.

He wrote and lectured widely on topics involving litigation strategy and management and is the Senior Editor of Federal Litigation Guide - New York and Connecticut (Matthew Bender, 1998) and served on many bar association committees, including ones involving the judiciary and arbitration.  He also served as a mediator for the Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division, and in substantial private mediations.


  • New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination
    - Counsel, 1978-2007
    - Senior Counsel, 2007-2014         
  • Advisory Committee to the State and Federal Judicial Council, 2003-Present
  • Law Secretary, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, 
    - Associate Justice Charles D. Breitel, 1962-1963
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committees on:  
    - Judicial Selection and Tenure, 1971-1975
    - State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1976-1978
    - Federal Courts, 1979-1982
    - Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution, 1985-1989
    - Women in the Profession, 1990-1992
  • National Council of the Ohio State University College of Law, 1971-Present 
    - Executive Committee, 1971-1977 
    - President, Ohio State University Law Alumni, 1979
  • Federal Bar Foundation, 1994-2000 (Trustee)
  • Federal Bar Council, Various Committees
  • Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary, 1966-1977 (Executive Secretary)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Senior Editor: Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut (Matthew Bender, 1998)
  • Author: "The Witness Needs Help," Litigation, Journal of the American Bar Association, Winter, 1977
  • "Conducting The Oral Deposition," Litigation, The Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation, Spring, 1975
  • Co-Author: "An Innovative Approach to Resolving Disputes -- But Will it Succeed?", The National Law Journal, April 30, 1984
  • "Using Rule 9(b) to Challenge Securities Fraud Actions,” The National Law Journal, December 24, 1984
  • "The Insider Trading Panic - The Overlooked Element of Scienter" New York Law Journal, December 10, 1986
  • Practising Law Institute
    - Chair:  Pretrial Tactics and Techniques in Corporate Litigation, 1976-1978 
    - The Planning and Management of Corporate Litigation, 1972-1974 
    - Discovery Techniques, 1974
  • Co-Chair:  The Art of Taking and Defending Depositions in Corporate Litigation, 1980, 1981
    - Tactics and Strategy in Major Litigation, 1982, 1984
  • Matthew Bender & Co. Continuing Legal Education 
    - Chair:   Effective Case Management in the New York State and Federal Court Systems, November 1998
  • Also, lectured annually for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on preparation and defense of examinations before trial, 1984-1996. 

Peer Review Rating

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council
  • National Council of the Ohio State University College of Law
  • Advisory Group for the State and Federal Judicial Council
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (City Bar of New York)


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