Matthew Summers > Ballard Spahr LLP > Wilmington, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
WILMINGTON, DE 19801-3034
United States
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Partner and Practice Co-Leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group


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 a Practice Co-Leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group.

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.




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


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


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)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Ballard Spahr LLP offers clients an ‘unparalleled‘ service, with advise encompassing municipal bankruptcy and recovery, in addition to buy-side representations, trust instruction proceedings and public finance. Tobey Daluz and Matthew Summers head the team from Wilmington, whilst Vincent Marriott and William Rhodes head the team from Philadelphia. Its team is well equipped to handle Chapter 9, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases pertaining to special districts, senior living facilities and hospital systems. Notable highlights includes its representation of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in its capacity as indenture trustee, in matters relating to the bankruptcy of Verity Health System and its outstanding municipal bonds exceeding $260m. Other notable individuals include William Wassweiler for his advisory to the Wilmington Trust and Dara Smith for her assistance to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority.