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If you have never faced the possability of going to prison or jail, you can't imagine how scary it can be. Your very future, not just the time you could spend incarcerated is on the line. If convicted, and if you are unable to have your criminal record sealed, you will carry the stigma for the rest of your life.

You need two very important qualities in the person you select to represent you. Most importantly, the experience that he or she brings to the representation is the most important attribute you should require.

In America the most impressive honor is to be selected for induction into the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. The by-invitation only organization, is comprised of some two hundred of the most highly regarded Criminal Defense Lawyers available in the country.

Mr, Summers was inducted into the prestigious American Board in 1987. He has over 500  jury trials completed in his over 41 year career.

Additionally, he has argued before the United States Supreme Court and numerous United States Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. He was given the most highly regarded award for Criminal defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defnse Lawyers, Robert C. Heeney Award in 1982.

Second only to experience is the quality of HONESTY. If you are looking for assurances of anything other than an honest attempt to represent you to the best of their ability from a Lawyer, you are heading for serious trouble. There can never be ANY "guarantees". Whatever you do, please don't be fooled by anyone promising anything but HONESTY, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCE. So very much depends upon it.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    46 years



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  • David Lindsay Lash

    I endorse this lawyer. I've co-counseled with Bill and several cases over the years. He's one of the best criminal defense lawyers in northeastern Ohio. He is passionate in his defense of people who need help. Whatever I have a challenging case, I know I can count on Bill.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Brandt Shepherd Jr.

    Bill is an excellent lawyer with one of the best reputations in the Cleveland area. I highly recommend Bill.


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KYAuthorized to practice law198808/09/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension For Term
    issued in OH, 2012


    Suspended for term means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
A.V.V.O.10.0 "Highest Rating2008
Robert C. HeeneyNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1982
AV PreeminentLexisNexis1973
Practicing Attorneys in America, 1973-PresentWho’s Who1973
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1971
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSummers & Sigman Co. L.P.A.1969 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar, Vice-Chair Criminal Jury InstructionCo-chair2001 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member1988 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellow1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1969 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association, Councel of DelegatesMember1969 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
cleveland Plumber's Union, Local. 55 Plaintiff-appellant, v. Trg, Inc., D/b/a Duisik Plumbing & HeatingReversed Our Way
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar "The State of Criminal Justice"The National Academy of Sciences Report2011
The State of Criminal JusticeDefense Function and Services2010
Matthew Bender, Criminal Defense TechniquesOpening Statements1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of Miami School of LawLawN/A1968
Kent State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual MeetingLessons learned in the mega-High profile cases1990
Annual MeetingCapital Voir Dire1988
Annual Meeting and SeminarCapital Trial Defense1984
Annual MeetingSearch, Seizure and the olifactory senses1984