Dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury and accident victims in Utah, Peter Summerill’s areas of practice encompass catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, and auto and semi-truck collision cases. He has obtained multiple six and seven figure verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a $1.6 million dollar jury verdict in a wrongful death case and, most recently, a $3 million dollar settlement in a birth injury case.
Mr. Summerill also works to preserve victims’ rights through the appellate process, including the use of constitutional law to seek and secure victim compensation. As an appellate attorney, he has worked on several landmark decisions including Spackman v. Board of Education (constitutional right to free and public education), Bybee v. Abdulla (medical malpractice arbitration agreement was struck down as binding on wrongful death heirs), and Dexter v. Bosko (recognizing self-executing civil rights of inmates as specified in Utah Constitutional Article 1, sec. 9). Other lawyers regularly employ his assistance as co-counsel in cases at both the trial court and appellate court levels.
Mr. Summerill leverages technology at every opportunity during the litigation process. He was the first lawyer in the United States to use an iPad for presentation of evidence during a jury trial, obtaining a $370,000 verdict in a case with a low-ball $5,000 settlement offer. Mr. Summerill maintains the blog MacLitigator as a creative outlet and as a means to stay abreast of technology used to improve the practice of law.
As he approaches the 20th year milestone of professional practice, Summerill has gained the respect of his professional peers and the larger community of jurisprudence. He is regularly named to Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite;” was honored as a Utah Association for Justice Rising Star; and, was tapped for the peer reviewed Super Lawyer list. He serves on the Utah Jury Instruction Committee; the board of directors for the Utah Association for Justice, and was a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s ethics screening panels for six years.