Brad T. (Tony) Summers joined Ball Janik LLP in 1991 and is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights group. His principal areas of practice are bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, workouts and business transactions. He has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors’ committees, and secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He also represents parties seeking to make acquisitions from distressed businesses.
Mr. Summers has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. Mr. Summers was selected as the Best Lawyers' 2013 Portland–OR Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also has been recognized as one of Oregon’s “Top 50” attorneys by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to joining Ball Janik, Mr. Summers was a partner in Pachulski Stang & Ziehl, a noted bankruptcy firm based in Los Angeles. Before entering private practice, Mr. Summers served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren M. Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court, 1982 – 1983.
Harder/Sunwest Management Inc. – Bankruptcy and SEC Litigation — Represented several secured lenders owed hundreds of millions of dollars in complex civil litigation spanning several bankruptcy cases and an SEC enforcement action. The litigation involved secured loans to entities affiliated with Sunwest Management, Inc. and its principals who were accused of executing a "Ponzi-like scheme" to obtain funds from tenant-in-common investors.
One of Oregon's Largest Chapter 11 Cases — Represented twenty-seven affiliated hotel companies – with properties in eight states throughout the west – in one of the largest jointly administered Chapter 11 cases in Oregon. Confirmed a plan of reorganization that restructured nearly $200 million in secured debt, eliminated $25 million in yield maintenance premiums, default interest and late charges, and preserved intact the interests of equity holders.