For the last 20 years, I have exclusively represented personal injury clients, including thousands of clients injured by defective drugs, medical devices, hazardous chemicals, and motor vehicle accidents. I am proud to say that I do not and never have represented Big Pharma or Big Oil and I never will. The opportunity to help people, not corporations, is what motivates me. It’s why we work harder than they do, why we care more and why we get results for our clients. To me, the best thing about the law is that despite the best efforts of corporations and special interest groups, it still gives a strong voice to injured people, even when they face Goliath. In fact, being the Goliath in litigation is overrated, especially when Goliath has been greedy and dishonest. I enjoy getting to know my clients and their families so that I can help them solve the problems that surround a serious injury or death, which means more than simply sending them a settlement check at the end. As my friends and clients will tell you, I love to talk about our firm, our work, and why our personal approach to practicing law leads to better results for our clients.
I learned the value of hard work from my parents and ten years of working construction for a family business, McKee’s Swimming Pools. I’m proud of that work and the guys on the crew and their families are still my favorite people.
The crew still lets me come back and “help” from time to time, as long as I promise to stay out of the way.
Learning the finer points of how to run a concrete shovel in the Kansas sun helped me appreciate my business degree from Kansas State University. After graduating from K-State in 1985, I went to work as a bank examiner for the FDIC, where I eventually met my future law partner, Aaron Johnson. We left the FDIC and headed to law school at about the same time. Aaron went to law school at Washington University in St. Louis and I went to the University of Kansas. While at KU, I was on the law review but wanted to create a legal publication that was interesting to all kinds of people, not just lawyers. I was lucky enough to find a handful of like-minded law students and together we founded The Kansas Journal Of Law And Public Policy. The Journal lives on and is my proudest achievement from law school.
And what would my “brief attorney biography” be without a section devoted to bragging about my kids? My oldest daughter, Emily, is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri who went on to complete her Masters of Language and Communication in Georgetown University’s Linguistics department. GoHoyaLinguistics. Emily is now a Data Scientist with the Nielsen Corporation. Although I don’t really understand what “big data” is, or what she does with it, I have noticed that she pays all of her bills without my help, including those related to her newly adopted rescue dog, Chewy.
My middle child, Abby, is a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She pitches for the softball team and her athletic scholarship explains why she has the opportunity to attend a great school like Rollins.
At age 9, Abby hired me as her bullpen catcher. From time to time, I have been elevated to the position of “coach of last resort.” Thanks to all of her hard work and talent, I’ve been able to go along on a great ride from small town rec leagues to college competition. If you call me on the weekend during the season, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear a game going on in the background.
Abby wanted to attend Rollins because the softball coaches supported her love of acting. I wasn’t sure how she would find the time for school, softball, and theater, but she figured it out.
Jack is my youngest. He is a Sophomore at Kansas State University. We all agree that Jack is the coolest member of the family. Here’s Jack playing acoustic guitar with his band, The Stringrays.
I raised Jack on a healthy dose of Bob Dylan. These days, when I want to put on a little Dylan, I prefer to listen to Jack’s version.
Jack’s also my favorite songwriter. Check out the Jack Summers original, World Full of Wind.
You can book Jack for parties, weddings, and birthdays while checking on the status of your case by contacting his agent, David Summers, toll-free at (877) 704-7674. I promise to donate my booking fee to Jack’s educational fund.
And then there’s AJ. AJ likes eating corn on the cob and bagels with cream cheese, playing in the snow, fishing, and barking at trespassers, like falling leaves, squirrels, and people he’s met dozens of times.
One of AJ’s least favorite things is the noise made by our misunderstood garage band. A friend once told me that there’s good music, bad music, and live music. We are, at least for now, live. We perform under a different name each time we appear for obvious reasons. If Jack Summers is unavailable, you might consider booking “Strange Dave & The Mystics,” “Stephanie & The Esquires,” or “Jack The Drummer’s Band.” We play for libations and food, but we are picky about venues. If you need a band to perform in a park or near a mountain or an ocean, you might get one for free.