Burr & Forman

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

J. Ellsworth Summers Jr. Headshot
  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law (1998)
  • M.B.A., University of Florida, Hough Graduate School of Business, Warrington College of Business Administration (2016)
  • B.A., cum laude, Hampden-Sydney College (1994)



  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Advisory Board Member
  • Bankruptcy Law Educational Series Foundation, Board Member (2013-2018)
  • Bankruptcy Middle District of Florida Steering Committee, Member (2013-2018)
  • Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Advisory Board Member
  • Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Board Member (2007-2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️/em>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2016-2022)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2019-2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Judicial Review Rating
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," Bankruptcy & Workout (2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights (2013-2016), Bankruptcy: Business (2017-2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights (2009-2011)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, "Top 100 List," Florida
  • First Coast Women's Services, Board Member

Partner | Jacksonville, FL

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Finance Financial Institution Disputes Lender Liability Commercial Contracts Commercial & Corporate Finance Commercial / Corporate Litigation Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes UCC Litigation Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Litigation Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance Insurance Insurance Litigation & Coverage Mass Torts / Hazardous Substances Mergers & Acquisitions


Financial Institutions

Ellsworth is a partner in the firm's Jacksonville office where he practices in the firm's Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

His practice focuses on assisting lenders in commercial loan litigation in bankruptcy, federal and state courts. Ellsworth has extensive experience with workouts, business reorganizations and liquidations, distressed asset acquisitions, special counsel assignments and adversary proceedings. He has represented secured lenders, creditors’ committees, local governments, trustees, trade creditors, landlords, unsecured creditors, bondholders, homeowners’ associations, 363 asset purchasers and other stakeholders in a variety of business Chapter 11 cases.

Mr. Summers has significant trial experience in federal and state court as a commercial litigator. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, homeowner association disputes, tax disputes, contract litigation, receiverships, lender liability, commercial evictions, and other real-estate related litigation.

In his business practice, Ellsworth assists clients with purchasing and selling assets, and regularly advises on the impact of insolvency on complex financial transactions.

Mr. Summers has appeared before state and federal courts in 13 states, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Mr. Summers enjoys an AV-rating and has routinely been named to the Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Legal Elite, and Florida Best Lawyers lists.

Prior to private practice, Ellsworth clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief United State Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.