Dennis Summers, Mergers & Acquisitions, ESOP Attorney

W. Dennis Summers

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I choose to practice at Taylor English because it is an ideal platform for my clients. We offer practical legal advice, excellent lawyers, high efficiency and reasonable fees.

W. Dennis “Denny” Summers advises clients in transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), mergers and acquisitions and corporate and general business law matters. Mr. Summers has broad experience in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on service industries, health care, technology, staffing and construction. He has represented clients involved in virtually every aspect of ESOP transactions, including corporate sponsors, trustees, shareholders, and buyers and sellers of ESOP companies. He advises businesses at all stages of their development, from formation, through acquisitions and divestitures, and ultimately to succession planning and liquidity events, such as ESOP sales and sales to strategic and private equity buyers. He counsels middle-market and closely held companies with regard to their financing needs, corporate governance, shareholder disputes and exit strategies.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Summers was a partner in the Atlanta office of McGuire Woods LLP, a national law firm, for 11 years. Prior to 1999, he practiced law with various law firms, including nearly 20 years in his own firm. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge James C. Hill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (the Watergate Committee).


State Bar of Georgia

Glass Systems Inc., Board of Advisors, 2013-present

The Miller Clapperton Partnership Inc., Board of Advisers, 2011-present

Orthalliance Inc., Board of Directors, 1997-2001; Chairman, 1999-2001

Community Involvement

Shepherd Center, Board of Advisors, 2009-present

Practice Highlights




The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, 1973

The University of Georgia, BBA, 1970

Bar Admissions


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004-2005