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
Shepherd Center, Board of Advisors, 2009-present
Served as counsel to the Trustee in the purchase by an Employee Stock Ownership Trust of the stock of a casino.
Served as counsel to an Atlanta software company in the establishment of an ESOP and sale of its stock to the related Employee Stock Ownership Trust, drafting and negotiating all legal documents and negotiating terms of sale with Trustee’s counsel and Sellers’ counsel.
Served as counsel to the Trustee for the sale of shares of a manufacturing company valued at approximately $270 million to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust. Involved a pre-transaction AAA distribution and a simultaneous redemption and ESOP sale.
Served as counsel to an anesthesia group in the sale to a strategic buyer owned by one of the world’s largest private equity firms.
Served as counsel to an Atlanta-based construction company in a second stage ESOP transaction for the sale of additional shares to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
- Corporate and Business
- Health Care
- Lending and Corporate Finance
The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, 1973
- Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editor
The University of Georgia, BBA, 1970
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
Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004-2005