Lee A. Summerford

 Lee A. Summerford

Lee A. Summerford

Partner
Location:
Savannah, Georgia
Phone:
912-236-3311
800-554-5128 (Toll free)
Fax:
912-236-8725
Email:

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1996
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D (Cum Laude) - 1996
    • Honors: Brainerd Currie Honor Society
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards
    • Honors: James C. Rehberg Academic Scholarship
    • Honors: Tax Scholar by the Georgia Federal Tax Conference
    • Law Review: Mercer Law Review, Senior Managing Editor
  • Mercer University,
    • B.A., - 1993
    • Honors: Clifton Forrester Memorial Scholarship
    • Honors: Georgia Baptist Heritage Scholarship
    • Honors: National Scholarship-Leadership Award

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law & Professional Corporations
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Taxation

Lee A. Summerford is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated partner in the Tax and Corporate section of the firm. Mr. Summerford concentrates his practice in the areas of business law and estate planning. His business practice includes corporate, partnership and LLC formation, contract preparation and negotiation, sales and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, and succession planning. His estate planning practice ranges from simple wills to complex tax-motivated estate planning, and he handles all aspects of probate, estate and trust administration. In addition, Mr. Summerford regularly deals with the Internal Revenue Service and State Department of Revenue on estate and income tax issues.

Mr. Summerford handles a number of issues peculiar to physicians and medical practices including shareholder agreements, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, hospital privileges, and state and federal regulatory issues and compliance.

Mr. Summerford attended Mercer University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. While an undergraduate, Mr. Summerford was Grand Master (President) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was awarded the Kappa Sigma National Scholarship-Leadership Award. He also received the Georgia Baptist Heritage Scholarship and the Clifton Forrester Memorial Scholarship.

Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Lee attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and received his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1996. While at Mercer, he served as Senior Managing Editor of the Mercer Law Review and was a member of the Brainerd Currie Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Lee graduated in the top 2% of his class, and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Property, Torts, American Legal History, Civil Procedure II, and Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9). He also was the recipient of the James C. Rehberg Academic Scholarship and was named the 1996 Tax Scholar by the Georgia Federal Tax Conference.

Mr. Summerford is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Fiduciary Law, Health Care and Corporate sections), the Savannah Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Governors at the Forest City Gun Club.

Mr. Summerford has been included in "Best Lawyers in America" for Trusts and Estates from 2003 through the present including “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016. In addition, Mr. Summerford was named a Georgia "Rising Star" by Atlanta Magazine in the area of Closely Held Businesses from 2006 to 2011, and has been named to Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in the areas of Taxes / Estates / Trusts for 2013, 2016 and 2017. In 2001, he was recognized as one of the top "40 Business Leaders Under 40" in the Savannah Business Report and Journal.

He is admitted to practice before the Georgia state courts, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States Tax Court.

Lee is also a family man and is most proud of his wife, Mary Dekle Summerford, who has been a public school history teacher for 25 years, his daughter Katie who has followed in her parents’ footsteps at Mercer University, and his son Jake who is a sophomore Cadet at Benedictine Military School.  Lee is an avid outdoorsman and competitive skeet and sporting clays shooter recently named to the 2017 National Sporting Clays Association Georgia All State Team.  He has coached his children in many sports over the last 15 years and is very involved in youth shooting in the Savannah area as a founder and director of the Forest City Juniors youth shooting team and as the Head Coach of the Varsity Sport Shooting Team at Benedictine Military School.

Honors and Awards

  • "The Best Lawyers in America", 2013 - 2015
  • "Best Lawyers Consumers Guide"
  • "Best Lawyers in America" for Trusts and Estates, 2003 - Present
  • "Best Lawyers in America" - Lawyer of the Year , 2016
  • Georgia "Rising Star" by Atlanta Magazine in the area of Closely Held Businesses, 2006 - 2011
  • Georgia Trend's 2013 Legal Elite in Taxes / Estates / Trusts for 2013, 2016 and 2017
  • 40 Business Leaders Under 40" - Savannah Business Report and Journal, 2001
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Savannah Bar Association