Jonna Summers works with clients to resolve disputes in a variety of areas, including energy, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation, in state and federal courts. Jonna is often brought in to build and implement a strategy to obtain relief through motion practice to facilitate faster, favorable resolution. Jonna’s ability to carry out complex legal strategies through strong written and oral advocacy before trial courts and on appeal makes her particularly valuable to clients.

Honors & Recognitions

Firm’s 2018 Pro Bono Award Winner

Credentials

Education

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2007

B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University, summa cum laude, History and Communications, 2005

Admissions

Texas

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Federal Circuits

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Schneider, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Experience

Energy Litigation

  • Represented energy company to limit liability in a post-closing dispute arising from a $2.4 billion acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin
  • Represented public energy company in a dispute arising from the design and construction of a crude oil splitter complex
  • Represented oil transportation company in a dispute to recover payment for rendered services
  • Represented gas fittings manufacturer in a product liability dispute
  • Represented oil pipeline company to defeat allegations of liability for personal injury
  • Represented energy company against allegations of breach of contract and fraud arising from the termination of an illegal kickback scheme
  • Represented energy company on appeal to secure summary judgment relief and award of attorneys’ fees
  • Represented energy company on appeal to secure the jury’s take-nothing judgment

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Represented clients in a variety of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret disputes  

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Represented trustees in fraudulent transfer and preference actions to recover wrongfully transferred assets
  • Represented creditors to obtain favorable sales and settlements

Other Commercial Litigation

  • Represented former pharmaceutical employees against a myriad of common law allegations of wrongdoing
  • Represented financial institution to obtain quick summary judgment to stay meritless arbitration
  • Represented non-profit, research institution to declare unenforceable an unworkable contract
  • Represented chemical manufacturer in a dispute against roofing company to recover losses resulting from defective work
  • Represented construction company in overturning an adverse judgment for alleged defects in a hazardous waste containment facility
  • Represented chemical manufacturer in a dispute to recover against a utility for its wanton termination of power to the manufacturer’s facility
  • Represented individual to secure confirmation of a favorable contested settlement on appeal
  • Represented public company to defend summary judgment of breach of contract and an award of attorneys’ fees as damages
  • Represented numerous other entities in commercial disputes before trial courts and on appeal

Newsroom

Publications

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Member

Houston Bar Association, Member