Kimberly Summers

Kimberly Summers

New York, New York

Kimberly Summers believed that in starting her own practice, she could be more effective in helping people deal with a variety of legal issues with a focus on integrity, aggressive advocacy and a commitment to the attorney-client relationship. Having litigated hundreds of state and federal criminal cases, and completing dozens of criminal trials, Ms. Summers has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Top Woman Attorney every year since 2013 and was selected in 2015 by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as a "Top 10 under 40" criminal defense attorney.  Together with Douglas Schneider they formed Summers & Schneider, P.C., a law firm dedicated to the protection and effective representation of their clients.

Summers & Schneider, P.C. has allowed Ms. Summers to fully realize her passion for helping clients at all levels of litigation and on a wide range of legal issues. Having spent most of her career working with criminal defense clients, Ms. Summers realizes the importance of being able to help clients navigate the often difficult and overwhelming criminal justice system. Additionally, she believes that a client should always have regular contact and communication with their attorney, which is why she also strives to return all calls and emails to clients within 24 hours, a policy not implemented by most attorneys.

Ms. Summers is heavily involved in all aspects of her clients cases, from the investigation stage to disposition and her career already includes a great deal of experience in high-profile legal matters, as well as a long list of awards and recognition from everywhere she has worked and studied. Ms. Summers routinely handles high profile cases that are covered in both local and national media outlets, including the front page of the New York Times, CNN, and international news stations.  One of her jury trials was even featured in the HBO documentary "Sex Crimes Unit" which aired in June of 2011.

In 2007, Ms. Summers returned to New York after several years of practice in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She was immediately offered a position at a firm where she primarily handled criminal defense and related litigation matters for over three years. Ms. Summers has counseled and represented clients on a wide range of criminal issues including violent crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, federal embezzlement, federal conspiracy, drug crimes, DUI and more. During that time, she successfully obtained dismissals on felony cases in nearly every jurisdiction in the New York City area, even where the clients were exposed to over twenty years incarceration. Her skill as a criminal defense attorney is defined by her impressive track record of success.

Ms. Summers is also actively involved in various legal communities outside of the firm, including serving as a member of the highly respected Capital Punishment Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York, where she has served as chair of the habeas training seminar numerous times. She continued her involvement in criminal defense matters by moderating the program "Existential Crisis in the Courtroom: Capital Punishment, Civil Commitment and the Terror Management Theory."

While in law school, Ms. Summers assisted in defending several federal death penalty cases and even represented her own criminal defense clients during her third year as a law student. During this time she was also trained by one of the country's most prominent and well recognized capital defense litigators. It was ultimately these experiences in the criminal defense field that set that path for her future career. After earning her law degree from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, she fought for the legal rights of those accused of crimes in and around Washington, D.C. and now continues that fight in New York. Ms. Summers was highly decorated during her law school years, earning various awards. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and ran her local student chapter at the law school. The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Ms. Summers was also on the national trial team and was Chancellor of trials for the Moot Court Board. During her time on the trial team, they finished as semifinalists in the TYLA national trials competition and Ms. Summers won "best cross examination" at the Michigan Law School National Trial Advocacy Competition. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Summers, interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office where she gained invaluable insight into how cases are prosecuted.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Honors: Won “best cross examination” at the Michigan Law School National Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Honors: Semi-finalist in TYLA national trials competition
    • Honors: Chancellor of trials for the Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Deans Award for Excellence for involvement in Innocence Project 2004, 2005


  • “Existential Crisis in the Courtroom: Capital Punishment, Civil Commitment and the Terror Management Theory”
  • Guest Lecturer, Cardozo Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Featured in the HBO “Sex Crimes Unit” which debuted in June, 2011
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Top Woman Attorney- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Recognized by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as a “Top 10 under 40” attorney nationwide
  • Avvo Clients Choice Award for Criminal Defense, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Capital Punishment Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York, 2008 - Present
  • Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Board of Directors
  • Habeas Training Seminar, Chair 2008, 2015