Ever since Maureen Summers became "Of Counsel" to the firm she founded, Summers & Shives, APC, in 1995, she has focused on her mediation career. She had mediated over 4,500 disputes involving a variety of subject matter, but primarily focused on personal injury matters, including serious injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death matters. She has extensive experience with the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Business Practice under Business & Professions Code section 17200 as well as employment, construction and insurance matters. Prior to withdrawing from the program in 2001, Ms. Summers was one of the most requested mediator on the court's pilot program. One attorney commented, "she was so impressive as a mediator and knowledgeable on product defect and warranty issues that I continued utilizing her in that capacity despite being opposing counsel in an ongoing matter." One plaintiff attorney noted, "She is one of the best mediators in town, especially for personal injury cases." Many other plaintiff and defense attorney's have concurred. Ms. Summers' abilities as a mediator were acknowledged by the San Diego legal community when they selected her as one of three "Best Lawyers" in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Field in San Diego Magazine (2007) and as one of Daily Journal's Top Neutrals (2008).
All types of Personal Injury
Hobbies & Interests
In her spare time, she enjoys reading biographies, traveling, hiking and water-coloring historic landscapes.
Of Counsel, Summers & Shives, APC, devoted 100% to mediation services (1995-Present)
Principal, Summers & Shives, APC, General Civil Litigation (1991-95)
Associate, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, General Civil Litigation (1984-91)
Arbitrator, California State Bar, Attorney/Client Fee Disputes (1992-02)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D., University of California, Davis (1984)
B.A., San Diego State University (1979)
Member, ABA TIPS sections Committee on ADR
Member & Past President, Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter of ACR (formerly SPIDR)
Member, Southern California Mediation Association
Member, California Dispute Resolution Counsel
Achievements & Awards
Named one of California's "Super Lawyers" in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2012-2018)
Selected by the Los Angeles Daily Journal for its list of "The Top 40 Neutrals in California" (2008 & 2009)
Honored as one of the "Top Lawyers" in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Field in San Diego Magazine by the San Diego legal community (2007-2018)
Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Mediation (2014-2018)
Named the Best Lawyers' 2015 and 2018 San Diego Mediation "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year."
Selected as the sole neutral in the 2017 Best Lawyers Spring Business Edition 2017 - Women of Influence.