Helping Detroit's Emerging and Small Businesses Successfully Address Their Legal Needs





Complex commercial and contract disputes

Business torts, including fraud, defamation and tortious interference


Real estate


Premises liability defense


Mortgage lending matters


Commercial landlord-tenant

Civil appeals

Arbitrations and mediations



Entity formation

Commercial lending



Summerville Law Firm provides high quality and affordable legal services to businesses and individuals. T.L. Summerville, the founding member of Summerville Law Firm, is an experienced business and real estate litigator and effective advocate, having been a criminal prosecutor in New York and Michigan, a partner at one of Detroit's largest and most prestigious civil law firms, and an in-house attorney for a major U.S. bank.  T.L. will use the broad and diverse skills and expertise he has gained since 1997 to help you accomplish your legal goals and objectives efficiently and promptly. With Summerville Law Firm, you'll receive client-oriented services, consistent communications, and reliable representation.



T.L. Summerville
Managing Member

My practice focuses on business, commercial, and real estate matters covering entity formation, lending and real estate acquisition advice, contract drafting, and litigation. In my 20 years of practicing law, I have handled numerous breach of contract and business tort cases and negotiated contractual agreements for clients large and small. I have also represented major financial institutions in mortgage litigation actions, automotive manufacturers in products liability and premises liability cases, oil and gas producers in environmental disputes, and business owners in a variety of commercial matters. Since completing law school, I have worked as a criminal prosecutor in New York and Michigan, was a partner at a large Detroit law firm, and served as in-housel counsel for a Michigan-based bank.



New York


United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Michigan state courts

New York state courts


Fordham Law School, Juris Doctor, 1997

University of Michigan, B.A., Economics, 1992




Summerville Law Firm, PLLC

1420 Washington Boulevard, Suite 301

Detroit, Michigan 48226

Phone: (313) 349-6600



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