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David B. Summer Jr.

Board of Directors of the Firm
Columbia | 803.253.8910
Fax | 803.255.8017

With three decades of experience as a trusted adviser to hospitals and health care providers throughout the country, David Summer has become a significant ally to his clients. David has counseled many clients in nearly all aspects of health care law, from issues involving day-to-day operations to advising boards of directors on strategy and policy. As a former business owner and hospital board member, he has a unique understanding of the issues facing health care clients.

David’s business acumen has been recognized by his partners, as he is currently serving his third term on the firm’s board of directors and is a former leader of the firm's Health Care Practice Group. He is also an involved civic and community leader and has served on the board of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Representative Experience

  • Counseled clients on regulatory compliance that include fraud and abuse laws, Stark, EMTALA, and HIPAA.
  • Counseled hospitals and other providers regarding a variety of legal issues that include patient rights, employment and personnel matters, medical staff issues, confidentiality of medical records, risk management, malpractice, and general contract issues.
  • Advised health care providers regarding Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement and reimbursement from other third-party payers.
  • Advised hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians, and other providers on issues regarding Certificate of Need and licensure law and represented providers before the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and in contested cases.
  • Represented physicians during investigations and in proceedings before the State Board of Medical Examiners and in related matters with the Narcotic and Drug Control Division, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Health Care Law, 2005-2024; Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2007-2024
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Health Care, 2021-2023
  • Columbia Business Monthly's Top Attorney in Health Care Law, 2017-2021; "Legal Elite" in Health Care Law, 2013-2015, 2017-2022
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Health Care; Government; Public Policy
  • Order of Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers


  • American Health Lawyers Association, Life Member
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member