A Gainesville attorney who served as lead counsel on several high-profile cases that garnered national media attention has died.
Dan Summer passed away on Thursday. Summer died in his home after a long battle with ALS. He was 55.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Summer served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit from 1985 to 1989. In 1989, he and his wife opened the Summer & Summer law firm in Gainesville, where he specialized in criminal defense cases.
Summer served as President of the Northeastern Bar Association in 2001-2002. He served on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
In addition, Summer served Gainesville Main Street and the Gainesville Redevelopment Authority. He was the Chairman and CEO of Summer Historic Acquisitions LLP, an historic redevelopment company.
A celebration of life will be held at Grove Street Station, 610 Grove Street Gainesville. 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel is handling arrangements.