Matthew Summers is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Matthew’s practice focuses on complex litigation in both state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes contract disputes, government investigations, False Claims Act defense, product liability defense, mass tort and class action defense, Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, post-merger expert determinations and white collar criminal defense. Matthew also has an active pro bono practice.


Thought Leadership


Presenter, “Hate Speech and the First Amendment: From Skokie to Charlottesville” (September 2017)

Panelist, “How to Become an Indispensable Member of Your Trial Team” (December 2018)

Panelist, “A Tale of Two Cities” Market Insights Panel, USC Gould School of Law (January 2023)

Panelist, California Law Students Association Lunch Panel, University of Chicago Law School (April 2023)


“Future Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2024

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2016–2022

Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Los Angeles Office, 2023

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

  • Litigation Committee
  • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

California Young Lawyers Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016California


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.
  • University of Southern CaliforniaB.A., Political Science