Darren Summerville isn’t afraid to go where there is no path. He excelled in debate in high school and college, and graduated at the top of his law school class while winning every major writing award available in law school. He started his career in a top-notch litigation boutique—cutting his teeth on cases of racketeering, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and punitive damages—in trial courts and on appeal.
Then he took a different path—to a plaintiffs’ trial firm, often working with other attorneys on their appeals and sophisticated tort cases, using his commercial litigation skills to expose fraud and other abuses.
Now he has charted his own distinct way of practice. Darren litigates cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, in the appellate courts and at trial—anywhere there’s a dispute that needs a cutting-edge approach, with the high degree of professionalism and skill necessary to pull it off.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. 2002 (summa cum laude)
Georgia State University Law Review: Member (2000-2001), Managing Editor (2001-2002)
Full-tuition Research Assistantship, Professor Victor Flatt (2000-2002)
Judicial Intern, The Honorable Hugh Thompson, Supreme Court of Georgia (2001-2002)
Emory University, B.A. 1991 (Philosophy/Biology)
Alben W. Barkley (debate) scholar, Evelyn B. White (academic) scholar
Twice recognized as one of top ten individual debaters in the nation (1990, 1991)
Champion Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2009-present)
Amicus Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2008-present)
Member of American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and DeKalb County Bar Association
Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association Council for Younger Lawyers (2007-2008)
Angie is not your ordinary lawyer. Her unique background, which includes working as a professional actor in film, on television, and on stage, and conducting education policy research at the University of Chicago, enables her to distill and clearly communicate complex legal issues for her legal audience.
Before graduating at the top of her class at Georgia State University College of Law, Angie received her Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College, cum laude with honors and her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. While in law school, Angie served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Marvin Shoob of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and was named Best Oral Advocate by a moot court bench, which included Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold Melton and former Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gino Brogdon.
Angie’s legal experience includes years of practice at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP, where she worked on issues ranging from education to securities litigation.
Kurt Kastorf was working as a young associate at King & Spalding LLP when he came home to find a letter from the United States Attorney General asking him to join the Department of Justice. Over the next eight years—first at the Justice Department and then at WilmerHale LLP—Kurt routinely handled some of the nation’s most challenging appellate, litigation, and regulatory matters.
Kurt now brings his experience as a Washington, D.C. litigator back to Georgia. He has significant knowledge of the local judiciary, having worked for the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Kurt litigates cases on behalf of a wide range of clients, from the very large—he has represented two of the three largest internet companies in the world, and two of the three largest U.S. banks—to the small, including individual clients suffering serious personal injuries.
As a U.S. Supreme Court and appellate litigator, Kurt worked for and with many of the country’s most prominent appellate advocates, including Seth Waxman, Ed Kneedler, Paul Clement, and Carter Phillips. He has assisted clients with more than a hundred appeals, and his track record speaks for itself: over a decade of practice in Washington, D.C., Kurt won every appeal in which he served as lead counsel.
Kurt has represented individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies facing complex litigation and regulatory problems at every stage of the process, from when a client first learns of an adverse proposed regulation or a new enforcement action, to when a judgment must be overturned on appeal. Few attorneys in Georgia approach Kurt's knowledge of Federal regulatory matters and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Clients turn to Kurt when environment and natural resources disputes first appear headed towards litigation. He has litigated cases involving nearly 100 environmental statutes, and has worked with a diverse array of Federal agencies, including the U.S. EPA, the Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation, FERC, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Notable successes include securing court approval for the first commercial wind farm on Federal land, and obtaining a reversal on an abuse of discretion standard in a Clean Air Act enforcement matter worth several billion dollars.
Trial attorneys call on Kurt throughout the litigation process, from when they are brainstorming a complaint up until the eve of trial, when they need a talented advocate to brief and argue critical evidentiary issues and to serve as co-counsel, protecting the judgment from post-trial motions and on appeal. Kurt has experience both with individual claims such as medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, and trucking accidents, and with class actions, particularly consumer protection, securities, and antitrust. He also represents plaintiffs in False Claims Act and other whistleblower and fraud actions.
Kurt is a graduate of the National Trial Advocacy College and has taught trial and appellate practice at both the Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques and the National Advocacy Center.
Kurt was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2013-2017 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers.
Kurt is a graduate of both the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s LEAD program.
Kurt graduated with high honors and a full academic scholarship from Emory University School of Law. He served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal and Adjunct Editor of the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, and was the President of the American Constitution Society. He received the Paul Bryan Prize in Constitutional Law, the Henry Quillian Prize in Contracts, and the Dean's Award in seven courses.
Kurt graduated from Emory College with a dual major in philosophy and political science. He was in honors societies in both majors, and served as a Justice on both the Honor Council (enforced academic integrity) and Constitutional Council (judicial branch of student government). He was a competitive policy debater, winning a national championship his freshman year.
Kurt is licensed in both Georgia and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts of the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also admitted to the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals.
Kurt has graduated from both the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association LEAD Class and the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy, and is a Master of Lamar Inn of Court.
He is actively involved with Emory University, and has served on the Emory Law Alumni Board since 2012. He also sits on the Emory Law Journal Board of Consultants and the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project Advisory Board.
Kurt lives with his family in Candler Park, and is a Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 586.
Anna has been on the winning side in complex litigation in the trial and appellate courts of Georgia for decades. In her 20 years as a prosecutor in Metro Atlanta, Anna represented the State in high-profile homicide prosecutions such as State v. Hemy Neuman (2010 Dunwoody Daycare murder), State v. James Vincent Sullivan (1987 contract killing of Lita McClinton Sullivan), and State v. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Aka H. Rap Brown (2000 murder of Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy) as part of the trial team and as the lead appellate attorney.
Since making the switch to civil law in 2018 and joining The Summerville Firm, Anna has used her skills to help secure a $128 million jury verdict in the wrongful death and personal injury case Johnson v. Lee (Fannin County, GA). She has successfully briefed complex pretrial evidentiary issues, allowing her clients to secure several multi-million dollar settlements.
Anna has tried over 80 cases to verdict, briefed hundreds of cases in the Georgia Appellate Courts, and argued in the Georgia Supreme Court more than 60 times.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Japanese at the University of Notre Dame, Anna spent a year as a foster parent running a household for HIV positive infants and children in Houston, TX.She then graduated from Emory University School of Law, and lives in Decatur with her husband and children.
Maxwell K. Thelen (Max)
Max brings a wealth of experience, a passion for solving difficult problems, and an industrious ethic to every case.
Max began his legal career by gaining perspective from the other side of the bench, clerking for the Hon. Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. After a year of federal trial court experience, he had the privilege of working behind the bench at the federal appellate level, clerking for the Hon. Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
After two years on the judicial side of the law, Max landed a position at a large law firm in Atlanta, where he devoted his practice 100% to litigation of liability matters in defense. Max took responsibility for dozens of high-value cases, personally handling fact and expert discovery, depositions, mediations, motions practice, and argument across the state of Georgia in state and federal court. His clients ranged from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations.
After a few years in the trenches, Max joined the Summerville Firm. Here, at an agile, boutique firm, he has the freedom to craft solutions and articulate arguments to resolve the thorniest issues in exceptionally high-value cases. Within his first year, he was embedded appellate counsel for a trial team which obtained a $9.6M jury verdict in a wrongful death case. Since then, he routinely works on dispositive motions and appeals with seven and eight figure awards at stake. Max focuses on the big picture while leaving no detail unattended and striving to provide excellent client service.
In addition to his legal practice, Max brings thirteen years of military service in the Georgia Army National Guard, where he currently serves as a Judge Advocate officer. He previously served as a cavalry scout and a Signal Corps Officer. His JAG roles have included Defense Counsel and Trial Counsel during a stint in Iraq in 2019. That background layered over his civilian legal practice has shaped him into a results-driven, people-focused team player who thrives in adversity. The passion for service and excellence Max brings is a rarity, but you would be even more hard pressed to find a lawyer who has driven a tank.
Max, a native Georgian, graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University, with a B.B.A. in Economics. He received his law degree summa cum laude from Regent University School of Law, where he also served as a senior editor on the Law Review and a board member on the Trial Advocacy Board. Settled back home in Georgia, Max serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of Covenant Christian School, on the Policy and Personnel Committee of Smyrna Presbyterian Church, and on the board of the Federalist Society Atlanta Young Lawyer’s Chapter. Max lives in Marietta with his wife, four kids, and two enormous dogs who enjoy being outside and running almost as much as he does.