Mary Lou Summerville

Ms. Summerville joined Wheat Oppermann PLLC in 2014 after 18 years at a mid-sized regional firm. She has extensive experience defending clients in employer liability, environmental liability, and products liability cases with an emphasis on workers' compensation (including LHWCA) and toxic torts (benzene, asbestos, silica and ephedra). With a proven track record of quickly identifying and pursuing the best interests of her clients, she solves problems that face her clients in an effective, efficient and ethical manner. Ms. Summerville has an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, authoritative resource for information on attorneys worldwide. The AV rating is an indication of very high to preeminent legal ability, an exemplary reputation, and a well-established practice and is the highest rating in legal ability and professional ethics that a law firm or attorney can achieve.

Many of Ms. Summerville’s clients are carriers and employers who direct their worker’s compensation insurance carrier to direct claims to our firm because they know that Ms. Summerville will fight relentlessly against fraudulent claims helping the insured employers protect their OSHA recordable modifier rating. Some lawyers routinely advise their clients to accept specious worker’s compensation claims because of the difficulty in overcoming the statutory presumptions that favor employees who allege a work-related injury. Our firm understands that exploring potential medical evidence and meticulously reviewing medical records can result in the discovery of viable defenses to defend fraudulent claims or limit the extent of the compensable injury to rein in future medical benefits exposure. Often involved in the initial investigation of work-related incidents, our experience enables us to take quick and decisive action to develop a viable basis upon which to base a denial of a questionable claim in the short time frame allotted by Texas law.

Ms. Summerville was raised in a number of US cities. A native Texan, her family not only lived in Waco, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas before she graduated from high school, they also lived in Denver, Philadelphia, and Tulsa. After graduation from Texas A&M University, she spent a year in Washington, DC as a research assistant monitoring federal legislation prior to attending law school. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, she chose to remain in her "adopted" hometown of Houston where she permanently resides with her husband and son in the Heights.