Retired Partner
Real Estate


For more than two decades, Debra Summers has provided legal counsel to Silicon Valley's leading technology and growth companies with respect to their real estate and environmental matters. In 2013, Debra retired as a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she chaired the firm's real estate and environmental practice, and specialized in leasing, facility design, construction, financing and development, sale lease-backs, synthetic financings, and environmental compliance and violation resolution. She also has extensive experience in corporate financings, equipment leasing, leveraged buy-outs, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Her practice was multi-state and international in scope.

Debra has appeared and prevailed before the California Supreme Court (Citizens for Covenant Compliance v. Anderson, 1996) and has served as an adjunct professor for the University of California at Berkeley's Environmental Certification Program. She is a well-known speaker on real estate and environmental issues.

  • J.D., University of San Francisco, 1980
    Summa Cum Laude
  • Co-chair, Executive Committee, Real Property Section of the California Bar
  • Member, Joint State Bar Committee on Legal Opinions in California Real Estate Transactions
  • Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental Law" by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005-2014
  • Named a Silicon Valley "Legal Eagle" by San Jose Magazine, 2001-2006
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Co-author, "Office Leasing, Drafting, and Negotiating the Lease," (CEB, Commercial Leasing Series)
  • "Strategies Corporations, Shareholders, and Directors Can Employ to Reduce Environmental Liability," National Law Journal
  • State Bar of California
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4843

Email | Debra

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