• California


  • Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, J.D.
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Honors
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA. A.B.
    • cum laude
    • honors in Sociology and History of Art and Architecture

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star


  • Hon. William Alsup, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco, CA

Alexandra P. Summer (Alexa) is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where she represents clients in securities, financial fraud, shareholder rights, and corporate governance matters and business and consumer class actions.

Ms. Summer is a trial lawyer.  She brings her trial experience to every aspect of litigation, from the investigation to filing to motions, discovery, and trial itself.  She has been recognized for her commitment to her clients and ability to move their cases forward in litigation to reach the best possible outcome for their interests as expeditiously as possible.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Summer was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, San Francisco, assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section of the Criminal Division.  As an AUSA, Ms. Summer established her expertise with all aspects of criminal matters, including investigative methods, charging, detention issues, witness preparation, settlement negotiations, sentencing, supervised release violations, and trial.  Ms. Summer was responsible for numerous felony criminal cases including violations of drug-trafficking statutes, violent crimes, wire fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.  Ms. Summer received consistent praise from her law enforcement partners, and was recognized by her leadership as “invaluable to the unit” and received awards for outstanding performance.  Ms. Summer has been recognized by district judges for excellent trial performances and litigation management.

Prior to serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Summer worked as an associate for two large firms in San Francisco.  In these positions Ms. Summer represented clients in commercial litigation, consumer class actions, and criminal defense and government enforcement matters.

Ms. Summer clerked for Judge William Alsup, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco.  Clerking for Judge Alsup provided invaluable skills and insights into the perspective of the court and the mechanics and substance of all aspects of litigation and trial work in federal court.  Ms. Summer was responsible for all criminal and securities cases, as well as half of all other non-intellectual property civil cases assigned to Judge Alsup.

Ms. Summer received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, with honors.  While at Columbia, she interned for Judge Robert Sack, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York.  She also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Legal Aid Society.  Ms. Summer was the Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts; a Legal Methods Teaching Assistant; a Constitutional Law Instructor for the High School Law Institute; and a participant in Harlan Fiske Stone Honors Moot Court.  Ms. Summer spent her first year of law school at Boston University, where she was a G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar; received the Dean’s Award in Criminal Law; and served as a Research Assistant to Andrew Kull, Reporter for the Third Restatement of Restitution, for The American Law Institute.

Ms. Summer received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, with honors in her fields of Sociology and History of Art and Architecture.  She participated extensively on committees at Harvard Hillel, and volunteered in community groups such as the Small Claims Advisory Service while at Harvard.  Ms. Summer worked all four years at the Harvard College Office of Admissions, and continues to serve as an interviewer for Harvard College.