Summer

Summer McKeivier

Senior Attorney

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Based in Chapman Law Group’s Los Angeles/Southern California Office  Practices Nationally

About Me

Summer McKeivier is an experienced federal trial attorney representing clients nationwide in the areas of federal criminal defense, health care fraud and abuse, governmental investigations, and DEA matters, including prosecutions related to overprescribing allegations.

Based out of Chapman Law Group’s Los Angeles branch, Summer is exceptionally skilled in federal matters, representing clients in almost every U.S. District Court in the U.S. She is licensed to practice state matters in California, Michigan, Texas, and New York.

Example of recent matters:

  • Our client, a certified pharmacy technician, received a target letter for health care fraud. She was accused of billing insurance for prescriptions that patients did not pick up. After reviewing all the facts regarding our client’s employment, it was clear there was no benefit for such fraud to anyone but the owner/pharmacist. We met with the government and were able to convince them that our client made a better witness in this case than a defendant, as she knew the ins and outs of the day-to-day operations and about the fraudulent practices by the pharmacist. Our client was not prosecuted.
  • Our client, a home health care recruiter, was charged with conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks and three counts of receipt of health care kickbacks. We argued that medically necessary services procured by kickbacks were not subject to loss and restitution, and we were able to negotiate a reduced plea offer. A detailed mitigating sentencing packet presented to the court resulted in our client serving one day of jail time and paying restitution of $479,000, when he could have faced five years in prison and more than $2.2 million in restitution and fines.

Summer has been recognized in the media and has been a featured commentator on many television programs — including “American Gangster,” the Biography Network and REELZ — and her cases have appeared in several media news outlets.

Her experience in public and media relations are valuable in high-publicity health care fraud and physician prescribing cases, where cases are often fought in the press before they reach the courtroom.

Summer is known for her keen litigation ability. She has earned a reputation for her intensive preparation and equally impressive case results including numerous acquittals.

Prior to joining Chapman Law Group, she worked for a Los Angeles-based nationwide federal criminal defense law firm. There, she represented clients in a wide array of federal felony offenses, including health care fraud conspiracy and drug trafficking. In addition, she has argued federal appeals before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted to the Fourth and Ninth circuits.

Summer began her education at Louisiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and was bound for medical school. Following a summer in Washington, D.C., she shifted her focus to the legal profession. During her legal studies, she joined the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. She also accepted an internship as a certified law student in the Los Angeles District County District Attorney’s office, where she participated in a series of criminal prosecutions.

Summer works with clients all across the U.S., as well as cities, counties, and communities in and around Los Angeles and Southern California: Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, as well as Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.

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Legal Qualifications

Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2004    
  • Texas, 2011    
  • New York, 2015
  • Oklahoma, 2015
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2015    
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2017
  • 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017
  • Michigan, 2018

Education

  • Southwestern School of Law, 2003
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., Pre-Medicine, Kinesiology, 2000

Press

  • “Cosby Under Fire,” REELZ Channel

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