Attorneys & Staff

Meet Our Chattanooga Attorneys

At the law firm of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, our attorneys handle a broad range of legal matters, including personal injury, asbestos litigation, criminal defense, labor union law, Social Security Disability (SSD) and workers’ compensation.

A pillar of the community since 1969, our firm has a proven record of results achieving favorable outcomes for our clients’ legal matters. Our attorneys put more than 140 years of collective legal experience to work for the people we serve.

To learn more about the professional qualifications of each of our attorneys, please click on the links provided below:


Jerry H. Summers

Jerry H. Summers is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee. Following his graduation from law school, he initially worked for two years as a prosecutor in the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.

Jeffrey W. Rufolo

Jeffrey W. Rufolo grew up in New Jersey and originally came to Chattanooga in 1983 to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on a wrestling scholarship. He liked the area so much he decided to stay.

Jimmy F. Rodgers, Jr.

Jimmy’s legal career has focused on protecting the rights of individuals against big corporations. His main work is in three areas:

  • pursuing justice for victims of dangerous corporate products (mainly mesothelioma and asbestos victims);
  • representing unions; and
  • advocating for employee’s rights.

Marya L. Schalk

Marya Schalk graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005. She served as a law clerk for one year to the Honorable Joseph M. Tipton of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville. In 2006, she joined the law firm of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers.

Benjamin L. McGowan

Ben McGowan became a member of the firm, then known as Summers & Wyatt, PC, in 2012, following six years of successful private practice and Of Counsel association with Cavett & Abbott, PLLC.

Amber Brown, Joy Hayes, Nick Walker

Joy Hayes, Amber Brown, Molly McGinnis

Contact Us

If you are facing a serious legal problem, our attorneys are here to help you explore your legal options. Contact us today online or by telephone at 423-265-2385 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Chattanooga, TN, lawyer.

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