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Sue Ann Lewis Armitage

Managing Partner
Armitage & Armitage

Managing partner of the Lexington Park law firm of Armitage and Armitage, Sue Ann Lewis Armitage has long been an advocate for women who were victims of domestic violence.

She worked with such women for decades at the St. Mary’s Women’s Center (now the Family Advocacy Center) and with Judicare, a reduced-fee family law center.

What is the most important thing you do in your job?

My honest answer is to help people. It is very rewarding when you can liberate someone from an abusive or bad relationship. It is an even better feeling when you can extricate children from a hostile environment.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?

I wish there was more collegiality among the members of the family law bar. There is so much inherent animosity between the parties; the attorneys certainly could do a better job in approaching and working with the opposing counsel.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

I would enjoy going back and being a professor at the college level. I was an adjunct professor early in my career and I enjoyed the intellectual banter with the students. For extra credit, I would allow the students to argue in support of their incorrect answers on exams. It was rewarding to watch young adults passionately argue their positions, just like being in the courtroom!