Armstead Lewis
Associate
Houston Office Phone: (713) 653-7852 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education

Emory University (J.D., with honors)

Dallas Baptist University (M.B.A.)

Dallas Baptist University (B.B.A., business management)

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2017-2018)

Law Clerk to the Honorable Ed Kinkeade, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2016-2017)

 

Armstead Lewis
Associate

Armstead Lewis represents clients in federal and state courts across the country in a wide variety of high stakes matters including business disputes, trust and probate litigation, real estate litigation, telecommunication contract disputes, civil rights litigation, and energy disputes. The common thread in each case he takes on is his strategy – Armstead takes the time to understand his client’s goals and helps them visualize what success looks like for their particular dispute.

Armstead’s recent prominent matters include:

  • YH Lex Estates LLC v. HFZ, et al. A real estate action in which Armstead obtained $18.1 million in summary judgment rulings against three different defendants for YH Lex Estates LLC in a New York state court over unpaid debt. Armstead initially won an early summary judgment ruling against one of the two guarantors of an unpaid real estate project-related loan. Armstead later won a unanimous summary judgment ruling on appeal against the real estate firm defendant and the other guarantor.
  • Huston-Tillotson University v. Nextel Spectrum Acquisition Corp. An Educational Broadband Service license contract dispute, where Armstead settled a breach of contract matter on behalf of Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black college and university, against Sprint/T-Mobile. Huston-Tillotson held an Educational Broadband Service license that it leased to Sprint/T-Mobile and alleged that the wireless carrier breached contractual obligations. Armstead’s leadership and commitment to this matter led to a confidential settlement for the University.
  • State of Louisiana and Louisiana Parishes v. Chevron. An environmental dispute where Armstead is defending American multinational energy corporation, Chevron, in more than forty lawsuits relating to the loss of marsh land in Louisiana filed by Louisiana Parishes and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
  • KHC, LLC, et al. v. Kim Ogg, et al. A constitutional violation case where he represented a defendant in the multi-defendant litigation seeking the dismissal of § 1983 claims linked to alleged violations of constitutional rights. Armstead’s dedicated work in this matter positioned his client for success by helping secure dismissal of many alleged claims in pre-trial motions and a confidential settlement.

Armstead’s understanding of how to effectively advocate for his clients is primarily attributed to the mentoring he has received from judges on the federal judiciary. Prior to joining Susman Godfrey, Armstead completed federal clerkships for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Ed Kinkeade of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. During law school, he also worked as a legal extern for Judge Frank M. Hull of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Amy Totenberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. These experiences gave him an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the bench as well as an appreciation and understanding of both sides of the “v.”

Armstead further incorporates his training in business – which includes an M.B.A. and experience writing and researching about new developing business and consumer bankruptcy issues – as a means to understand client goals and navigate them toward favorable results.

Armstead graduated with honors from Emory University School of Law where he was Editor in Chief of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. For his publication in the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Armstead received the Keith J. Shapiro Award for excellence in consumer bankruptcy writing. Armstead also earned a B.B.A. in business management and M.B.A. from Dallas Baptist University. Armstead remains an active alumnus of Dallas Baptist University and serves on the Dallas Baptist University Alumni Board.

Honors and Distinctions

Editor in Chief, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal

Keith J. Shapiro Writing Award for Excellence in Consumer Bankruptcy Writing

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Houston Young Lawyers Association