MaryAnn Armstrong / Principal Solicitor & Director
Mary Ann grew up in country Queensland. Her early childhood was spent on a sheep and cattle property on the Warrego River between the towns of Charleville and Cunamulla. She went to boarding school at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School when she was in year five and then boarded at The Glennie School in Toowoomba before finishing her schooling at Dalby State High School where she was the vice captain of the school in year 12.
Upon completing her secondary education, Mary Ann resided in Brisbane and then Charleville before living on Norfolk Island where she married. In 1993 she returned to Queensland and started her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at the University of Southern Queensland.
Mary Ann graduated winning a university prize and an early childhood prize for being first in class. During the degree Mary Ann had her first 2 children.
Mary Ann then worked as an educator at Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School -TACAPS- (known as Toowoomba Prep in those days) from 1997 to 2004.
Mary Ann later completed her Master of Education, with an excellent achievement of a Grade Point Average of 6, before deciding, in 2008, to begin a Juris Doctor.
On commencing that postgraduate degree Mary Ann had six children, one of whom was just a baby. She worked part time in the University of Southern Queensland Law School and the Faculty of Business during her first year of full time study. At the beginning of her second year she decided to move to Brisbane to seek full time work in a legal practice so as to enhance her practical exposure to working in the law. She continued to study on a full time basis while working full time for a Solicitor in Sandgate. Mary Ann continued to raise her young family whilst working and studying full time.
During her Juris Doctor MaryAnn was invited to join the Golden Key Society. Membership of this international collegiate honour society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of university students worldwide and is based solely on academic achievements. MaryAnn is proud to be a lifelong member of Golden Key, a society that is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement with an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.
In 2010 she completed her Juris Doctor with an exceptional Grade Point Average of 6.3. Mary Ann was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court in 2011. After her admission Mary Ann continued to work as a supervised solicitor holding a supervised practising certificate for a further 2 years. After completing her Practice Management Course at the Queensland Law Society Mary Ann obtained a Principal Practising Certificate.
Mary Ann then became a Legal Practitioner Director and established two law firms for a company located in Stafford before establishing her own firm, Armstrong Kutz Lawyers, in February 2014. Qualified to appear in both Queensland State Court and Federal Court Mary Ann is also a sworn Justice of the Peace- Qualified. A member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland and The Queensland Law Society Mary Ann has been nominated for numerous awards over the years including A Lawyers Weekly award.
Mary Ann is a passionate, enthusiastic, effective and efficient lawyer who works extremely hard for her clients and their desired outcomes. She offers all areas of legal assistance and has a wide network of peers to refer on to if required. Mary Ann has spent considerable time working with victims of child sexual abuse and campaigns for their cause with a strong and informed voice. She works tirelessly for Family Law Client's and victims of family violence. She is a general practitioner with a determination to help people find solutions at all stages of their lives.
Jeffrey Stevenson / Associate Solicitor
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
Born and bred in Brisbane, Jeffrey attended Holland Park Primary and the Anglican Church Grammar School for his primary school education. In his secondary educational years he attended Brisbane Boys College. Jeffery completed his law degree at QUT and has been a practising solicitor since 2013.
Since completing his Bachelor of Laws at QUT Jeffrey has worked in a number of boutique firms in Brisbane and has been with Armstrong Kutz since 2015.
Jeffrey has spent many years in the legal profession before becoming a practicing solicitor.
It was in 2013 that he met MaryAnn Armstrong and decided to obtain his practicing certificate so that they could work together at another law firm in Brisbane. It was during this time that they both realised that they worked extremely well together and held similar beliefs and values in relation to the delivery of professional services. It is for that reason that they work so closely to this day. Jeffrey had no hesitation in joining MaryAnn at Armstrong Kutz Lawyers once it was established in Bulimba.
Jeffrey has a wide level of experience in many areas of law. In particular he has considerable experience with commercial debt recovery and personal injuries and compensation. Since joining our team he has been enjoying the challenges of being a general practitioner.
Jeffrey is dedicated to working with clients to resolve their problems. He can often be found at the Supreme Court Library after hours and on weekends researching case law in relation to the particular circumstances of one of his clients. He is an avid reader of law publications to which he often refers during the files that he works on.
Jeffrey appears in Family Court, Magistrates Court, QCAT and the District Court. He can be relied upon to be thoroughly prepared and informed prior to any court appearance.
Jeffrey forms very positive relationships with clients. Many clients report that the passion and determination that he has demonstrated throughout their matter has been most impressive and highly appreciated.