Susan Ridgeway

Susan has 25 years of experience in the legal profession. She concentrates her practice on commercial and family transactions and litigation. She is rated “AV” for legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell.

Susan is recognized as an authority in Montana on assisted reproductive technology law. She has established parentage in Montana for numerous intended parents through surrogacy and donor arrangements, including intended parents residing in other countries or states. She has successfully obtained remedies for clients desiring to form, protect, or dissolve relationships that lack legal recognition. She has handled complex valuations and divisions of businesses, retirement assets, and real property. She is a member of the American Bar Association, its Family Law Section and its Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee. She is also a member of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Susan also has significant experience handling construction, business, and property transactions and litigation. Her clients are construction contractors, property developers, condominium associations, small business owners, physicians, and health care professionals.

Susan has the experience to meet her clients’ needs. After law school she worked as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals in Seattle, as a Washington State Assistant Attorney General in Spokane, and as an associate with the law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. in Missoula. She ran her own law practice for fifteen years before joining Axilon Law Group, PLLC.

Active in community affairs, Susan is a current board member of Friends of Missoula Parks, Inc., and a past board member of Missoula City Parks and Recreation, Blue Mountain Clinic, and Missoula Community School. She has served as a writing coach and on policy committees for Missoula County Public Schools, and as a team manager, assistant coach, or referee for Missoula Strikers Soccer Association. Susan enjoys cycling, mountain biking, and playing ice hockey with friends.