Name: Elizabeth L. Fite
Title: Assistant County Attorney
Current primary practice area: Civil litigation
DeKalb County, 2017 to present
King & Spalding, 2015-2016
Kutak Rock, 2011-2015
Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint, 2006-2011
Owen, Gleaton, Egan Jones & Sweeney, 2005-2006
Emory University School of Law, 2005; Hendrix College, 2002
What drew you to a career in law?
I was initially drawn to a career in law because I am a strong believer in the rule of law and had a desire to help people peacefully resolve their differences with a goal of promoting fairness and justice.
Have you set a specific goal that you want to achieve in the next year?
As a newly-minted officer of the State Bar of Georgia, I’d like to use that platform to develop a greater understanding of the needs of the legal community and the public at large to determine how the State Bar can best address those needs.
What has been your proudest career moment and your biggest hurdle?
To date, one of my proudest career moments was being sworn into the Supreme Court of the United States with a group of Georgia lawyers upon a motion made to the court by Justice Carol Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
As I stood before the court taking the oath, I wished that I could share that moment with my grandmother, who died when I was young. She worked hard all of her life and sacrificed so her children and, later, her grandchildren could get an education. In that moment, I wondered if she ever imagined her sacrifices would have resulted in my standing before one of the most august legal bodies in our nation.
One of the biggest challenges—yet most rewarding aspects—of my career has been representing clients that some would consider unpopular or unsympathetic. In those instances, I have witnessed the application and importance of the concept of impartiality in the law.