Kristen Stanley-Wallace has been a resident of Slidell, Louisiana since 1992. She attended Northshore High School, Louisiana State University and the Paul M. Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University. She received her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law School in 2005, graduating in the top third of her class.
Upon her graduation from law school, Kristen was recruited by Lobman, Carnahan, Batt, Angelle and Nader in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Kristen joined the Law Offices of Troy G. Ingram in November of 2005 and became a partner at Ingram & Stanley in January 2009, at the age of 28.
In 2012, Kristen obtained an associate position at Swetman Baxter Massenburg, LLC, a premier civil litigation law firm in New Orleans. In June 2014, Kristen felt a need to come back to her community to serve its people and businesses – thus began Stanley-Wallace Law.
Kristen is and has been, actively involved in her community. Her strong need to serve this community is evidenced in her numerous non-profit and business associations in this area. Kristen is a former member of the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell and Slidell Women’s Civic Club. She also previously served on the Board of Directors for East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity and the First United Methodist Preschool. She was the inaugural President of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Young Professionals group in 2010 and is served again as President in 2015. She was the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month for March 2011 and December 2014, was a maid in the Krewe of Slidellians, was nominated for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Young Athena Award in 2012 and 2015, and was nominated for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2011 and 2014. In October 2015, Kristen was awarded the prestigious Young Athena Award through the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a member of the Slidell Bar Association and the Secretary/Treasurer of the 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association. She joined the Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in 2019 and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman and Finance Committee Chair.
In October 2014, Kristen was instrumental in bringing the Louisiana Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division’s Wills for Heroes event to Slidell. Thanks to the help of several other local attorneys and volunteers, wills, living wills, and medical powers of attorneys were provided, free of charge, to local first responders, including members of the Slidell Police Department and St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1.
Kristen currently lives in Slidell with her husband, Brian, their daughter and Goldendoodle.
It’s no secret the backbone of our Slidell law firm is our Office Manager and paralegal Trudy Shaddinger. From answering the phones to ensuring our clients needs are taken care of, Trudy makes sure it’s done quickly, efficiently, and ahead of schedule. If you’ve been in our office, then you know she’s doing it all with a smile on her face.
The Golden Meadow native is a fiercely driven advocate by nature. She worked at one of the largest construction aggregate sites in this area, Lafarge Industries, for over 17 years. In addition to her many responsibilities while there, she acted as liaison between the facility and the public to help ensure the community was involved and aware of any development projects on site. Trudy also coordinated all plant events, training, health and safety, and procurement as well as manager of vendor relations and negotiations.
In fact, Trudy is so effective in her telephone etiquette that her voice is still the first voice people hear if they call any Lafarge aggregate facility in the country!
With over 25 years of managerial experience, Trudy understands how to effectively communicate with business professionals and staff. More than that, she enjoys talking with people and hearing their stories. When you walk into our offices, you’re treated like an old friend. You aren’t a file number, or an invoice. That’s thanks in large part to the environment Trudy has helped shape and create here at Stanley-Wallace Law.
There’s a reason that the Ramada Inn increased their profits by 35% in 18 short months when Trudy was the Director of Catering. After spending seven years developing relationships between area businesses for the St. Tammany Tourist & Convention Commission, and the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Trudy knows everyone in St. Tammany. Well, that’s just a slight exaggeration.
Trudy received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Honors Program) at University of Phoenix in Metairie in 2005 while working full time.
When she isn’t working our front desk at Stanley-Wallace Law, Trudy can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen and for the residents of St. Tammany with her catering business, Simple Elegance Catering by Trudy. She is also the proud mom of her son Jacob, and enjoys her quality time with her many friends and extended family.
Stanley-Wallace Law is proud to introduce the newest member of our team – Lisa. Lisa Butler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated from O. Perry Walker Sr. High School. Following high school, she attended Dillard University to start her nursing career and graduated from Nunez Community College in Chalmette, Louisiana. While pursuing her Associate Degree in General Studies with a Major in Nursing, Lisa worked for the New Orleans Police Department as a Lab Tech II. She also operated a Class A Daycare Center in New Orleans for over thirty years. In her capacity at the daycare, Lisa successfully received certification for Food and Family Services, Childcare Assistance, and other state-funded programs.
At Stanley-Wallace Law, Lisa is the first friendly voice and face that greets our clients, warmly welcoming them to the office. Lisa has a knack for making clients feel at home and helping them through difficult times. Lisa is an integral part of the firm’s accountability through her organization, communication, and ability to balance schedules.
Lisa later married her husband, Darrell, and relocated to Slidell, where she built her first home in 2001, and raised her daughter, Daria, who is successfully pursuing her own college degree. Lisa also lovingly raised her oldest son, Jimmie, and enjoys spending time with her grandson.
Lisa is sure about the life she lives in Slidell and loves to walk in the park, dance, read, take selfies, and swim. Her favorite Holiday is Mardi Gras, and she participates in creating beautiful coconuts during this season for the Zulu Social Club in New Orleans. Lisa has overcome immense adversity in her life and is always smiling and striving for the best. Lisa is looking forward to checking more experiences off her “Bucket List.” Now living as empty nesters, she and Darrell have plans to travel and see the world.
My name is Tubbs and my mom, Amber Sheppard, says I’m a Labrador and a Bassett Hound mix. Can you guess how I got my name? I have a lab head and “little tubby legs” and I love to eat! Apparently, I’m an odd-looking dog but my mom says I’m cute and people stop me on the street to pet me.
You may see me around the Stanley-Wallace Law office. Don’t be alarmed. I’m just taking care of the office staff and my human. While I didn’t go to law school like my Mom or Miss Kristen, I do have some credentials. I’m a registered service dog and I excel at getting belly rubs, guarding the office against cats, and comforting my Mom and Miss Kristen’s clients when they come in.
If you have allergies or don’t like dogs, that’s ok! Just make sure to tell Miss Trudy or Miss Crystal. Personally, I don’t like cats and am “allergic” to baths so I understand you can’t help it. I would love to help make your experience at Stanley-Wallace Law less stressful.