Meet Kristen & Team

Kristen Stanley-Wallace

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.

Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth Schmidt is a dynamic researcher and advocate with an extensive Louisiana family law background for the majority of her practice. The Metairie native has called the Northshore home since 2017 and actively seeks to improve the community around her.

An alumnae of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts USA, Elizabeth has a strong passion for community service and advocacy. In high school, she sang as a part of the Ursuline Advanced Chorus for Pope John Paul II in Italy and excelled at tennis, volleyball, and as captain of the Lions swim team. 

For college, Elizabeth donned purple and gold at Louisiana State University (“Geaux Tigahs!”) in Baton Rouge. Elizabeth graduated as a “Fighting Tiger” in 2002 with a Bachelor of General Studies while minoring in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science. Fun fact: during her time at LSU she also managed to complete and receive her “Mouster’s Degree” from Walt Disney University, the world-renowned college education program at Disney World. Elizabeth worked throughout college at various summer camps across the nation serving as Waterfront Director, Assistant Camp Director, Counselor, Coach, and Trainer (Whispering Pines in Independence, LA; Marydale (St. Francisville, LA); Island Lake (Starrucca, PA); Rocky Point (Dennison, TX).

Elizabeth entered the workforce in the metro New Orleans area working in the service industry and at her father’s esteemed dental practice. 

Not one to shy away from a challenge, it wasn’t long before the law was calling her name and she took the Lawyer’s Skill and Aptitude Test (LSAT). Elizabeth once again excelled in her studies, this time at at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. Unfortunately, Elizabeth was part of the “Katrina Class” so she studied in Houston, Texas that fall semester. After returning to Loyola’s campus in New Orleans, Elizabeth became a student ambassador, class representative, student body vice president, special event coordinator, and served as the Lieutenant Governor for Student Bar Associations for the American Bar Association… all while becoming a mother of two precious children. 

Elizabeth was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in October 2009 after having received her Juris Doctor of Civil Law and certificate for Common Law at Loyola. She began her legal career at a small firm in downtown New Orleans focusing on personal injury, maritime, and admiralty law.

However, Elizabeth’s passion for family law cases led her to branching out on her own as a solo practitioner. Always an innovative thinker, Elizabeth has worked hard to ensure her clients have options and solutions for their case for every budget. That’s when she became a founding partner of the Low Profit Law Group of LA, L3C where she worked tirelessly for her clients on the Northshore and Southshore. 

In 2020, Elizabeth joined the team at Stanley-Wallace Law where she continues to advocate for her Northshore and Southshore family law clients. Her favorite areas of practice include: collaborative divorce, fault-based divorce, no-fault divorce, complex community property partitions and divisions, estate planning (wills & successions), protective order hearings and defense, child support representation, and ex parte emergency custody.

When she isn’t in the courtroom you can find Elizabeth outdoors as she is an avid horseback rider, swimmer, and active participant with St. Catherine of Siena CYO and Girl Scouts Louisiana East. She also enjoys spending time with her Goldendoodle dog, two children, and fiancée whenever possible.

Trudy

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.

Victoria

Stanley-Wallace’s newest friendly face belongs to Victoria Manso, a delightful young lady who strives to bring a laugh and smile to everyone she encounters!

Victoria’s knack for client relations, communication, entrepreneurship, and orderly operations have been well-honed since her early days of growing up in Metairie, Louisiana. Although she ventured to Mesa, Arizona for a few years, Victoria followed her heart back to the bayous of Louisiana and is proud to call Slidell her home.

Prior to joining the SWL team, Victoria excelled in various guest service roles and is always eager to help those around her. In addition to educating the SWL ladies about the latest in technology, Victoria keeps the team on their toes as she maintains the delicate balancing act of coordinating schedules and meeting our client’s needs. There’s no problem that Victoria cannot handle and her creativity is unsurpassable.

When Victoria is away from the office, she may be found enjoying time with her fur kids, nephews, and friends, traveling, camping, swimming, hiking, or fishing. Neither lions, tigers, nor bears can keep Victoria away from her love of the great outdoors!

Tubbs

My name is Tubbs and my mom, Amber Sheppard, says I’m a Labrador and a Bassett Hound mix. I have a lab head and what people refer to as “little tubby legs”. I also love to eat—can you tell how I got my name yet? 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.

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