In every issue of
Defense Update, we highlight a young lawyer. This issue, we get to know Kristymarie Shippley of Shuttlworth & Ingersoll PC in Cedar Rapids:

“I think I have moved as far north as I would want to go.”

Kristymarie’s northward movements have brought her from her hometown in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to college at the University of Florida, and finally to Iowa. She currently practices employment law and litigation at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in Cedar Rapids. While at the University of Iowa College of Law, Kristymarie was an intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, a research assistant for Professor Enrique Carrasco, the Senior Note & Comment Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, and a member of the Baskerville Moot Court Traveling Team. As a second-year student, she joined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll as a Summer Associate, returning upon graduation. “It is a beautiful thing when you can find work that challenges you and presents emerging issues consistently, in an environment with colleagues that are invested in your success.”

In her last three years with Shuttleworth, Kristymarie has focused on litigation and counseling related to wage-and-hour, employee classification, non-compete and restraint of trade issues, and employment discrimination and wrongful termination matters. She has also expanded her practice into employment-related areas such as workers’ compensation, OSHA compliance, and professional negligence cases before state agencies. However, if you ask her what type of law she practices, she will most often say “whatever type they tell me to.” She is invested in learning more about different areas of the law to become a more well-rounded advocate.

Kristymarie also devotes time to her community, often speaking to students and prospective students at Iowa colleges, assisting with planning the Downtown Farmers’ Market through the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, and as a Volunteer Lawyer for Iowa Legal Aid. She is involved in the legal community, participating in organizations such as the Linn County Bar Association’s Summer Outing CLE Committee, the Linn Law Club, and the ISBA YLD’s Diversity Committee. Kristymarie spends her free time with her husband, Sidot, her 8-month-old son, William, and their dogs Jack and Blue Carol. She enjoys reading and learning new languages, currently venturing cautiously into Korean.