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Caitlin Slessor and Kristen Shaffer Named to Forty Under 40

October 19, 2018

Caitlin Slessor (left) and Kristen Shaffer (right) at the CBJ’s Forty Under 40 Ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Caitlin Slessor and Kristen Shaffer, attorneys at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, were named to the Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2018, and recognized at an award ceremony on Thursday, October 18, in Cedar Rapids. Caitlin was nominated by Shuttleworth & Ingersoll; Kristen was nominated by Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations to both Caitlin and Kristen!About Caitlin L. Slessor

Caitlin Slessor, attorney and vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Caitlin Slessor, attorney and vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, specializes in family law, which means she helps people work through what may be one of the most difficult times in their life. It is not unusual for Caitlin to help her clients through a high-conflict custody dispute or a divorce further complicated by business division matters. Those who know Caitlin know that she is driven to make positive change in everything she does. She has assisted many women who have been victims of domestic violence, and is proud to work with clients through Iowa Legal Aid to ensure people in need of legal help don’t fall through the cracks. She believes in helping those in need, which is exemplified by her exceeding the Iowa Bar’s annual aspirational standard of 50+ hours of volunteer legal services, leading to Caitlin’s multiple appearances on Iowa Pro Bono Honor Roll, published by the Iowa Lawyer Magazine.A recent major professional accomplishment is Caitlin’s election to the Sixth Judicial Nominating commission, a group of citizens and attorneys that nominates judges to serve Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Jones, and Tama counties. Caitlin has been elected to a six-year term. When there is an opening on the local bench, the job of the commission is to interview applicants and select two finalists, one of which will be selected by the Iowa governor. Caitlin also serves as President of the board of directors for New Pioneer Food Co-Op. She believes in the mission of the organization to provide environmentally and socially responsible food while supporting local agricultural production of natural and organic foods. Caitlin has appreciated the challenge and learned more than she could have imagined in her experience as a board member for an independent, democratic, consumer-driven food co-operative.About Kristen A. Shaffer

Kristen Shaffer, attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Kristen Shaffer, associate attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, is a trailblazer in Johnson and Linn Counties and leads the way for lawyers looking to combine effective, compassionate advocacy with service to both the legal community and the community at large.Kristen has taken on multiple roles in local service organizations, including as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Iowa Children’s Museum, and as a Steering Committee Member and Fundraising Chair and Auction Chair for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Women Build. She volunteers a tremendous amount of time for Iowa Legal Aid and Kids First, and is frequently recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court for her pro bono legal service.Kristen has also taken an active role as a leader in the legal community, serving on the respective Iowa State Bar and American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Divisions, and she is a former President of the Linn Law Club and former member of the LCBA Board of Governors, continuing to regularly involving herself in work done for and through these organizations. Not only does Kristen generously donate her own time and effort, she also leads efforts to increase the legal community’s involvement in philanthropy. Whether encouraging her own firm to give back at fund raisers, organizing young lawyers to participate in local charity events, or reaching out to the Linn County legal community at large, Kristen’s work substantially increases the impact the bar has on the community, including often donating her efforts to charitable projects of her colleagues and friends.Kristen exemplifies the idea of a lawyer-citizen dedicated to the bar and to the community.About the Corridor Business Journal Forty Under 40These awards are given annually to forty leaders under the age of 40 who have made a significant impact in their organization, community or both early in their careers. This is the fourteenth year these non-partisan, non-political awards have been presented in the Corridor. Honorees were selected by a committee composed of last year’s Forty Under 40. More information at

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