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Kristymarie Shipley

Kristymarie Shipley, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation

Admitted to Practice in

  • Iowa
  • Northern District of Iowa
  • Southern District of Iowa

Contact Information

Kristymarie Shipley
Associate Attorney
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 365-9461
Fax: (319) 365-8443
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Kristymarie’s Assistant

Name: Paula M. Pohlpeter
Phone: (319) 731-2376

About Kristymarie Shipley

Kristymarie is an Associate Attorney whose practice focuses on litigation and labor & employment. She is bi-lingual,  fluent in English & Spanish.

In her last four 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. “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.”

Kristymarie’s north-ward movements have brought her from her hometown in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to college at the University of Florida, and finally to Iowa. “I think I have moved as far north as I would want to go.” 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.

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, the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, and the ISBA YLD’s Diversity Committee.

Kristymarie spends her free time with her husband, Sidot, her 2-year-old son William, and their dogs Jack and Belle Blue. She enjoys reading and learning new languages, currently venturing cautiously into Korean.


  • University of Florida, B.A. Spanish (2005)
  • University of Florida, B.S. Psychology (2005)
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (2015)
    • Legal Opportunity Fellow
    • Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems—Senior Note & Comment Editor 2014-2015
    • Baskerville Traveling Moot Court Team

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section Council
  • Linn County Bar Association
    • Summer Outing CLE Committee
  • Linn Law Club

Speeches and Publications

  • Student Note: Stateless: Dominican-born Grandchildren of Haitian Undocumented Immigrants in the Dominican Republic
    • 24 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 459 (Fall 2015)
  • Comment:  Should I be “Shipley” or “Flores Collazo” Today?: The Racialization of the Law Student and Legal Workplace Candidate
    • 31 Berkeley J. Gender L & Just. 183 (Summer 2016)
  • Numerous presentations on topics ranging from boundary disputes, to accident investigations, FMLA, ADA, responding to agency investigations, generational issues in the law profession and attorney ethical duties with regards to the use of technology.

Recent News Updates

From the Desk of Kristymarie Shipley

Iowa Supreme Court

Ackerman v. State

The tort of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy is not categorically reserved for at-will employees and is available to contract employees.

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Iowa Supreme Court

Banwart v. 50th Street Sports, L.L.C. d/b/a Draught House 50

Under Iowa Code § 123.92(1)(a), a plaintiff must demonstrate that a defendant licensee or permittee, sold and served alcohol to an allegedly intoxicated person (AIP) when it knew or should have known that the AIP was intoxicated or would become intoxicated, and that the AIP’s intoxication proximately caused the plaintiff’s injury. Here, the Iowa Supreme Court found that where an AIP consumed three beers in the span of four hours at a licensee’s establishment, evidence of subsequent intoxication alone creates an inference that the bar sold and served beer to the AIP when it knew or should have known she was or would become intoxicated.

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