Good work and respectful behavior pay dividends for our clients, our firm, and our community. Consequently, we work hard for our clients and speak candidly to them about their cases. We work diligently as a team because we know that case preparation is the key to success. And we believe good citizenship requires our on-going commitment to community service activities.


Our Staff

Stephanie Allen

Paralegal

Stephanie began assisting in Bill Berg’s law office in 2006. Previously she had worked with Bill as the first paid staff coordinator for the Panhandle Alliance for Education.

She grew up in the Chicago area, earned an associate degree in Virginia after studying to be a legal assistant/paralegal, and moved to Sandpoint 19 years ago. Stephanie has held a variety of positions, including paralegal, ski instructor, trail crew supervisor, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, associate to the president and HR coordinator at CEDU Schools.

Stephanie likes to ski and sail with her three children. She also likes to cook, knit, golf and run. A few years ago she completed the Spokane marathon.

She is a board member for Community Cancer Services and CARE @Sandpoint High School, Inc.

Tricia Sturgis

Paralegal

Tricia was raised in Spokane Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington, majoring in Art History. She then went on to pursue a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, graduating in 2002. Tricia moved to Salt Lake City after law school and passed the Utah Bar in 2003. She practiced Bankruptcy law for two years then moved to Denver to start a family with her husband Brian. She is a current member of the Utah Bar Assoc. and the American Bar Association.

Tricia and Brian were able to move back to the Northwest and call Sandpoint home in 2006, with their new addition to the family their son Henry (aka Hank). In 2008 Hank was diagnosed with a rare disease called Cystinosis. Shortly after diagnosis, Tricia and Brian started a nonprofit foundation called 24 Hours for Hank, in partnership with the Cystinosis Research Foundation (CRF) in Irvine California. She then joined the Board of Trustee's for the CRF in 2010 and concurrently serves as an Officer of 24 Hours for Hank. She enjoys skiing, gardening, camping, hiking and spending time on the lake.


 

Tammy Laveaux-Hayes

Paralegal

Tammy was born and raised in Northeast Washington. She settled in Colville for 25 years where she raised four of her five children, and later studied at Spokane Community College to become a paralegal.

She moved to Olympia in 2005, where she married her husband, Clay, and worked for an attorney who specialized in estate planning. When Tammy and Clay wanted to move closer to her family, they decided Sandpoint was the perfect place to raise their young son. In 2008, they made the move.

Tammy worked as a clerk for the Bonner County Department of Motor Vehicles until joining Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson as a paralegal.

When she’s not at work, she loves all things outdoors - camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, snow shoeing – and now calls Sandpoint her “forever home.”

Sue Shelledy

File Clerk

Sue is an Idaho native and a graduate of the University of Idaho. She grew up in Moscow and has lived in Salt Lake City and Baton Rouge, Louisiana where her husband, Jay, teaches journalism at Louisiana State University. Sue has a long history with the Sandpoint area, vacationing at Glengary Bay as a child and later spending summers at Bottle Bay with Jay and her son, Ian.

She has worked as a news editor, newspaper production manager, and most recently as a development director. Her son is married and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sue enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and cooking and is thrilled to be back in the Northwest.

serves as an Officer of 24 Hours for Hank. She enjoys skiing, gardening, camping, hiking and spending time on the lake.


 

Kisten Noll

File Clerk

Kirsten was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to the U.S. as a young child. After earning her B.A. from Northwestern University, with a major in Art, she worked in graphic design, visual merchandising, sales, and interior design. More recently, she worked as a bankruptcy case manager in Springfield, Illinois.

Kirsten and her husband, Joe, retired to the beautiful shores of Lake Pend Oreille in 1998 to escape the climate of the Midwest and to be closer to family who live in the Seattle area. She and her husband enjoy fusing glass and have been creating and selling bowls, plates and jewelry since 2003.

Painting, needle felting, knitting, gardening, traveling and being a grandmother are some of Kirsten’s favorite activities. Her two grandchildren have learned to ski at Schweitzer and she and Joe look forward to their annual visit from Wisconsin.

Jennifer Albert

File Clerk

I was born and raised in Sandpoint and can’t imagine a more beautiful place to live and raise my child. I think that I was one of the few people in my graduating class whose first goal after graduation was not to immediately leave Sandpoint. It is a blessing to live in this community.

I used to say that my first “real” job was as an Administrative Assistant and Receptionist for Cedu Schools, a company that operated therapeutic board schools. I now realize that any job that you put effort into is a “real” job. Before going to work for Cedu I was a shift manager at a local restaurant and one of my part time employees asked me if I would ever consider working in an office. It was while working for her that I realized that I thrive in an office environment and truly love customer service.

Before coming to work at Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson I worked in Accounts Payable for Coldwater Creek , after Coldwater Creek closed its doors I felt the need for a change of pace and working in a law office seemed like a great next step. I was right, and I am very fortunate to be working with such a great group of people.