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 Baumgartner

Office Manager, Bookkeeper

Stephanie was born and raised in Northern California where she earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a master's in Human Resources. In Sacramento she worked as a financial analyst for Electronic Data Systems and Account Manager for Blood Source before becoming a stay-at-home mom when her twins were born.

When her family decided to relocate in 2012, they were looking for a small town in the west that had a Waldorf school so their children could continue their Waldorf education. They found Sandpoint and fell in love with the natural beauty, Lake Pend Oreille, Schweitzer and much cooler temperatures.

Stephanie enjoys hiking, golfing and reading. She is a member of the Sandpoint Monday Hikers and Elks Club Women's Golf League. Currently she is the Sandpoint High School CARE Secretary and Sandpoint High School 2019 Grad Night Chair.

Jennifer Albert

Family Law Legal Assistant

Jennifer was born and raised in Sandpoint and can’t imagine a more beautiful place to live and raise her child. She was one of the few people in her graduating class whose first goal after graduation was not to immediately leave Sandpoint. She believes it is a blessing to live in this community.

Jennifer worked as an Administrative Assistant and Receptionist for CEDU Schools, a company that operated therapeutic board schools in Boundary County. Before coming to work at Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson she worked in Accounts Payable for Coldwater Creek.

Jennifer enjoys boating on Lake Pend Oreille, camping and hiking and relaxing with a good book.


Sue Shelledy

File Clerk / Legal Assistant

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.

Abigail Acklin


Abi grew up in the Seattle area, and studied music at Northwest University. She moved to Sandpoint in 2010 and instantly fell in love with North Idaho. Before coming to work at Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson, Abi worked as 911 operator and dispatcher in Bonner County for several years.

In her free time, Abi prefers being outside and enjoying the natural beauty that North Idaho has to offer. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. Abi and her husband are very active in their church, lead youth group every week, and are in the church’s band.


Brenda Burnett


Brenda is a North Idaho native. She was born in Kellogg but her family moved to Priest River after the closure of Bunker Hill Mining Company. Brenda graduated as salutatorian of her class at Priest River and then went on to receive her degree from North Idaho College.

Brenda has spent her entire 30+ year career in the legal field. She is newly married and returns to North Idaho after 16 years in Boise. Although she misses her grown son, daughter and four grandchildren who remain in Boise, she is thrilled to be back home. She can’t believe her commute no longer takes her past tall buildings but instead past three beautiful lakes every day.

Brenda is enjoying making a new life and home with her husband in Bayview. She enjoys boating on Lake Pend Oreille, skiing, flower gardening, cooking, loom knitting and reading.