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Mary Katherine Shoenfelt

Family Attorney at Baton Rouge, LA

5.0   30 reviews

also known as Katie Shoenfelt

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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AGGRESSIVE AND EFFECTIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN BATON ROUGE. CALL TODAY AT 225-529-2803.

Mary Katherine Shoenfelt, who goes by "Katie", is a Baton Rouge native who is presently with the Baton Rouge office of Sternberg Naccari, & White, LLC. She went to St. James Episcopal for elementary school, Our Lady of Mercy for middle school, and graduated high school from St. Joseph's Academy in 2002. She grew up playing sports, including volleyball, soccer, tennis, and basketball.  She had several scholarships in soccer upon high school graduation to small schools, but feeling adventurous and wanting to get out of Baton Rouge for a time, she chose to take an academic scholarship to Ole Miss in forensic chemistry.  In 2003 she transferred to LSU, just in time to watch the LSU Tigers win the National Championship that year.  In 2006 she graduated from LSU with a B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in communication studies.  That fall she began law school at LSU, and she graduated in 2009. She took and passed the Louisiana Bar Exam in July of that year. In the fall, she began working with her father Oscar Shoenfelt, III, who has been a local trial attorney in Baton Rouge for over 40 years and whose practice is state-wide. She sat as the second chair on two jury trials in her first year of practice and has handled countless bench trials. She is experienced in personal injury, medical malpractice, and family law. She has been successful in litigating cases in the First and Fifth Circuit Appellate Courts.

In July of 2023 she joined Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC. Her family law practice now mainly focuses on the following areas: divorces, child custody, child support, spousal support (alimony), judicial separations, partitioning of community property, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, restraining orders, paternity issues, and other related issues. She also enjoys handling personal injury cases. Ms. Shoenfelt is currently accepting new family law and personal injury clients.  You can call her office today at and schedule a consultation if you are interested in representation. Please do not send a message through Avvo.  

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2018,2016
Client's Choice
2018 2016

Location

Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC
1450 Laurel Street, Ste. 1450
Baton Rouge, LA, 70801

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Andy | March 10, 2016
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great attorney
Katie goes above and beyond for her clients. I've been by her office several times and shes usually the last one to leave. She definitely devotes a lot of her time to help her clients. I went through 2 other attorneys before I hired Katie as my attorney and I'm glad I have her as my attorney now. She truly cares about her clients and tries to get them the best outcome she can.
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Posted by Chrystal | August 11, 2016
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Best attorney
Katie is an extremely thorough attorney. She is very personable, she makes you feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She is extremely educated in her field and makes you feel like she has your best interest at heart. She worked with me on two family court cases and I was very happy with the results. She uses her knowledge of her field to make sure her client is well represented and she gets the results needed to make the client feel comfortable in the judgement. I would highly recommend her to anyone and I would use her again.
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Posted by Shruti Sinha | April 21, 2023
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Extremely knowledgeable & best lawyer in Baton Rouge
Ms Katie is immensely knowledgeable and will go above and beyond to help her clients. She even did research about International laws to help me and always provided me with the right guidance. She will always make herself available to answer our questions and explain everything multiple times. She is polite and aggressive when need be. I would totally recommend her.
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Posted by Kaylor | February 6, 2022
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Outstanding Attorney!
Mary Katherine (Katie) Shoenfelt is simply phenomenal. When she originally took my case it was suppose to be about spousal support. This was suppose to be a simple case, but it was everything but simple. Though we were dealing with many challenges, Katie stood firm. She did not falter. She explained everything in great details, and never promised anything but her best. Katie was very calm and confident through every twist and turn. She worked very diligently through the process. Her professionalism, knowledge of the law, and thorough research skills paved a way for a victory, without having to go to court. She is an outstanding family law attorney who is very result oriented, and I highly recommend Katie if you need a "super" family law attorney. Thank you so much Katie!
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2021
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Family
Katie came to court for me on a matter that she wasn’t even required to be there for. I had another attorney present that day, but Katie knew that her presence was needed. That effectively gave me 2 attorneys fighting tooth and nail to beat a bunch of false allegations. I am very happy with the outcome, and I get to see my baby daughter again on regular visitations! She’s a rockstar. If she isn’t the best family attorney in the state I don’t know who is. Her office is directly across the street from the courthouse. Something that has proven very beneficial in my case. Hardworking, amazing attorney. If you want the best, you want Katie Shoenfelt.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2021
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Effective!
I had strange circumstances surrounding my existing case prior to Mrs. Shoenfelt’s taking it over. She completed what I needed in a timely fashion with no complaints on my end.
Posted by Jimmy | November 22, 2020
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Worth the rate
I'm going through a very ugly divorce; a divorce in which my wife is trying to take everything and leave me homeless has attempted to have me put in jail. Ms. Mary was able to get me back in my house and back to seeing my little girl again. She provided an affidavit to the doctors and proved the horrific allegations were false. Ms. Mary is very knowledgeable and experienced. She knows other great criminal and family lawyers that could and would help if need be. Even though this divorce has been difficult and stressful, Ms. Mary is there every step of the way fighting tooth and nail for me, my daughter, and justice. Thank you Ms. Katy for all that you have done and continue to do. You and all the hard work you have done is greatly appreciated.
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Posted by sam | May 24, 2020
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Family law
Katie shoenfelt was a beacon of hope at a time when things were limited and resolution seemed 50/50 not only did she defend me from multiple unjust accusations but she was determined and empathetic. when I felt lost she was able to pick up the pieces and gather all the information to make me win in court. I am eternally grateful for her service and hard work! If you want to win in court I highly recommend Katie shoenfelt
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Posted by Tiffany | February 5, 2020
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Best All Around
Katie is an awesome attorney. I hired her to help with my custody case and she exceeded my expectations. She made sure I knew what to expect during court, and she gave me legal advice moving forward. Katie was always available and accessible when I needed her. Not only is she knowledgeable of the law, she also makes your needs and requirements a priority.
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Posted by Tajha | December 13, 2018
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Great communication, Aggressive, Reassuring, Positive, Hard working
I contacted Katie, scheduled a consultation , explained my situation and she wrote down every detail. She gave me realistic expectations and quoted me on the cost. She warned me that this could be very costly but she worked with my situation. I was feeling so hopeless and lost before I spoke with her. Throughout the whole process she kept me up to date via emails or phone calls. She even stayed by my side with my case that she was not representing. I felt so comfortable in that very unpleasant situation. Tell her what you want and she will try her best to get it. Unlike a lawyer I had previously she always returns calls and she seems to be always willing to talk and remain positive. Also, her office staff is extremely friendly.
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Posted by Kristen | December 6, 2018
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Aggressive, Knowledgeable, Results Oriented!
Hiring Ms. Shoenfelt to help with my divorce and custody was the best decision I could have made. She knows her stuff and does not get intimidated by attorneys who have been in the field longer than her. She knows what to expect in the courtroom and her confidence was incredibly calming for me during such an anxious time. She is a go-getter and doesn't stop until the job is done. I truly felt as if she was invested in a positive outcome and would highly recommend her! Thank you!!!
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Posted by Karla | November 1, 2018
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Long Haul
I have used Katie for child custody and support issues for many years. Having been forced to go to court many times for these issues, every time she has been fully prepared. She has been very responsive and understanding of frustrations and setbacks over the years and has given very sound and honest advice in dealing with complicated and upsetting circumstances. Katie has had to deal with very uncooperative opposing counsel -- she has stood ground in getting across the facts and obtaining satisfactory resolution. My being in the legal field gives me somewhat of an advantage in knowing a good attorney, and, yes, she most certainly is. I continue to use her and have referred several people to her.
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Posted by Kim | October 22, 2018
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Dependable
Katie was knowledgeable in all aspects of my case for my divorce and child custody/support. I felt well taken care of with her skills and experience in handling my legal needs and will continue to use her in any future legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2018
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Smart and Professional
Ms. Shoenfelt helped me accomplish a seamlessly effortless divorce in a timely manner. She knows her business well and navigates through the difficult nuances of personal law dealing with our private lives in a professional way. Let's face it, when it comes to your personal life, you need someone good. I also hired her to legally change my name through the court system. I would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2018
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Best Choice I EVER Made: Professional and Personal Care
Upon my consultation with Ms. Shoenfelt (Katie), I knew minutes into the meeting that I wanted her to be my attorney. At that time in this process, I knew my divorce would be difficult. She demonstrated absolute care and professionalism regarding my case, my concerns, and calmed my worries. Throughout the process of my divorce, Ms. Shoenfelt was always a phone call or an email away. When asked to schedule a meeting, my meeting times were granted. Her office staff is extremely helpful. Her advice was sound, grounded in practice, honest, but caring, and forward-thinking. Her diligence continues to exceed my expectations. She remembers everything! She has grown to be an attorney I trust completely. If you want true personal care and someone to help you navigate what is never an easy time for anyone, I would HIGHLY recommend "Katie." Without spreading the personal details of my divorce agreements, just know that I have never been disappointed. She is amazing and I thank her so much.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2018
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Great Lawyer
Going through my my divorce has been stressful but Katie has helped me get through it without any extra stress. She is helpful in every way possible
Posted by Darcy | June 7, 2018
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Katie is fantastic!
The divorce from my ex-husband has been a grueling, stressful, and messy affair. Through it all Katie has been a saving grace. From day one, she was easy to talk to and interact with. I felt like I could open up to her, and even if irrelevant to the case, she would take time to listen. She did the best she possibly could to get a fair custody settlement to ensure that I, and my daughter's siblings, would be able to spend as much time possible with her, despite having to work and deal with a very hostile and unwilling other party. All of this while doing her best to keep her costs low, as this 1 year+ battle has rung up some major expenses. Thank you Katie, I truly appreciate what you have done for me!
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2017
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Great job
Great job, very well written documents
Posted by Margaret | May 10, 2017
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Client
I hired her a couple of years ago to represent me in a matter, and she went above and beyond the call of duty. I got the time mixed up that I was suppose to appear in court, and she spoke to the judge and got the matter resolved for me. I cannot thank her enough!
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2016
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Personable, dedicated and conscientious
Ms. Shoenfelt was personable, dedicated, transparent and conscientious while handling my divorce. Hiring Ms. Shoenfelt was the second best decision of my life. If you have been searching for an intelligent, hardworking lawyer look no further.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sternberg, Naccari & White
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Carleton Shoenfelt & Chapman, LLC
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Attorney
  • Rowe Law Firm, LLC
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Shoenfelt Law Firm, LLC
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Shoenfelt Law Firm, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
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Education

  • Louisiana State University
  • J.D.
  • 2009
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Graduate Degree in Civil Law
  • 2009
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brecheen vs. The News Group, 11-1173 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/11/12); 105 So. 3d 1011
  • Favorable to Plaintiff Brecheen

Associations

  • Family Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Counsel Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Family Law Sectio
  • President/Chair
  • 2022 - 2024
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Family Law Sectio
  • Secretary
  • 2019 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Pre-trial Litigation Excellence
  • LSU Law School
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Solo and Small Firm Success
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Mary
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Katie for any family law matter you may have. I happily refer clients with complicated divorce issues, child custody and support, and other family law matters to her."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie Shoenfelt is a dynamic advocate for her clients and offers a range of services whenever possible. She is confident and a skilled advocate for her clients. I am glad to refer cases to her knowing she will handle them with integrity and respect."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Katie on a custody matter prior to actually working with her at the same firm. My experience in having her as opposing counsel was that she was very knowledgeable, and was very professional and courteous. Working with the same firm, I have seen first hand her dedication to her clients, and her genuine passion for what she does."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Katie for almost a decade. She has a true passion for helping her clients. What distinguishes Katie from other attorneys in her field is the tireless effort she devotes to her cases. Whether she's working late hours to research a novel legal issue or preparing for an important hearing, Katie will leave no stone unturned to help her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse her and recommend that anyone needing competent, tenacious counsel in a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Katherine Shoenfelt is an energetic and diligent family lawyer. I have worked with her on many matters, and know her work is of very high quality, and she cares about every individual client. I endorse this lawyer."
Baton Rouge Family Lawyer Mary Katherine Shoenfelt
Mary Katherine Shoenfelt
Family Attorney
Baton Rouge, LA
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available