Meet Kristie Stephens – Our Resident Philanthropist


Next up on the THL People Series is Kristie Stephens. Kristie has been working with most of the attorneys for a while now, even before we opened the doors to THL. Throughout her nearly decade-long career with the firm, she has remained a key part of our team, playing a major part in the success of important cases like Gadolinium, helping run day-to-day operations, and overseeing the firm’s charitable activities. When she’s not spending time with her family, she is dedicating much of her time both in the office and outside of work to giving back to the community that she cares so much about. Outside of work, Kristie is very involved in her church. She attends with her family and even sings in the church choir.

The staff is so grateful to be able to work with such a fun-spirited, positive, and charismatic person. But as talkative as Kristie usually is, it’s been hard to get an interview with lately. For some reason, she has been giving us all the silent treatment. Something tells us that won’t last much longer though. I guess you’ll just have to read the interview below if you want to know why.

Q: Kristie Stephens, how long have you been with the firm?


A:  I’ve with the firm from the beginning (2009). I actually came with them from Simmons Cooper LLC.


Q: So, you’ve been working with ET and Tor for a long time now… and they haven’t driven you crazy yet?

A: Those 2 are a hoot. They know when to crack the whip and when to have a good time. It is a great balance.


Q: What is your role at THL? 

A: I’m a Legal Assistant to Eric M. Terry.


Q: In all your time working at THL, what case has meant the most to you and why?

A: Gadolinium is near and dear to my heart because the injuries these clients suffered were caused by getting a simple MRI with contrast. This really hits home for me. Our firm played a very active role creating a Cook County consolidated docket. By creating this docket, we were able to receive a favorable resolution for our clients in a timely manner.


Q: You also play an important philanthropic role for THL. What charitable works do you help with at the firm or even outside of THL?

A: I’m very active in my church. We are a small congregation that has a heart of gold. We are constantly trying to find ways to give back.  We may not have a money tree in our backyard, but we find ways to make a $1.00 out of $.15. We make sure that if we cannot help, we put them in contact with people or organizations that can help.

THL is constantly giving back to the community, from providing back to school supplies to teachers/schools to giving personal care items to the veterans. We’ve also adopted a room at the Good Samaritan House in Granite City, adopted families at the Oasis Women Center in Alton, we participated in the Silent Santa program benefiting the Joyful Angels providing toys to underprivileged kids just to name a few.


Q: What hobbies do you have outside of the office?

A: I don’t have very many hobbies. My family is my WORLD!!! My husband and my kids are my JOY. If I had to name one thing, it would be singing in my church choir.


Q: I think it’s well known around the office that you are very personable and great to talk to. But recently something happened that took away your gift of gab. What was that?

A: I had surgery on my vocal chords to remove nodules; therefore, I have been unable to speak which is driving me bonkers LOL.


Q: And how long do you have to wait until you can talk again?

A: Looks like it will be 2 – 3 weeks before I can begin speaking.


Q: What is the first thing you’re going to say when you’re able to talk again?

A: Thank you JESUS!!!


Q: Besides being able to talk again, what else are looking forward to?

A: I’m really looking forward to starting singing again. That was one of the main reasons for having the surgery. I hadn’t been able to hit the high notes that I know I can hit. It will be a long road of building my voice back up, but I’m truly looking forward to it.


Q: Any plans for Christmas?

A: We are going to serve free Christmas dinner at my church. This is not only for the less fortunate but for people who don’t have anyone to spend this special day with. This is also for anyone that wants to enjoy a wonderful home cooked meal with a bunch of AWESOME people. I’m all about giving back and spreading love.


Q: What’s on the top of your Christmas wish list this year?

A: Peace, love and good health!!!

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1 Comment Posted

  1. So much joy!!!

    Posted by Cynthia Halpern on Mon Dec 18 2017 1:50pm

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