By Elizabeth Sias
During law school, Carrie Doom never thought she’d get into practicing family law.
But her life led her in that direction, and now the attorney operates her own law firm in Isanti that she opened in May.
Doom practiced at a firm in Cambridge for five years before starting The Law Firm of Carrie Doom, but she had always been interested in starting her own firm.
She focuses her practice on three areas: family matters such as divorce, custody fights and guardianship; issues affecting livelihood such as employment or workers’ compensation; and anything regarding a person’s future, such as wills and health care directives.
“I enjoy being able to work with people through what is, in most people’s lives, the most challenging and difficult thing that they’re going to go through,” she said. “And I really enjoy working with people through that process and not only representing them in their best interest, but also just being there as a support.”
Originally from Marshall, Minn., Doom received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. After taking a year off from school to work, she attended law school at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Now the Cambridge resident enjoys operating her own business so she can create her own schedule and spend more time with her 3-year-old daughter.
For now, Doom isn’t hiring any additional attorneys or staff. She not only wants to keep her overhead costs low in order to keep fee structures affordable for her clients, she also enjoys working with her clients one-on-one.
“Most of the time, clients want to talk to their attorney; they don’t want to talk to their attorney’s legal assistant or their paralegal,” Doom said. “My clients know that if they call me, they get to talk to me all the time. And I like working with my clients, I like talking to my clients, I like being there and available for them.”
And being available is a priority for Doom. She understands that, particularly in the area of family law, conflicts don’t arise during usual business hours; they flare up when there’s an argument at home or when the parents are doing an exchange of the kids on the evening or weekend. Doom gives her cell phone number to all clients and tells them to call any time.
Another of Doom’s priorities is working with her clients in terms of attorney’s fees and trying to provide a fee structure that works for them.
“I don’t want the costs and the fees associated with a matter to make a difficult time even harder for them,” she said.
The biggest challenge so far, she said, has been finding time to do the business side of things — paying bills, marketing and so on — but Doom said the firm has been doing well so far and she enjoys owning a business.
There’s an extra office space in the suite she rents, and Doom said eventually she’d like to bring on another attorney and grow the business. For now, though, her goal is to create a thriving legal practice that provides quality representation to its clients in a cost-effective manner.
“What I find most rewarding is being able to help somebody during a really difficult time,” Doom said. “Usually if you’re working with an attorney, it’s because something’s not going well in your life right now, and I really enjoy being able to help somebody through that process.”
The Law Firm of Carrie Doom is located at 210 6th Ave. NE Suite 2B in Isanti, in the Lake State Federal Credit Union building at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Co. Rd. 5. For more information, visit www.carriedoomlaw.com or call 763-444-9130.