Jennifer Gumbel, Lawyerist Contributor

My name is Jennifer Gumbel and I’m excited about becoming a part of the Lawyerist team. I’m an attorney practicing in Preston, Minnesota, far from the silk stocking law firms of metro areas. After law school, I worked as a judicial law clerk in Austin, Minnesota. After my clerkship, I joined the Scott K. Springer Law Office, forming Springer & Gumbel, P.A. in Preston, Minnesota, a city of just under 1,500. I live in LeRoy, Minnesota, a city of just over 900.

Although my practice focuses on estate planning, real estate, business planning and municipal law, I could be described, along with many other of my colleagues, as a rural attorney. As a rural attorney, not only do I have the joys and pressures of working in a small practice, but also the joys and pressures of working in a small legal community, and really, just plain small community.

When I was in law school, practicing outside of a metro area was, for me, almost unthinkable. I, for one, had visions of sub-par legal practice and a risk of cronyism. Frankly my ideas of “rural” justice were formed more by the Dukes of Hazzard than any real experience. Now, three years out of law school, I practice in a rural community and I can’t imagine practicing anywhere else. I look forward to offering insight into rural practice, tips for the rural practitioner (or the metro attorney finding themselves in a strange courthouse for the afternoon), and the law student considering rural practice.


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  • I’m excited to hear your insight. I’m a metro attorney who tries to focus his practice on the surrounding rural area.

    I’ve found it much more enjoyable to practice in small towns and I hope to really push my case load there as time passes.

  • Deja

    I live in an even smaller community, out in the middle of corn and soybean fields, and practice in a not so small county – I wouldn’t trade it for the big city. I’ve lived in both, I love rural Minnesota. Growing up on the Iron Range, I thought I would leave for the big city, and I did. Surprise – I missed the small town community and headed back. And that has made all the difference (to steal from Robert Frost).

    I’m glad to see the Lawyerist adding this angle, I have been reading for a while now, thanks!