Schmiege branches out on her own
It was a big step, but Anne Schmiege felt the time was right.
After 14 years as an attorney at Doar, Drill & Skow law offices in New Richmond, Schmiege decided to open her own law office. The opening date was July 3 and her new office is located at 127 W. Second St. in New Richmond.
Schmiege is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the Hamline University School of Law in 2003. She started work at Doar, Drill & Skow in 2002 as a law clerk. She was then hired as an attorney when she completed law school.
Schmiege was named a partner at Doar, Drill & Skow in 2010. She said there was no dissatisfaction with working in that firm, but she wanted to find out what being her own boss was like.
"I think it's more personal and hands-on. It's a sense of independence," Schmiege said. "To be able to make all my own decisions...it's a completely different feeling."
Schmiege specializes in the areas of family law and and workers compensation.
"They're two different types of practice, but they're helping people through difficult times in their lives," she said about choosing those areas to practice.
Steering people through difficult times helped Schmiege to decide that her office logo should be a compass.
In dealing with emotional issues like these, Schmiege said she doesn't try to sugar coat things for her clients.
"It's important to be straight-forward and honest with people, with the pros and cons of the case," she explained. "I try to give people solid advice."
Schmiege said most of her clients have followed her to her new office. She said most of her cases come on referrals from past clients and other attorneys. In her first eight days in her new office, she received five referrals from five different attorneys.
Schmiege is well regarded among her peers. She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for two years. She has also served as the President of the St. Croix Valley Bar Association.
Schmiege is an adoptive mom of two daughters, ages 5 and 2. She's not the first attorney in her family. She grew up on a potato farm in Antigo. At the age of 47, her dad went back to school and became an attorney. Her parents now live in River Falls.
Making the move to the new office is Schmiege's legal assistant, Erin Stoeklen. They also have a part-time office assistant, Rochelle Swanson.