The law practice of Springer & Gumbel welcomes Matt Kirkpatrick to its new Spring Valley office.  From left are Jennifer Gumbel, Kirkpatrick and Scott Springer.
The law practice of Springer & Gumbel welcomes Matt Kirkpatrick to its new Spring Valley office. From left are Jennifer Gumbel, Kirkpatrick and Scott Springer.
The law practice of Springer and Gumbel has a new office in Spring Valley, which will be celebrating a grand opening on Friday, and a new attorney, Matt Kirkpatrick, who will be working out of the Spring Valley office.

The firm that originally started in Preston has expanded recently, opening an office in Chatfield, taking over the practice of Matt Opat, who became a judge, and now the new office in Spring Valley. The expansion in Spring Valley coincides with the addition of Kirkpatrick, who started this fall.

"Being so busy in Preston, we were too busy and thought that we needed a third person, but we were not too busy to need a third person, so that's how the idea of a third office in Spring Valley came up," said Scott Springer, the original attorney of Springer & Gumbel.

The office in Spring Valley is located in the former True Value Hardware store building, now owned by Phil Sheldon and housing several different businesses.

"We'd been looking into buildings for sale in Spring Valley in April or May, but there weren't any, so after contacting Matt to join our firm, we contacted the landlord of this building, Phil Sheldon, because his sister-in-law had said that he likely would be renting this building out," said Springer. "We finalized it the same night that (Chatfield attorney) Matt Opat was sworn in as the new Fillmore County judge, and then things slowed down a bit here, we continued to work on transferring files for our Chatfield office, and Matt joined us in mid-August."

Wisconsin native Kirkpatrick, now of Wykoff, came to the Spring Valley area because his wife has roots here. His wife's grandparents lived here - Neil and Donna Lien - and she has family members here...DeDee Marzolf and Courtney Soltau.

He used to live in the Twin Cities for seven years, working full time through law school, then he got a job working at a law firm in the Cities, where he worked for four years after law school. Before law school, he grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and he explained that he had always looked at getting into a smaller law firm in a small town.

Kirkpatrick is excited to be working in Spring Valley and providing legal services to its residents, as he and Springer noted that the town is "underserved" by attorneys since it has had only one law firm for years, and conflicts of interest prevent the existing firm from accepting work. Springer pointed out that "the old saying is that one firm in a small town starves, but two thrive."

The new Springer & Gumbel office will provide "full service general practice law" as the other offices provide, including real estate, probate, estates, family law, personal injury, municipal law, prosecution, some criminal law and several other kinds of law, with some exceptions.

"We do it all. We're still working out some of the kinks - it's an ongoing process," said Springer. "We're here five days a week, and the plan is to have Matt here every day, unless he's in court in Preston. Jennifer and I will come here by appointment. The plan is to outgrow this space in no time."

The Spring Valley office of Springer & Gumbel is located downtown on Broadway, just south of Valley Appliance, and is open five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. An open house is on the calendar for this Friday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to make appointments, call (507) 922-0086.