For Jessica Durbin, being an attorney means serving as a guide for her clients.
My job is helping my clients … make sound decisions.
“I try to steer my clients through difficult decisions,” she says. “I ask questions. We get to the bottom of it.”
Those conversations are always two-way and are always collaborative.
“I rarely say to my clients, ‘You have to do this,’” Durbin says. “I usually say, ‘You can do A, B or C, and here are the advantages and disadvantages of those options.’”
That collaboration is especially important in employment law, where Durbin focuses her work as an attorney, representing businesses. Much of the work is done before problems arise.
“People say, ‘I’m doing a job interview. What questions can I ask?’” Durbin says. “My job is helping my clients identify their options and make sound decisions.”
She adds: “It’s important to know the client and understand their philosophy and values. It guides the legal advice I give.”
Durbin earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica, graduating summa cum laude, and her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Scholastica, on the Board of Directors of the Duluth Regional Care Center, as the President of the Duluth New Lawyers, and as the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 11th District Ethics Committee. Durbin is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2008 through 2016.