The Raboin Law Office was located next to a local beauty salon and clients had to suffer through the “perm” smell from that business to get up the stairs to his office. The firm used furniture from a hotel that had gone out of business and bookshelves for walls in the very small conference room. John hired one legal assistant/paralegal who he could barely afford. No advertising was in place, and John spent most of his time out and about meeting folks in the community networking and trying to drum up business. Somehow, the law firm survived that first year. On October 1, 1994, the law firm moved to a building they constructed on Woida Road, with mostly trees for neighbors. They remain there to this day, and a number of businesses have sprung up around it. Over the years, the law firm has grown and is now one of the busiest personal injury firms in North Central Minnesota. Michelle Francis joined the firm in 2012 and became a partner January 1, 2017, starting the newly formed The Raboin & Francis Law Firm. She’s quickly become an involved member of the Brainerd Lakes community and has a thriving practice.