Doing Well and Doing Good
When Troy Doucet wanted to give back to the community, he briefly considered writing a check. But in the end, he opted for more hands-on involvement in public service. Doucet, founder of the law firm Doucet and Associates Co., L.P.A., decided to hire a full time associate to focus exclusively on pro bono matters. “I preferred that option to simply making a financial contribution,” says Doucet. “I like the idea of really directing my firm’s expertise and experience toward helping the public.”
In the short time since graduating from Capital University Law School in 2010, Doucet has built a thriving foreclosure defense and consumer protection law firm. Doucet and Associates now employs eight attorneys and three support staff. It recently relocated from the Easton area of Columbus to a new, larger office in Dublin, Ohio. About 85 percent of the firm’s work involves defending homeowners from mortgage foreclosure. (Doucet was in the mortgage business before attending law school and published a book on foreclosure while still a student.) The rest of the firm’s energy goes mostly to consumer protection law and helping small businesses. Longer range, Doucet anticipates more involvement in class action consumer suits — the firm has filed two such suits already.
In the course of his firm’s rapid expansion, Doucet has favored Capital Law students and graduates as clerks, externs and associates. “Attorneys graduating from Capital have a terrific grasp of black letter law and how to apply it,” he explains. “They have a practical skill set that is sometimes very difficult to find.” Moreover, hiring from Capital allows Doucet to show his appreciation to the institution. “I received a great education from Capital and love to give back to the school,” he says.
His new pro bono associate will focus primarily on landlord-tenant law, although the precise mix of representation will depend on need. His firm is working with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to identify overflow requests for help. “When someone needs help but can’t afford to pay, we’ll be in a good position to assist,” Doucet explains. “This is much better than turning away those in need.”