In 1961, Roger E. Labrie passed the Massachusetts Bar and began practicing law in Chicopee, Massachusetts in his home on Ward Street while working full time as an insurance claims manager at Reliance Insurance Co. On April 4, 1966, he and Rudy LeBel purchased a lot with a building thereon from Dr. Arthur LaRochelle, Jr. Roger began his full time practice in the building at 639 Grattan Street, sharing the space with LeBel Insurance Agency. Simultaneously, he lured his wife Louise away from Buckley, Richardson, Ryan & Gelinas, a prestigious Springfield Law Office to work for him. Roger Pouliot, a Chicopee native, joined the firm soon after. The new building was built, and the firm became known as Laurie & Pouliot. LeBel Insurance Agency continued at that 641 Grattan Street address as well, until 1982, when both of Roger’s sons, Michael and Gary graduated from WNE Law School and WNE Business School, respectively, joined the firm. Michael as a practicing attorney and Gary as the firm’s business manager.
Due to the growth of both businesses, the young counselor decided to purchase the land next door, and in 1972 a new building was constructed by Roger’s brother-in-law, Donald.
The firm took over the entire building and its main focus continued to be to serve all of the legal needs of the entire community , all the while continuing countless hours of devotion to the area’s youth and non-profit charitable organizations.