Larry King, one of the founding partners of the St. Paul law firm Larson King, died this past weekend at 62. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January 2013.
He returned to work following surgery and then retired last summer. He moved to Minnesota after graduation from the University of Missouri to attend the Hamline University School of Law. He started his career at the Murnane Brandt. He first formed a firm with Barbara Hatch and then joined attorney Dale Larson in 1999 to start the litigation firm Larson King.
The firm now has 32 attorneys.
Larson King posted this note on its website:
Even while suffering from terminal cancer, Larry maintained his optimistic spirit, sense of humor, and continued interest in the world and in the firm he helped create. Many will remember Larry for his exceptional talent in the courtroom and his command of the law and our clients’ business. Others will remember him as a true gentleman — a man whose sincerity, integrity and class are often missing in today’s legal profession.
More than 15 years ago, Larry formed Larson King because he wanted to build a firm that was creative, collaborative, and focused on providing outstanding client service. And while his name is on the firm, Larry did not seek credit or attention. He instead created an environment where everyone could be successful and where the success of the firm and its clients mattered more than any individual contribution.
Larry’s trial skills earned him many accolades. He tried well over 100 cases to verdict and reveled in the chance to try a case with newer lawyers while teaching them the craft. But Larry was also proud of his work outside the courtroom and in the community. A longtime supporter of legal aid and pro bono organizations, Larry encouraged his colleagues to donate their time and money to these causes. Under his leadership, the firm created the Larson King Foundation, which contributes to local charities and non-profits.
Larry was dedicated to improving diversity. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and was a loyal supporter of female lawyers. While Larry retired from practice last year, his cultural legacy has left an indelible imprint on the firm and its lawyers and their commitment to improving the legal profession.