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Up & Coming: Brett Larson

Brett Larson has shown his clients he is worth his weight in gold.

Larson, a shareholder at Messerli & Kramer, defended The Gold Guys in two lawsuits two years ago where the company was accused of breaking a state law over how soon it could refine gold after purchase.

Larson won decisions at the Minnesota District Court and Court of Appeals levels that not only vindicated The Gold Guys but clarified a state statute governing the precious metals market that, in turn, affirmed his client’s business practice.

”Brett got it on the record that the laws already in place to protect citizens actually did work,” said Shane McGuire, co-owner of The Gold Guys.

Peter Vessenes, CEO of ProfitSee Inc., says Larson has helped his technology company with its corporate structure, intellectual property and other legal needs. Vessenes calls Larson “proactive in his thinking, smart and an elegant communicator.”

Besides being corporate counsel to 15 Minnesota-based companies, Larson continues to build his clientele by focusing on estate planning and business and corporate law, says John Beattie, chairman of business services at Messerli & Kramer. Currently, Larson is managing three separate international business transactions, he adds.

Meanwhile, Larson’s “existing client and referral work has resulted in cross-service opportunities for 34 other Messerli attorneys and paralegals since he joined the firm in April 2014,” Beattie notes.

Larson serves on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s corporate law committee and is a frequent contributor to the Bench & Bar magazine.

One pro bono initiative special to Larson is serving as adviser to the board of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation, a North Dakota-based nonprofit he helped organize and has assisted with ongoing fundraising and real estate development matters including the development of a hospitality home in conjunction with a large HMO.

“Brett is not afraid of a challenge,” says Donovan Larson, director of the Foundation. “He has always been open and visionary for making things happen.”

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