Growing up in the small Minnesota town of Beltrami, Stephen Larson dreamed of being a lawyer. But as many of us do when contemplating our dream careers, he wasn’t sure if he could pull it off.
“I wanted to be a lawyer, but all the schooling intimidated me,” said Larson, a partner with Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson in Crookston. “I surprised myself by doing well in college.”
After attending law school at the University of North Dakota, Larson clerked at the Fitzgerald firm before coming on as an associate. He’s in his third year as a partner, doing criminal prosecution, then government work and civil litigation.
A married father of three (with No. 4 on the way), Larson also finds time to serve the surrounding community. Early in his career he received the Advocacy Achievement Award from Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota for his legal work with the disadvantaged. He also has served as the chair of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Glenmore Foundation, president of the 14th District Bar Association, past church board member and Sunday school teacher and active member of the Polk County DUI court.
“Stephen is the kind of attorney who makes house calls for clients who are unable to get in to the office because of a disability,” said one colleague. “If I could, I would clone him.”
He also finds time to guide younger attorneys and promote the practice of law in northwestern Minnesota. It was important to him from the start to contribute in his home area rather than light out for the city.
“I grew up here and I still am very attached to this area,” he said.