Larry’s practice focuses on commercial lending, real estate and business transactions. It also includes creditors’ rights in litigation, foreclosure and various insolvency proceedings. For almost 19 years, Larry has represented Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a pioneering non-profit lender which invests in the Milwaukee business community along with other bank and government lenders. Larry has documented and closed hundreds of MEDC loans to a wide array of local businesses.
“I work and live in Milwaukee and MEDC’s loans are tangible to the local community. I can drive down just about any street and see a manufacturer, retailer, restaurant or service provider which MEDC has supported throughout the years. That is a very satisfying feeling,” says Larry.
Larry also represents established and new businesses in real estate and asset purchase transactions and related financing, leasing, development and corporate matters. Prior to law school, Larry worked in a family retail business in Milwaukee. “I understand the problems and concerns of business owners from the inside and the outside. Above all, they are looking for responsiveness and practical advice,” Larry says, “and sometimes a little humor to take the edge off.”
In addition to MEDC, Larry represents other non-profit lenders in loan documentation, closing and portfolio servicing. “At Duke, I was a public policy studies major and was never quite sure how I would end up using my degree. Then one day I realized that just about everything I am involved with professionally and on a volunteer basis promotes the public welfare in some meaningful way,” says Larry.
Larry is a past board member and a current vice president of Congregation Sinai and continues to serve on the boards of the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Asian Educational Development of Wisconsin, Inc. “I believe every lawyer should adopt a non-profit or two and lend their expertise, legal or otherwise,” Larry says. “Lawyers make great board members but their ranks could be larger in the non-profit world. We are problem-solvers by nature, trained to get to the heart of a business or a personal matter and offer constructive criticism or commentary. That adds real value.”
Larry clerked for The Honorable Stephen A. Felsenthal, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas prior to joining FF&SJ in 1996. He is the author of a University of Wisconsin Law Review Comment entitled “It’s My Copy, Right? Music Industry Power to Control Growing Resale Markets in Used Audio Recordings.”
Larry is active in the Milwaukee music community with his band The Riverwest Aces. “Whether you’re eight or eighty you’ll find yourself tapping your foot to our brand of Americana and Roots music,” says Larry. “A great song is better than a great legal argument, but neither one ever gets old.” Larry met his wife Caroline in law school and they have two terrific kids, Jack and Lauren.
- Duke University, B.A., 1988
- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1995, cum laude
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