It is with great sadness that Hamline University School of Law learned of the death in late March of Larry King JD ’76, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Founder of the law firm that bears his name, Larson King, in downtown Saint Paul, Larry was a member of the Law Dean’s Board of Advisors, and a strong supporter of Hamline Law throughout his distinguished legal career.
Larry tried over 100 cases to verdict, and was an enthusiastic mentor to young lawyers in teaching them the craft of trial advocacy. “Larry formed Larson King because he wanted to build a firm that was creative, collaborative and focused on providing outstanding client service,” according to his colleagues at Larson King.
Besides his service to Hamline Law, Larry was extremely active in the community, as a longtime supporter of legal aid and pro bono organizations. Under Larry’s leadership, the firm created the Larson King Foundation, which contributes to local nonprofits and charities. Larry also served on the board of directors of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, and was a vocal proponent of increasing the diversity of our profession.
Larry is survived by his wife Susi, his children Mandy (Kelly Kraushaar) King of Huntington Beach, CA, and Tom (Alexis Matter) King of Denver, his grandson Jackson Kraushaar, and his sister Charlotte Berra of Austin, TX.
Larry’s Larson King colleagues wrote, “Larry King taught us to practice law with purpose, to treat others well, and to give back to our community.” These are the same values Larry shared with his fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff here at Hamline Law. He will be greatly missed by our whole community.