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Business in the Real World


Picture a tennis court. Thwack! A ball crosses the net. Thwack! It zooms back across the net, perhaps with a spin you weren’t expecting, and takes an unpredictable bounce. That’s the way things often work in business, and one of those unpredictable bounces was what steered Mike Larson into the practice of law. “I had an MBA in transportation and was working for a big company down in California. Then Jimmy Carter deregulated the whole industry. Bam! My company was going to shut down the Los Angeles office and move everyone to Dallas. The University of Oregon was willing to apply some of my MBA transportation credits toward law school, so it was off to law school.”

The contrast between the regulated world of transportation at that time and the entrepreneurial approach required to succeed in business was what kindled his interest. “The transportation industry had been stuck in a technical world of rules and regulations. It’s a whole little world of ‘don’t do this; don’t do that.’ The business world is the exact opposite. People want to get things done. They’ll get advice, weigh the risks, then make a decision and do what it takes to succeed.” After getting his law degree and moving back to his Seattle roots in the mid-‘80s, Mike was busy doing transactional law, including a few divorces. “I don’t do divorces any more, but it gave me a good grounding in how community property laws can affect a business. It’s the same when partners fall out of favor with each other. It gave me good experience to handle tough situations with a broad-based approach.”


Innovation in Practice


His own entrepreneurial instincts prompted Mike to consider starting his own practice in 1997. His partners have nicknamed him “the Rain Maker.” He admits that seeing the impact of changes in the transportation industry of the 1980s prepared him to stay tuned as the wave of computerization rolled through the business world in the ‘90s. “I had started in a paper world, cutting and pasting contracts together, writing comments in the margins and then having them retyped. The business world was changing rapidly. I thought it was a good time to take the risk, use those productivity tools in the legal profession and start a practice our own way.”

Going through that risk and challenge has made Mike very appreciative of the work he does for his clients. “It’s really rewarding working with smart people dealing with exciting challenges. I love what I do. It’s a good life.”

One of the most gratifying parts of building a successful practice is the amount of new business referred to LHS by current clients. “It’s great that we have a reputation of integrity. Many of our clients are referred to us from people or companies that we have worked for in the past and how have been pleased with our services.” Mike compares legal services to putting on your seat belt when you get in your car: “You want to avoid a risk that you can’t see right now. It’s important to get your business set up correctly right from the start. We can start from zero documentation through incorporations and partnerships. Then there are outside factors like vendor relations, payment disputes, warranty issues, leases and real estate transactions that need to be clear and specific up front so they don’t come back and give you unforeseen problems later.”


Community Involvement


With the energy that drives him around the tennis court, Mike and his wife of 27 years Barbara are extremely active in the community with a long volunteer list that includes Casa Latina and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. That outlook carries over to the firm’s goal of being a positive force in the community by allocating time, resources and talent to volunteer legal work. “We’re working really hard to build a legacy of respect. We have a great staff and everyone’s door is always open. It makes us feel good when we hear from a client ‘We’re so glad we chose Larson Hart & Shepherd to do our business legal work…it allowed us to quickly end a dispute and we prevailed.’”


Professional Details


Mike Larson is admitted to practice in the State of Washington, United States District Court for the Western and Eastern District of Washington and of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also provides a full range of Estate Planning services, from initial consultations, document drafting, final preparations and document execution, to semi-annual reviews to accommodate any significant changes to your estate or financial situation.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
  3. Business: 30%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Pivotal Law Group

600 University Street Suite 1730
Seattle, WA, 98101-3150


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 300 Small Businesses of the WestBusiness Leader2012
Best Lawyers - Real EstateSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
AV Rating, highest availble rating, continuously since 2005Martindale-Hubbell2005
Helen Geisness AwardKing County Bar Association2002
Young Lawyer of the YearKing County Bar Association1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Founding MemberLarson Hart & Shepherd, PLLC1997 - 2010
AttorneyCasey & Pruzan1984 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
KidServe SeattleBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Real Property Probate Trust Section2009 - Present
Komen Foundation Puget SoundBoard of Directors2006 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Casa LatinaBoard of Directors and Vice President 2002-032001 - 2005
Mayor's Small Business Task ForceMember and Chairperson 1999-20001998 - 2000
Washington State Bar AssociationTreasurer1993 - 1994
Washington State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors - King County at Large1991 - 1994
King County Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division, Chair 1991-92, VP 1989, Treasurer 19881987 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
Contributing author on issues affecting the Washington State Bar, Washington JournalIssues Affecting the Washington State Bar1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of OregonBusiness AdministrationMBA1979
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Real Estate ConferenceChair2011
Spring Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate Law2010
Get Jesse King 5 NewsReal Property2010
Fall Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate2010
Fall Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate Law2009