The tenth month of the year 2019 marks an important milestone in the history of the law firm Larsen & Associates, P.L. As of October 4, 2019, Larsen is now a quarter of a century old. Founded in 1994, the law firm was originally named The Law Offices of Richard E. Larsen and in 1996 the firm was incorporated and became Richard E. Larsen, P.A. It was later renamed Larsen & Associates, P.A., before finally existing as the firm you know (and love) today.
From its inception, Larsen & Associates has been an exceedingly client-focused practice. "I never wanted [our firm] to just tell our clients what they wanted to hear, but rather educate them and guide them through the best course of action," explains Mr. Larsen, Founder, Shareholder, and CEO of Larsen & Associates when asked about his initial visions of the direction of the firm. "We are in the business of helping community associations and sometimes that means telling them what they may not want to hear, but the bottom line is: we will always act in their best interest; that is our commitment to our clients." Larsen is a firm that not only cares for its clients, but also for the communities we represent. The Larsen Team is compassionate about helping others and this dedication is present in all aspects of our services.
Larsen began as a small Orlando-based firm solely practicing community association law founded by Illinois native Richard E. Larsen. Mr. Larsen received his Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1987, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1987, and served as Legal Counsel to the Kemper Group of financial services companies before becoming a member of the Florida Bar just two years later in 1989. Mr. Larsen possesses extensive legal experience in community association law, as well as real property, construction, corporate and commercial law, and related litigation. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble, the highest peer rating available by that organization. In more recent times, Mr. Larsen was honored as a member of the "inaugural class" of Florida Attorneys awarded Board Certification as a Condominium and Planned Development Attorney.
As word of Larsen's exceptionally high-quality legal services spread, it was necessary to expand operations. In 2003, Attorney Thomas R. Slaten, Jr. joined the Larsen team and is now a shareholder and managing litigation attorney. Mr. Slaten began his legal career in 1995 as a Prosecutor in Florida with the State Attorney's office and later moved into insurance defense litigation before concentrating in community association law and related litigation in 2003. Mr. Slaten received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1994 and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995. Larsen experienced additional increase in its workforce; greatly expanding the team to include marketing experts, certified paralegals, and individuals with advanced degrees in accounting.
To accommodate for the growing firm, Larsen had to up-size significantly, as well as open multiple new office locations in the state of Florida. With the rise of technology and digital smart-systems, Larsen made the switch to "paper-lite" operations; converting much of its work from physical to digital files. To this day, Larsen remains a firm that solely practices community association law. This dedication to a specific industry has allowed us to consistently improve upon and deeply specialize our practices.
Throughout the years, Larsen has continually remained at the cusp of innovation in the industry. Our team's unique backgrounds and areas of expertise facilitate a highly creative collaborative environment. This environment ensures that we are constantly ahead of the curve. From continuing education classes and workshops, to revolutionary billing solutions, and our convenient online case-management software (allowing clients 24/7 access to all of their files within our office), we are constantly strategizing to simplify and enhance the lives of our clients, board members, and community association managers.
In the years to come you can count on Larsen remaining at the forefront of the community association industry. We will continue to offer the highest quality legal services whilst being mindful of client costs. We will continue to expand our operations and revolutionize the industry. We will continue to innovate, enhance, and inspire. We will continue to be there for your community; count on Larsen!