Overview

Larry LaTarte is an experienced trial lawyer who litigates in federal and state courts across the country and internationally. Larry also provides clients with business-focused advice on managing risk, with concentration on the insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and franchise and distribution industries.

Class Action Defense

Larry has deep experience defending insurance and financial services companies in consumer class actions on a range of regulated products, including homeowners and commercial property policies, mortgages, life insurance products, and other types of insurance policies and financial products. Larry also represents businesses in independent contractor misclassification litigation.

Commercial Disputes

Larry represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes including post-M&A disputes; claims by franchisees and distributors; and high-value contract, real estate and tort disputes. He has tried cases to judgment in state and federal courts around the country and is a leader in the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Business-Focused Counseling

Clients appreciate Larry’s strategic but practical approach to managing risk, informed both by his nearly 10 years of experience working in product, project and marketing management prior to practicing law, and by a year-long part-time secondment with a manufacturing client.

Personal Interests

Larry is passionate about the outdoors. When he’s not working, you’re likely to find him in the north woods of Minnesota, around the Mississippi River, or in the mountains running, hiking, canoeing, kayaking or skiing.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Education

Notre Dame Law School
J.D. cum laude, Notre Dame Law Review (executive issue editor) (2008)

University of Michigan
B.A. in Political Science (1996)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, April 2015
  • Responding to a Complaint: Indiana
    Co-author with Anne Ricchiuto, Practical Law, February 2015
  • Seventh Circuit Civil Appeals: Post-Initiation Filings and Rule 33 Conferences
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Practical Law, January 2015
  • Commencing an Action: Indiana
    Co-author with Anne Ricchiuto, Practical Law, October 2014
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, June 2014
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, December 2013
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, November 2012
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, March 2012
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Jon Laramore and Sarah Jenkins, Res Gestae, June 2012

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Defending on appeal the termination of parental rights on behalf of guardian ad litem
  • Defeating summary judgment against the City of Chicago in a civil rights case arising from a police shooting, enabling client to pursue discovery and proceed to trial
  • Overturning on appeal the denial of asylum status to a political refugee from Zimbabwe

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Litigation Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court (2013-15)

Civic Activities

  • Indiana University South Bend College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Community Advisory Board, 2014-15
  • South Bend Museum of Art — Board of Trustees, 2013-15
  • Friends of WVPE (National Public Radio) — Board of Directors, 2009-15; Board Secretary, 2010-11; Chair, 2011-12; Treasurer, 2013-15

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2014; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-14, 2016-17
  • Minnesota North Star Lawyer, 2016-17
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