Larry began his legal career as a litigation attorney working on complex litigation cases and has narrowed his practice to only represent family law clients. While practicing in Chicago and before becoming a partner at Jaburg|Wilk, he worked with one of the largest law firms in the nation that was exclusive to family law representation. Larry has regularly worked on several high profile celebrity dissolutions and cases with multi-millions at stake.
Dissolution matters and post-decree proceedings are both in Larry’s area of expertise. While he can assist with complicated business valuations and divorces with substantial assets, he also helps clients with smaller estates though the divorce maze. “Divorce is an emotional roller coaster and my clients need me to be tough. They know I am going to be tough with their spouse’s attorney, but they can also expect me to be tough with them. I advise them in a manner which best preserves their rightful portion of the marital community.” – Larry Hirsch
His experience spans from pre-nuptial agreement and co-habitation agreements to post-nuptial agreements; from spousal maintenance negotiations to child custody and visitation; from complicated tax issues to dissolution of assets; from child support modifications to paternity. In family law representation, there is much to be said about the art of negotiation as many family issues are resolved through negotiation and mediation. Larry is skilled at both and teaches negotiation seminars.
He is active in family law organizations as a member of the Arizona State Bar, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division member as well as being the Vice President of Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section. He is also active in the Greater Valley of the Sun community as Chairman of Young Jewish Phoenix and having served on the executive committee of Phoenix Human Rights Campaign. Larry’s commitment to family law is evidenced in by his speaking and writing – author of two chapters in West Domestic Relations Arizona Legal Forms publication and an article in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding child support arrearages – and participant in Channel 12 Lawyers on Call – Family Law segments. He delivers lectures to attorneys on how to sharpen their negotiation skills.
ABILITY TO SETTLE COMPLEX CASES. Early in his career, Larry took over a case with a net estate of well over $50 million. The matter had been pending with another law firm for over two years with very little progress. Larry analyzed the client’s various asset positions, the net liquidity of the estate and some of the failed negotiation tactics of previous counsel. Thereafter, Larry applied a fresh perspective to the case and began to divide the liquid assets and after effectively whittling down the issues, Larry was able to successfully negotiate a deal ending the entire case in less than four months after taking it over – thus proving that it takes a divorce lawyer who can look outside the box and think of creative solutions to complex problems.
ABILITY TO THINK QUICKLY IN COURT. In a highly acrimonious case which had been pending for almost a year, opposing counsel filed a last minute motion to continue the trial. The motion came at a juncture where the client was anxious to end the dissolution process and a great deal of time and money had been spent preparing for trial. The judge agreed to hear the motion the same morning as it was filed, leaving Larry with little time to prepare. Larry remained cool under pressure and formulated an argument which essentially forced the court to rule in favor of his client. Although only a small battle in the bigger war, Larry went into the hearing knowing that opposing counsel was not adequately prepared for the trial – and that winning the hearing would force the other side to settle on terms more favorable to his client. As anticipated, the case settled and a decree was entered just a few days later.