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Member Spotlight Larsson & Scheuritzel member spotlight – An American Law Firm with a Swedish Business Culture SACC-PHILADELPHIA 10 SACC-Philadelphia has had the great pleasure of welcoming the law firm Larsson & Scheuritzel P.C. as a new Blue and Yellow member this year! We visited their office in the heart of Philadelphia, and it was certainly a small taste of Sweden inside their walls! Could you please tell us more about your company? Mr. Larsson & Mr. Scheuritzel: Larsson & Scheuritzel is a boutique law firm with eight attorneys. Our lawyers bring broad experience and expertise to the matters we handle, which consist principally of commercial real estate, business and construction litigation, and general business advice and representation. We are United States real estate counsel and general business counsel to a leading international furniture retailer, and we handle real estate transactions for one of the Mid-Atlantic’s dominant supermarket chains. We represent the largest nonsectarian operator of private schools in the United States in real estate development and sale/leaseback transactions. We also represent developers, owners, and retailers in the purchase, sale, development, financing, and leasing of significant real estate projects. Mr. Larsson: Our firm remains purposely small. We place great importance on collegiality—and that permits us to offer our clients innovative, sophisticated legal services as well as exceptional accessibility and responsiveness. It’s important to offer our clients good value for their legal dollars. Mr. Larsson: Mr. Scheuritzel and I have been working together for almost 20 years, which is a fairly long time for lawyers. We both share the same values, and I really believe that is why we work so well together. Mr. Scheuritzel: We also come from similar backgrounds, which I think is another reason why we are such a good team. Speaking of your backgrounds, what are your connections to Sweden? Mr. Larsson: My father was born in New Sweden, Maine, also known as part of the Maine Swedish Colony. My great-grandparents, both originally from Värmlandsbro in Värmland, immigrated in 1883, and came to New Sweden, where they started a general merchandise store that stayed in the family for over a century. When my daughter, Elizabeth, grew up, she participated in the annual Lucia procession with the Gloria Dei Old Swedes’ Church here in Philadelphia. Although it was sometimes hard for her to sing all the songs in a language she did not know, it was a beautiful tradition that we were happy to be a part of. Ms. Larsson: Although I do not know much more Swedish than the songs from the Lucia procession, I am happy that my parents raised me with Swedish values. We were discussing this the other day that sometimes when I speak to Americans, people suggest get-togethers without really meaning it. When I suggest lunch or “fika” I always mean that I want it to happen, and that probably comes from my Swedish upbringing. Mr. Scheuritzel: My grandmother was born in Sweden, but when she emigrated to America, she stopped speaking the language, so unfortunately neither I nor my dad picked up any real knowledge of it. I wish I knew more about it, but at that point in time, many immigrants wanted to be American and therefore did not teach their native language to their children. What are your business relations to Sweden? Mr. Larsson: Although our firm is quite small, we have a strong international presence and work with clients in Sweden, Germany, and Ireland. We probably have a higher ratio of international clients compared to other small law firms. My experience is that Swedes are great to work with; their English is excellent, and they can easily make themselves understood even in the most challenging negotiations, and they are very broad-minded. They can, however, also use their la