By Chloe Voss
Mr. Larsson is a defense attorney for the court and I was keen to get to know him better as well as understand some of the professional regard that attorneys and lawyers seem to hold for each other.
Having been introduced at Mr. Larsson’s office door by his personal assistant, we shared pleasantries and he offered some refreshment which I was not about to turn down. Spring it may be, but the heat in the air is signaling the approach of summer. With small talk aside I was keen to understand Mr. Larsson and asked if he would share some details of his past.
Martinho Larsson - "My past wow!... I've got a long past how long have you got, do I need to order food in?"
The brief humor is wonderful and the atmosphere to our interview lightens with its enjoyment.
Martinho Larsson - "Well most recently I was a Police Sergeant... life kind of got a bit boring there and I felt I needed a new challenge. I came here to help a friend out and I thought this seemed like a really nice town with real friendly people a real community spirit about it, a world apart from where I was so though, I was lucky to be able to rent a house quickly here so decided I’d just stay on here and take up a career change"
About this time Mr. Larsson's assistant returns and brings ice water with her. The refreshment gives me some time to ponder on all that has been shared even in such a short space. Wishing to clarify his change of vocation I ask a simple question, "Do you miss it? Being a police Sergeant?"
Martinho Larsson - "I do miss it in some ways yes... As a Sergeant it was all about going round town making a difference to people's lives. Upholding law and order in a town where it was badly needed, it was hugely satisfying and I guess I do miss it. That said though it's so difficult to come to a new town and try and start over again from scratch, a change did feel right as well and [I] still now get that huge satisfaction knowing I can help my clients live the lives they choose to live"
Now I confess, coming to Mr. Larsson I had a specific question in mind to ask him about what it is like to work within the court system. Not about his clients but more about his peers. Courtroom dramas can be very intense as both sides present their arguments and words are exchanged. Unless someone has witnessed court drama it is difficult to describe, and I was grateful that Mr. Larsson seemed to understand intuitively as I fumbled about transitioning from understand how he helps the community to how he is able to do so in conjunction with those he must occasionally contend with. In short, how does an attorney or lawyer keep the professional from bleeding into the personal?
Martinho Larsson – “Well I’ll be honest I’ve not had many other dealings with them to date but the brief dealings I’ve had have all been pleasant. If anything I have more dealings with the Police Department here, and as I always tell them or another Attorney, it's just business it's never personal whatever gets said or whatever happens it's just business and we're all just trying to do our jobs at the end of the day right? As for separating my personal life from my professional life…”
Mr. Larsson is about to surprise me with his next words, certainly not ones I expected based on first impressions.
Martinho Larsson – “I don't have a personal life, I have more clients than I do friends and it's fair to say the work-life swing tilts firmly on the side of work, this office is like my home.”
Reporters have a terrible need to pry so I asked further, "Nothing at all on the outside, even charity work or social contributions for the office?"
Martinho Larsson - "I've not really been in [this] office for too long actually, my initial goal was to get in office, establish myself and work my butt off to build up a client list which has gone well so far but yes it's fair to say there's more to come from me, I always do enjoy doing my bit for charity helping a good cause you can't beat the feeling, I just need to shut down my laptop every now and then!"
Mr. Larsson’s commitment to his clients and his drive to aid the community is apparent. The expression of heart felt desire to aid others is clear in his tone. The generosity he has shown with his candor in this interview is only further illustrated by the example he offers-
Martinho Larsson - "Actually Miss Voss, one such case I can talk about, as it's all over with now, but a client of mine, a Miss Xelan Morgath had a few charges against her and it's actually the recent hurricane which helped to bring out the very best in her… She actually went above and beyond the required expectations [helping the clean-up effort]. As I said earlier it does warm the heart when our very own citizens can all pull together throughout a horrific time and Xelan led by example throughout, a real asset to the community…”
I recalled with Mr. Larsson seeing the photographs that our very own Times had published in regard to Miss Morgath’s hard work and assistance with the clean-up. I commended him in his faith in the human spirit and being available to help those that need support. The opportunity came about then to ask about how the members of the court may have supported each other during the recent crisis when our District Attorney went missing, "Do you ever feel exposed in this job, with all you do? Was it a concern of yours as her associate that it was something that could affect you personally?"
Martinho Larsson - "Of course it's concerning. See Eva, sorry Miss Perry is one of this town's celebrities. Not through reality TV or for doing something on YouTube and getting famous for five minutes. Miss Perry is a celebrity through her hard work building the reputation she has. Miss Perry is exceptional at her job and what she does has an even bigger impact on the lives of people so it's natural her judgment and her decisions will upset people and ruffle feathers at times. Of course none of us are safe from those where a decision may not favor them but as I said we're all just doing our jobs. You just have to keep your wits about and look out for each other if you can. I always like to think of the wonderful community spirit in town but I also know there's a few wrongun's out there as well who cross the line, but I guess it comes with the territory with the nature of the job"
I agreed with a summation that the court was a kin to an extended family. Questions such as these can be hard to answer and I took time to thank Mr. Larsson for his insights. Afterward we shared some conversation on lighter topics, my turn to play the gossip once more, “You mentioned you have been working to build up a portfolio of clients but are there plans already for the long-term future? Ambitions that you wouldn't mind sharing?"
Martinho Larsson - "Perfectly fine, nothing intrusive at all... I just hope I haven't bored you." (I interject to comment here that my time with Mr. Larsson was hardly boring), "Long-term, well… I like to take this town one day at a time you never know what you're going to face each day. Long-term I guess I’d like to have worked my way up to the same kind of respect Miss Perry commands from the town, everybody knows her and I want to be known as the go-to lawyer…"
Naturally I had to press for more, "Nothing at all in your spare time? Hobbies, movies, settling on the beach and watching the sunset?"
Martinho Larsson - “Well in my spare time, whenever that is, I do like to frequent The Aristocrat club and enjoy a few whiskeys. I'm a big sports fan, football in particular but you guys always call it soccer! Poker's something I do enjoy and I can't wait for the casino to open up, I might get a social life then!"
Alas the interview had run its course and as I thanked Mr. Larsson for his time I also asked if there was a parting comment, motto, or perhaps anything at all he'd like to share.
Martinho Larsson - "Well if you do ever get into trouble… my office is always open for advice. If any of your readers need a lawyer I do offer a free consultation, no case is too big, and no case is too small, and I also operate on a no-win no-fee basis subject to T's&C's of course."
Mr. Larsson has the community at heart as he tirelessly works within our court system. The citizens of Asphyxiation Point may rest easy knowing the caliber of the professionals who work as Attorneys and Lawyers. We certainly wish him well with his endeavors to fulfill his stated goals.