Larry Wertheim is a shareholder of Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, and practices primarily in the real estate area.

Larry is experienced in commercial and residential real estate matters including acquisition, development and sale transactions, financing, loan defaults, leasing, title matters, subdivisions, and common ownership. He also assists municipal lawyers in the firm on real estate matters, and assists on real estate-related litigation as well. Larry is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist. His clients include The Pemtom Land Company, LIFE TIME FITNESS, and Pratt Homes.

In 1971, Larry earned an A.B. degree from the University of California-Berkeley, majoring in history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1973, he attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, receiving a M.A. in American History. Larry attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where he earned a law degree and graduated magna cum laude in 1976. He started working during law school for the predecessor firm to Kennedy & Graven, and he learned the practice of law, among other things, under the guidance of the late David Graven.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor magna cum laude – 1976
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Masters of Arts – 1973
    • Major: American History
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1971
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Representative Clients

  • The Pemtom Land Company
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Pratt Homes


  • Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Transactions; Law and Literature, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Law and Literature, Hamline University School of Law
  • Lecturer, Real Estate Matters, Real Property Law Specialist Certification Exam

Published Works

  • A Critque of Shaller’s A Vision of American Law: Judging Laws, Literature and The Stories We Tell, 21 Hamline L. Rev. 337, 1998
  • The First Othello: A Tribute to the Anglo-American Adversary System, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1003, 1996
  • Law as Frolic: Law and Literature in a Frolic of His Own, 21 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 421, 1995
  • Law, Literature, and Morality in the Novels of Charles Dickens, 20 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 111, 1994
  • Recent Developments in Minnesota Contracts for Deed, 60 Henn. Lawyer 8, Jan./Feb., 1991
  • Selected Recent Developments in Contracts for Deed, 58 Henn. Lawyer 6, Sept./Oct., 1988
  • The Decision to Cancel, 43 Bench & Bar 19, July, 1986
  • New Contract for Deed Changes, 55 Henn. Lawyer 14, Sept./Oct., 1985
  • Comment, Unjust Enrichment Claim of Canceled Vendee, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 117, 1984
  • New Due-On-Sale Regulation, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 181, 1983
  • Comment, American National Bank v. Blaeser, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 154, 1983
  • Due-On-Sale III: The New Federal Preemption, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 113, 1982
  • Due-On-Sale Clauses – An Update, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 81, 1982
  • Due-On-Sale Clauses in Minnesota, 1 Minn. Real Est. L.J. 33, 1982