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Rising Stars: Meet Larry Maitin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Larry Maitin.

Hi Larry, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Staten Island, NY, and graduated from the State University of NY at Stonybrook with a BA in Economics. I then attended Ohio Northern University College of Law and received a Juris Doctor degree in 1994. I got married to my beautiful wife Cheryl in August of 1993 in my 3rd year of law school, and we just celebrated our 29th anniversary. We were both from Staten Island, NY, and wanted to see what life is like outside of NY, so we moved to Raleigh, NC. We had no friends or family in Raleigh, and neither of us had jobs, but we figured we had nothing to lose since all we had was debt and what we fit in our cars.

My wife obtained a job as a teacher, and I obtained a job as an attorney in a small law firm handling business law matters. I then started my own law firm concentrating in the areas of consumer protection and bankruptcy law. After a few years of practicing law on my own, I became an associate attorney with a small law firm handling similar cases, but also gained some experience in the area of residential real estate closings. I worked for that law firm for a few years, and then took a position as a managing attorney for a mid-size firm based out of Atlanta, GA. In this position, I opened up a satellite office for them in Raleigh. I managed an office of about 20 legal assistants, representing lenders in foreclosure and creditor bankruptcy cases. After about 4 years, the firm decided that they no longer needed an attorney in the Raleigh office as they can run cases out of their Atlanta office, and just employ a non-attorney manager in Raleigh. I had a choice to work for the firm out of Atlanta or be out of a job. My wife and I had made a life in Raleigh, bought a house, had 2 young children, and made good friends, so we decided to stay.

This was in 2004. While searching for a job, I started handling contract work for other attorneys out of my house.

That developed into starting my own law practice again. I first rented one office from another law firm and then moved to an office where I shared the space with a title insurance company. The majority of my practice at that time was handling real estate closings. Unfortunately, after about a year into the lease, that title insurance company abandoned the office and left me with a lease and more space than I needed or can afford. I subleased the office to two other attorneys to assist me with the rent. Within a couple of years, I purchased the office condo that I occupied. I have had my own law firm practice for about 18 years now, currently handling real estate closings, estate planning, foreclosures, leases, and incorporations.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As already discussed, my legal career had a couple of bumps in the road when I lost my job, and then lost my co-tenants. However, these challenges lead me to the law firm that I intend to maintain until I retire.

As a result of the obstacles I overcame, I now have the pride of building a successful business that allowed me independence, work schedule flexibility, supported my family, put my children through college, and allowed me to save for retirement.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your career path, and what sets you apart from other attorneys?
I had a career of sorts before I started practicing law. At the age of 7, I became interested in the art of magic as a hobby. I started performing professionally at age 13 for children’s birthday parties. I continued performing through college for both children and adults. I stopped in law school but successfully avoided having a real job until I became an attorney. When my daughter turned 5, Harry Potter was popular, and she wanted a magic show for her birthday. I dusted off the old tricks and performed a show. I picked back up my magic hobby and started performing professionally again. Instead of doing children’s shows, I was performing close-up magic primarily for adults. I would perform strolling close-up magic at events such as retirement parties, weddings, Bar mitzvahs, birthdays, and corporate holiday parties. I taught an adult continuing education class on sleight of hand for Wake Technical Community College for a while and also taught magic for a youth program of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. I stopped performing since COVID hit, but hope to get back to it one day.

Back to my legal career. There are a few things that set my firm apart from other law firms. One of the biggest complaints we hear about other law firms is their failure to respond promptly to their clients. This is not the case at Maitin Law Firm. We excel at communication, which I believe is the backbone of any business. My staff is fast to respond to all inquiries, and both clients and prospective clients actually get to speak with an attorney! Additionally, I give free presentations on legal areas of interest to realtors and lenders to provide them with some continuing education.

One last item that might set me apart from other attorneys, is that I try to keep the real estate closing light and casual. Buying a home can be a stressful ordeal. We appreciate the fact that this will be the largest financial transaction in the lives of most people, and they are nervous when they come to the closing table. I try to add a bit of levity and humor to relax buyers and sellers and do my best to make sure they leave my conference table with a smile.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Real Estate closings are mostly done in person due to original documents having to be signed and notarized. Little by little the industry is moving towards electronic closings and signing remotely.

In the past, we had to record all documents in person at the register of deeds, but for the past several years we have been recording electronically for the majority of counties in NC, so we are slowly moving in that direction.

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3 Comments

  1. Frank Spears

    September 20, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Larry… we have known you for many years. You have really grown as a husband, father, as well as a very strong fraternity Brother. professionally, I would recommend you as a very knowledgeable, honest and helpful Attorney. Good luck my friend.

  2. Dave Park

    September 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Nice Story… Super Attorney. Larry thanks for sharing part of your success journey. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
    Here’s to your Success!
    Dave Park

  3. Cameron

    October 5, 2022 at 2:08 am

    I love this back story! I have used Larry for years and he is an excellent attorney, I highly recommend!

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