To the editor,
Over the past few months there has been plenty of information concerning the positions of our candidates for Mayor. We’ve heard from the candidates at the public debate, we’ve seen different perspectives from elected officials, there have been mailings and position papers.
As managing attorney at the Lakeville branch office of Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, I would like to provide my insight regarding Matt Little who has been working as a law clerk at our office. Hopefully this will provide an additional glimpse of the character and dedication he has to our community.
In twenty five years of practicing law, I can honestly say that I have never hired anyone as capable, hardworking, and intelligent as Matt Little. On day one he came equipped with the ability to recognize legal issues and problem solve like a seasoned attorney. During his first week I assigned a case with a difficult and complex medical history. I expected the project would require at least two weeks to complete. In four days with no medical background, Little read, organized, simplified and analyzed thousands of pages of medical records. His analysis was provided to the opposing attorney, helping bring immediate resolution to a complicated matter.
Little’s compassion for people is real. You might think that once the cameras are off that he would lose the smile but I’ve never seen it. One day last summer he spent the whole morning helping clients prepare for their depositions, which is an intense process. Instead of taking lunch, he went straight to the food shelf to assist in transitioning their data to a new database. He would also occasionally ask for a break during the day so he could personally go to the home of a Lakeville resident to discuss a problem at hand.
Many people have mentioned Little’s energy level but I feel the need to reiterate a few things I’ve seen. First, Little worked full-time throughout the summer. This was more than a 9 to 5 job. He only took three days off between finishing his first year of law school at the University of Minnesota and starting in our office. He would often have meetings before work at the Mainstreet Café, meet with folks during lunch and then knock on doors at night. I honestly have no idea how he does it. His type of energy, intelligence, problem solving skills and dedication is what gets things done.
We have a special opportunity to have someone like Matt serve as our Mayor. His commitment to this community is like none I’ve seen. It is with great pleasure that I support him in his candidacy for Mayor.
Art Kosieradzki, Attorney, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, Lakeville