Arthur Larson: Most Influential Workers’ Compensation Scholar in U.S. History

View Judge Torrey’s review of the book, Modern Republican: Arthur Larson and the Eisenhower Years

The late Arthur Larson (1910-93), was the author of the seminal treatise on workers’ compensation laws, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation (Matthew Bender/Lexis).  That text, first published as a two-volume work in 1952, is now to be found in eleven thick volumes that take up considerable space at most law libraries.  Although Larson died in 1993, his son keeps the treatise up to date.  In the present day, the book is most widely read on-line via  Lexis. So authoritative and comprehensive is the treatise that it would be reckless to declare that a particular issue has been unaddressed under state workers’ compensation laws, without first examining this masterful work.

The book review linked above summarizes a 2006 biography of Larson.  The author, David L. Stebenne of Ohio State University, provides an edifying account of Larson’s life with an initial focus on the family, social, and educational environment that gave rise to Larson’s political philosophy.  The book also recounts his career as a lawyer, workers’ compensation scholar, and Eisenhower Administration official.