Eric Seeger serves as the firm’s Chief of Staff, working closely with our Managing Partner and Management Committee to develop and implement the firm’s strategic goals. He brings 22 years of experience working with law firms and lawyers to identify strategic opportunities and improve client service and performance.
Before joining JSH, as a principal with leading legal consultancy Altman Weil, Eric worked with hundreds of law firms throughout the U.S. and Canada on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, operations management, practice/trial group leadership, C-level recruiting, and market research and analysis. His ability to recognize and analyze clients’ needs – and successfully implement solutions to achieve goals – earned him a national reputation as a thought leader in the legal profession. Eric co-authored Altman Weil’s highly influential Law Firms in Transition surveys annually from 2010 to 2020.
Eric also has significant in-house experience. As Chief Operating Officer of a regional law firm, he introduced and directed strategic planning at the firm, practice group, and individual lawyer levels and managed operations. As strategy officer for an Am Law 200 firm, Eric helped formulate and execute strategic plans that led to substantial geographic and headcount growth and a doubling of the firm’s revenue per lawyer and profit per equity partner.
Earlier in his career, Eric performed market analysis for a global manufacturer and managed budgeting and financial analysis projects for a major university.
Outside the office, Eric and his wife volunteer with a number of ministries and community organizations and serve on boards. He has also volunteered his time as a youth coach, umpire, and referee for baseball, basketball, and flag football leagues.
Presentations & Publications
Eric frequently speaks and authors articles on the subjects of law firm strategy, management, performance, growth, succession planning, and legal industry trends. Some of his recent work is listed below.
Law Firm Leadership Seminars
- “Excellence in Law Firm Leadership,” Co-Presenter
- “Creating Great Practice Groups,” Co-Presenter
- “Results-Driven Practice Group Planning,” Co-Presenter
- “Becoming a Successful New Partner,” Co-Presenter
- “Fast, Flexible Strategic Planning,” February 2020
- “What Works: Performance Accelerators (and Missed Opportunities),” October 2019
- “What Clients Want in 2019,” May 2019
- “Putting Your Practice Groups to the Test,” December 2018
- “Law Firm Performance Accelerators,” December 2017
- “Mastering Lawyer Business Planning,” October 2016
- “Becoming a Go-To Administrator,” March 2015
Surveys of Law Firm Leaders (reports available at altmanweil.com)
- “Law Firms in Transition Survey,” Co-Author, annually 2010-2020
- “Midsize Firms Report: Six Months into COVID-19,” September 2020
- “New Law Firm Polling Suggests Almost Everybody Likes Working at Home,” July 2020
Articles (available at altmanweil.com)
- “Using Project Teams Effectively,” May 2020
- “Urgent Opportunities for Law Firm Leaders,” April 2020
- “How to Pay Your Practice Leaders,” March 2020
- “Why Reducing Underperformers’ Compensation Doesn’t Work,” February 2020
- “Three Takeaways from The No Asshole Rule,” September 2019
- “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (On Getting Things Done by David Allen),” March 2019
- “Assembling a Strategic Planning Committee That Works,” June 2018
- “Three Timely Questions for Law Firm Leaders,” October 2017
- “A Simple Exercise to Differentiate Your Practice,” June 2017
- “Recommended Reading for Law Firm Leaders,” February 2017
- “Ten Ways to Accelerate Change Efforts,” September 2016
- “Five Things Associates Tell Me (That They Don’t Tell You),” October 2015
- “For Managing Partners: A Questionnaire for Practice Leaders,” June 2015
- “An Argument for More Nonhourly Billing,” March/April 2015
Continuing Education & Training
To advance his leadership skills, Eric has participated in a host of trainings, programs, and conferences, including workshops on team building and client service. His continuing education experience includes work at the Center for Creative Leadership and Covey Leadership Center, in addition to programs on legal innovation, continuous improvement, racism awareness, speed reading, and internal client satisfaction.
Harvard Business School, Executive Program, Leading Professional Service Firms, 2015
Lancaster Bible College, M.A., Leadership Studies, 2009
Tulane University, MBA, Strategy and General Management, 1991
Tulane University, B.A., Philosophy, 1989
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1987-88