Eric MacLeish is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Boston University Law School. He clerked for the U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro following graduation. He was the co-founder of the Boston offices of two national law firms; Greenberg Traurig and Eckert Seamans, where he was national co-chair of the litigation department. He has been recognized as one of the top ten winning trial lawyers in the country by the National Law Journal and has received numerous awards for his work including the Champion for Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association and has been recognized as a Boston Magazine Superlawyer on numerous occasions.

Eric also started the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, the only non profit in New England serving New England families who lost loved ones on 9/11. In 2004, he was elected Chairman Emeritus of the Fund. He has also served on other non-profit boards. He was also an elected representative on the Newton Board of Alderman for three terms.

Eric works with the Private Schools group at CHAE and practices collaborative law. He also focuses on mediation and works with a clinician at the firm of MacLeish and Woolverton (not affiliated with CHAE). For information about his mediation practice, please see

Honors and Awards

  • Boston Magazine Superlawyer
  • Champion for Justice Award, National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • One of the Top Ten Winning Trial Lawyers in the Country by the National Law Journal
  • One of ten “lawyers of the year” for 2016 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper

Past Employment Positions

  • Greenberg Traurig and Eckert Seamans, Co-Founder
  • U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro, Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Representative, Newton Board of Alderman
  • Massachusetts 9/11 Fund
  • Chairman, Emeritus of the Fund


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts - 1978

    Honors: Cum Laude

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