Meet Attorney Eric D. Christoffersen
Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Eric has been with Grams & Christoffersen for 12 years and counting. He started as a student, clerking for Founder, David Grams. Shortly after joining the team (then known as David F. Grams & Associates), he knew this was the place for him! Eric has grown as an Attorney, in our flagship office in Middleton, WI once a law clerk and now a managing shareholder!
His passion for his community, clients, and the G&C team is evident. He is our office hype-man and wears the “G&C Green” with pride. Eric has led the charge spreading our mission and values throughout Southcentral Wisconsin, opening our satellite offices in Stoughton and Waunakee.
Without further ado… meet Eric!
Tell us about your family!
My wife Eve and I have been married for 10 years. She is a nurse at UW Medical Foundation. We have two daughters Lily (7) and Emma (4) and they are opposites (according to the DISC personality test, Lily is a C,D Emma is an I,S). I have three siblings: an older brother and two younger sisters. My parents live in Minnesota where my father, Randy, is an industrial engineer and my mother, Kay, is Lutheran Church care minister.
What is your title at Grams & Christoffersen and what would a client or staff member come to you regarding?
I'm an attorney and managing shareholder of Grams & Christoffersen. I specialize in estate planning and business law. I hope to educate clients in order to figure out where they're at now, motivate them to act, and implement a plan to get them to where they want to be.
How do you like to start your day at work?
I start by reviewing my schedule for the day and determining priorities for what tasks need to get done.
What led you to this career?
My background is in finance. I was connected to my mentor, and now partner, David Grams my first year of law school when I was looking to learn under a Christian attorney and the rest is history!
What was your first job?
I was a produce clerk at Rainbow Foods in Spring Lake Park, MN. (Note: Rainbow Foods sadly closed its doors in 2018)
What advice would you give your teenage self?
I'd tell myself to have more fun and don't worry so much about school.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
To be consistent and improve little by little every day for huge results in the long run. (Darren Hardy - Compound Effect)
What is one of your favorite memories of 2019?
Going to Disney world with my wife Eve for our 10th anniversary it was just the 2 of us, no kids!
What is something you’re looking forward to in 2020?
Another trip to Disney with my wife Eve, the Father/Daughter dance with my daughters Lily and Emma, our team at the firm growing closer together and doing more bonding events, and traveling to see my brother who lives in Texas.
What is something you are learning now and why is it important?
I am learning to always listen to people before I speak. This is very important in my job because oftentimes I think I have a great solution (and am excited to share it with the clients!), but the best thing I can do is stop and listen to the clients to learn about them as people, their goals, and priorities. This is also a helpful skill (but sometimes harder) in personal relationships.
What book are you currently reading?
What is one hobby you’d like to get into?
I'd like to get back into basketball. I played quite a lot through the end of my college but haven't since law school.
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite food?
Well, fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and pizza for main course. Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Reese’s peanut butter cup ice cream for dessert. Paired with any type of flavored soda to drink.
Who is your role model?
My partner David Grams and another attorney I know, Tom Hoffner, are two of my senior legal mentors.
What is your favorite quote/passage/mantra?