As a Legal Project Manager, Larissa Kruzel draws on her distinctive professional skillset to help create solutions to the legal and business challenges clients face. Her Green Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma, as well as her continued certification as a PMP, and vast experience in process improvement in a variety of sectors helps her create the results clients need. Additionally, Larissa’s unique background in chemical engineering and manufacturing shapes her particularly pragmatic and directed work approach.
Larissa listens to clients to understand their pain points, breaks down their challenges, and then devises practical solutions or a path forward. She uses that word — practicality — again and again when describing her work for clients, and views it as one of her core traits.
During Larissa’s two years at Seyfarth, she began co-teaching a class at Kent Law School titled “Legal Process Improvement and Legal Project Management” with Seyfarth colleague Kyle Hoover. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Larissa spent three years in legal project management at an AmLaw 100 firm. Her work there included the creation of a technology portal to manage the portfolio of the firm’s largest client. Her career began at Fortune 500 metal packaging technology leader Crown Holdings, where she worked in R&D and directed efficiency projects aimed at reducing manufacturing costs.
Larissa’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University cultivated a passion for data, analytics, and experimentation, traits she brings to her work at SLC. She enjoys legal project management because it fuses two of her passions — creating strong client relationships and complex problem solving.
Away from work, Larissa spends time with her four siblings and her parents, all of whom are in or around Chicago. She enjoys boxing, dance, and yoga at the gym, along with international travel. Recent trips include Colombia, Costa Rica, Ireland, Morocco, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Turkey.
“When I learned the importance Seyfarth Shaw places on using data analytics to solve legal problems, I was grinning. I want to help make that standard practice in law firms. It's what's best for our clients.”