About Us

What we do…
Adam Smith, Esq., LLC provides high-end consulting services to the legal profession, focusing on law firms, legal professionals and legal vendors globally.

Specific consulting services provided include:

  • Strategic assessments – firm-wide, practice areas, geography
  • Leadership and leadership development
  • Finance and financial management
  • Mergers and acquisitions – pre-merger due diligence, post-merger integration
  • Compensation – program design, overhaul or revision, and alignment with firm-wide strategy
  • IT and Knowledge Management – strategic considerations and applications
  • Alternatives to traditional associate career paths and non-traditional career paths for all lawyers
  • Marketing positioning and branding
  • Client management programs – planning, implementation, evaluation
  • Professional development
  • Recruiting and retention strategies
  • Research: Surveys, focus groups, one-on-one, and phone interviews

We also provide insights on emerging trends and implications of external factors, best practices and the impact of cultural considerations.

In addition to classic consulting, we also speak at legal conferences and law firm partner retreats and other meetings.

Based in New York City, we operate globally.


Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

A sample of the many endorsements from the legal profession’s foremost authorities and practitioners…

  • “Simply the most famous online publication in the legal world.”
    –Chair, AmLaw 10 firm
  • “I just don’t know what the profession would do without you.”
    –Chairman, AmLaw 25 firm
  • “‘Adam Smith, Esq.’ is, and will remain, the definitive voice on law firm strategy.”
    –CEO and Chair, Silver Circle firm
  • “It is difficult to imagine that anyone in law firm management is not aware of Bruce MacEwen’s masterful review of the current state of the legal market.”
    -COO, Silver Circle firm
  • “You’re the brand name in law firm economics. No one writes about this subject better, or thinks about it more creatively, than you. There is no one out there–repeat, no one–who covers this business as well as you. I tell people this guy is really, really good.”
    –Managing Partner, AmLaw 50 firm
  • “Indispensable…the one and only.”
    –Bloomberg Law
  • “Thank you for delivering such a stellar presentation; for one of our most cynical partners to approach me with such uncharacteristic enthusiasm immediately after you spoke was a pleasant surprise and the moment when I knew the conference was going in the right direction.”
    –Global head of marketing, Silver Circle firm
  • “The feedback is universally complimentary, which is no mean feat in any law firm. Thank you for the reach and variety of sources in your talk and the enviable eloquence with which it was delivered.”
    –Senior Partner, Silver Circle firm