Smock Law Firm Consultants' partners have written extensively on law firm topics and our clients and those we are meeting/serving for the first time have all spoken positively of the practical and useful advice we provide – before they even knew us or hired us.
While we keep the topics current, we find that most have a much longer shelf life than we originally envisioned. For instance, it has been over 25 years since effective practice group management became a staple of law firm management's "best practices", but the monographs we have written during the ensuing period on this topic are still both viable and valuable.
Thus, we have included all of our law firm monographs in this section. They are listed below from the most to least recent and can be viewed by clicking on the title.
Happy Days are Here Again
The Results of Smock Law Firm Consultants’ Early 2019 Survey of the Legal Marketplace
And The Caissons Keep Rolling Along, But Significant Change Afoot
Meaningful Compensation For Practice And Industry Team Leaders (And Teams) – How Important Is It?
Generally Excellent 2016 Performance, Virtually Non-Existent Growth, and Some Storm Clouds On The Horizon
Effective Industry And Practice Teams – The Secret Weapon For Profitable Growth And Market Differentiation
The Race Belongs To The Swift And The Contest To The Strong
To Merge Or Not To Merge? – That Is Still The Question
Some Very Good Results, But Still Too Much Focus On The Short Term
Seven Deadly Sins Of Succession Planning: An Open Letter To “First Generation” Partners
How is 2014 Going in the Atlanta Legal Market and What Are The Longer Term Issues?
What Is Happening In The Northeast Ohio Legal Market, What Is Going To Happen And What Does It All Mean?
The New York Legal Market 2014 Update – Opinions, The Near Term Outlook, And Our Comments
Better Results Than Expected With Positive Prospects – But Issues Still To Be Addressed
“We’ve Gotta Run This Place Like A Business” – A Primer On What Many Law Firm Managers Say They Must Do, But Very Often Do Not
Déjà Vu All Over Again
Dealing With Underperforming Partners
Smock Law Firm Consultants’ Legal Marketplace Outlook for the Remainder of 2012 and Beyond
Near and Longer Term Considerations for 2012 (and Beyond) Planning – What’s on the Horizon? November 2011
Smock Law Firm Consultants' Legal Market Outlook for 2011 – Building on a Good 2010 in an Era of Continuing Uncertainty January 2011
An Update on the 2010 Legal Marketplace October 2010
Effective Practice Group Management – A Return to Prominence as a Critical Law Firm Management Priority
A Look at the Legal Marketplace Through 3/31/10
Our 2010 Legal Market Outlook: Strategic Thinking for a Fragile Recovery
The Legal Marketplace in Late 2009 – What Law Firm Leaders Are Saying Now
Between a Rock and a Hard Place Clients Demand Greater Value, Partners Want More Income
The Current Economic Environment – What Law Firm Leaders Are Saying
Flying Blind at a Critical Time: Do Your Partners Know What Your Strategy Is?
Maintaining and Expanding Profitability Without Raising Rates – Law Firm Management's Pressing Challenge
The Looming Recession: The Glass May Be Half Full By Peter Giuliani
We Are Optimists – We See the Cup at Least Half Full
Setting Managing Partner Pay It's a Two-Way Street By Peter Giuliani
No Chicken Little, The Sky Is Not Falling
The Legal Marketplace in 2008 – Time for the Industry to Jump Out of the Sauce Pan
The Seven Deadly Sins of Law Firm Mergers and Combinations By John Smock
The Legal Marketplace in 2007 – Rip Van Winkle Would Not Recognize It
What's Happening Out There? The State of Legal Management in 2005
Implementation – the Gutsy Challenge in Strategic Planning
Over the Top – Law Firm Strategic Planning Excesses and Mistakes in 2003
Confessions of a Law Firm Management Consultant – My Twenty Plus Years Before the Mast By John Smock
Dispatches From the Merger Front
The Evolution of Law Firm Strategic Planning: Darwin Would Have Been Proud
Law Firm Management in 2002
FOCUS – Our Strategic Planning Methodology
Strategic Planning in Law Firms – From "Nice to Do" to "Essential for Future Success"
The Four Stages of a Successful Law Firm Merger
To Merge or Not to Merge – That Is the Question
The Seven Deadly Sins of Law Firm Management in the New Millennium