We believe that the most sophisticated issues require experienced, senior advisors who’ve been around Boardrooms worldwide. That’s why when you work with Adam Smith, Esq., you deal exclusively with our principals. While we have a powerful array of resources behind the scenes – technology, research, data, design, analysis, and more – it’s delivered to you, our clients, exclusively through our principals.
We have remained small by choice and picky about talent, convinced nothing can substitute for the highest possible caliber of individuals.
We work collaboratively and iteratively, with a high degree of communication. We try to be as transparent as possible, both in our professional and business affairs.
We believe nothing matters more than rigorous analysis and the discipline of thinking hard about clients’ issues, with a fresh perspective and a clear-eyed view brought to bear on each situation.
Therefore, we have no “2 x 2 matrices,” no templates, and we come to each engagement agnostic and unencumbered by presuppositions, understanding the historic path of each firm we work with has been different.
Based in New York City, we operate globally.
Bruce MacEwen / President
A lawyer and consultant to law firms on strategic and economic issues, Bruce is President of Adam Smith, Esq. Since the company’s launch in late 2003, over 1,500 articles have appeared on “Adam Smith, Esq.” covering such topics as strategy, leadership, globalization, M&A, finance, compensation, cultural considerations, and partnership structures.
Janet Stanton / Partner
Janet Stanton is an accomplished business executive who brings her experience from diverse industries and professional service organizations to bear on the business and strategic issues facing law firms in the 21st Century.
Antonio Leal Holguín / Director
Antonio Leal Holguín is a Colombian lawyer with nearly a decade of experience working as a corporate and project development attorney for law firms in New York and Bogotá, as in-house counsel, and as a government consultant. He is creative and forward-looking, and brings to the table experience in the U.S. and the Latin American legal markets to help Latin American law firms prepare for the future. Antonio is enthusiastic about creating idea-driven, data-led change in the legal profession and in legal education in Latin America.
Hodgart Associates is a specialist international consultancy offering strategic and organisation development advice to professional service firms, primarily those in the legal, accounting, property advisory and funds management sectors. It has advised a wide variety of firms across the world for over 25 years.
Together Hodgart Associates and Adam Smith Esq. offer their clients unprecedented market knowledge based on analysis, and practical, commercial solutions.
The alliance of Andover Consultores (based in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) and Adam Smith, Esq. provides Brazilian law firms a unique blend of expertise in global law firm management best practices together with powerful local understanding of the Brazilian business landscape.
Where We’ll Be
There’s no substitute for face to face. Meeting in person invites nuance, shading, adds dimensions to communication, and fosters stronger relationships. So, we travel. Here are a few of our upcoming locations. Are you in the area? Want to meet? Let us know.
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