Case Studies

A few representative case studies of our recent work with clients.  When we work with you, you can be certain of a few things:

  • You will work only with our senior principals, Bruce MacEwen, Janet Stanton, and Antonio Leal Holguin. Although we have a multi-talented team behind us, we do not believe there is or should be such a thing as a junior consultant.
  • We approach each engagement as agnostics.  We have no pre-packaged one-size-fits-all (or even one-size-fits-a-few) solution.  We follow where the data and our broad and deep reservoir of experience in Law Land leads us.
  • We believe in quantitative, qualitative, and shoe leather research.  We seek to take advantage of all publicly available sources of information combined with in-person conversations and discussions and meetings with key participants in the pertinent markets.

Merger Analysis

A single-city firm exploring expansion into the closest adjacent major metropolitan area.

Key Issues
The managing partner of our client firm had identified a target firm in the nearby city and had gotten as far as to determine that the target was interested in a potential combination. Adam Smith, Esq. was engaged to assess the pros and cons of the proposed transaction…

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Compensation Redesign

Two-office regional AmLaw 200 firm.

Key Issues
Compensation system that rewarded hoarding, discouraged collaboration—squarely at odds with the firm’s newly adopted strategic plan. Engagement was to thoroughly reform and update the compensation system…

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Alternative Services Research

Top North American firm wanted to explore offering alternative legal services.

Key Issues
With the proliferation of alternative legal service providers, our client wanted to explore the viability of their providing similar services to their clients, wondering if offering lower-end services would in any way tarnish their brand image…

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Strategic Review, Analysis & Rollout

Mid-size AmLaw 200 firm; domestic US with regional concentration.

Key Issues
Leadership transition from founding generation to successors, combined with compensation system that had outlived its usefulness…

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Succession Planning

AmLaw 100 firm with historic compensation system.

Key Issues
AmLaw 100 firm with historic compensation system featuring “perpetual” origination credit for clients—giving partners every incentive to hoard legacy clients and resist smooth, or any, transition to next generation of relationship partners…

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All-partner retreat and conference

Mid-size domestic US AmLaw 200 firm with marquee practice specialization.

Key Issues
Brought in to plan and execute agenda for biennial equity partner retreat scheduled for just weeks away–first such retreat for new managing partner succeeding predecessor with 15+ year tenure…

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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.

Zurich & Geneva
August 27, 2019 Zurich & Geneva

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Bruce MacEwen, President
Email
direct: +1.212.866.4800
mobile: .+1.212.866.2630
New York

Janet Stanton, Partner
Email
direct: +1.212.866.4270
New York

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