WHO WE ARE

Smock Law Firm Consultants is a leading law firm strategy and management consulting firm focused on adding value to our diverse law firm client base in seven areas – firm and practice strategic planning, strategic plan execution, practice group management, mergers and combinations, law firm economics, operational excellence and strategic management issue resolution.

While we have served law firm clients since our Firm's beginnings, our present single industry focus emerged from our own strategic planning in 1998 and, subsequently, we very quickly grew the law firm practice to the current steady state of 75% of our revenues. The other 25% comes from our continuing strategic planning consultation with a variety of profit and non-taxable business entities.

Our firm has four highly experienced partners, supported by qualified research and administrative resources. For a full resume of each, please click on the consultant's name.

John Smock began his management consulting career in 1970 and has conducted strategy related assignments in a variety of industries – manufacturing, distribution, energy and utilities, health care, and government. Since 1984, he has developed a strong and highly visible practice in helping law firms and their practices set their strategic direction and implement that direction. He originally developed and has continually updated our FOCUS strategic planning methodology. Additionally he developed, grew, and managed large multi-service, multi-office consulting practices in his prior firm – Arthur Young.

Peter Giuliani began his law firm consulting career in 1968 and has served a wide range of law firms of all sizes, nationally and internationally since then. While his skills include a broad base of strategic disciplines, Peter is particularly well known for his law firm economics expertise and insight. Also, he brings the invaluable experience of having very successfully served for seven years as Executive Director of a highly regarded East Coast law firm.

Joe Walker has an unusual combination of skill sets – as a practicing litigator for over twenty years, then ten years as a law firm managing partner, general counsel of a well-known automotive supply and service company, and CEO of a major subsidiary of that company. As a law firm managing partner, Joe was on the leading edge of law firm strategic planning, quality assurance, and merger integration concepts.

Gary Fiebert Gary Fiebert has spent the last twenty years as Executive Director/COO at three major law firms, including Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York, where he spent ten years prior to joining Smock in April 2012. Over that period, he was the primary non-attorney manager and leader of firm and practice group strategic business planning, finance, marketing, general firm management, organizational change, and human resources. Previously, he spent twenty~three'years in industry, seven in industrial and corporate settings and sixteen as a general management consultant assisting clients access to a wide range of industries in achieving strategic and operational improvements.

 

Tracy Piejda, leads our administrative and support activities. She joined us in 1998 and is, in many ways, the backbone of our firm.