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Four hands of businessmen collect gear from the gears of the details of puzzles. against the background of sunlight. The concept of a business idea. Teamwork. strategy. cooperation - ImageIn three decades providing planning and management advice to law firms throughout the country—both large and midsize—it became clear to me early on that there was a growing disparity in how large vs. midsize law firms view “strategic planning” as it came into vogue in the late 1970s. Increasingly, it became obvious that large national and regional firms experienced both the process and benefits of strategic planning quite differently from their midsize competitors. It also became obvious that the practical benefits of strategic planning were not as clear or apparent to midsize firms as they were to their larger brethren.

The concept of “strategic planning” was invented and propagated by some of the nation’s leading business schools and by the management consulting firms emanating from graduates of those schools. Over time, with the establishment of consulting firms focused solely on the legal industry, strategic planning became the driver of legal consulting firms’ services repertoire.

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