John Olmstead

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John W. Olmstead, MBA, PhD, CMC is a Certified Management Consultant and president of Olmstead & Associates, Legal Management Consultants based in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Olmstead & Associates is a management consulting firm that works with law and other professional service firms ranging in size from 100+ professionals to firms with solo practitioners. The firm founded in 1984 serves clients across the United States and internationally assisting them with implementing change and improving operational and financial performance.

John has over 46 years of experience working with law and other professional service firms. His assignments have ranged from marketing and strategic planning to other legal management engagements such as organizational change, firm governance, succession and exit planning, implementation of technology, financial management, staff development, partner compensation, and practice management. John has helped clients implement client service improvement programs consisting of client satisfaction surveys, program development, and training and coaching programs. His assignments have covered the spectrum of management issues. However, in recent years much of his time has focused on engagements helping firms with:

§     Succession and Exit Planning

§     Sale of Law Practices, Mergers & Acquisitions

§     Partnership Admission

§     Partner Compensation

§     Governance

§     Strategy and Competitive Business Models

John has presented at conferences and workshops for bar and other professional associations at the national, state, and local levels. He has authored numerous articles on law office management in local, regional, and national law office management publications. John is currently serving as Editor-In-Chief, Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions (formally West Group), The Lawyers Competitive Edge: The Journal of Law Office Economics and Management. John also writes a weekly column on best practice tips for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Illinois Lawyer Now Blog.

John has a MBA in marketing and finance as well as a Ph.D. in Business in Organizational Psychology. He is an associate member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations, a member of the Institute of Management Consultants. John is a past Chair and a current member of the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics. He is past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants – St. Louis Chapter.

John may be contacted via e-mail at: Additional articles and information is available at the firm’s web site: and blog at


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