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The Firm

Olmstead & Associates is a practice management, marketing, and technology 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 and based out of St. Louis, Missouri, serves clients across the United States assisting them with implementing change and improving operational and financial performance, management, leadership, client development and marketing. Our clients benefit from our results-orientated team approach to consulting engagements where we focus on implementing change and improvements rather than simply providing advisory services. We partner with our clients and serve as a member of our clients management team and function as an advisor, coach, teacher, and facilitator. Our coaching program provides attorneys and staff with one-on-one as well as group coaching to help them get “unstuck” and move forward on initiatives, reinventing both themselves and their law practices.


Our People

The firm’s consultants and staff have extensive backgrounds in law firm strategy and marketing, management, administration, organizational behavior and development, human resources, management, marketing, technology and accounting. The firm’s founder, Dr. John W. Olmstead is a Certified Management Consultant and president of the firm. Dr. Olmstead has over 35 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, implementation of technology, financial management, staff development, partner compensation, and practice management. He has been a lecturer for the Association of Legal Administrators, Missouri Trial Attorneys, St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association, IBM, Illinois State University, Illinois State Bar Association, Solo-Map CPA Association of St. Louis and many other state and local bar and other professional associations. Dr. Olmstead has authored numerous articles on law office management in local, regional, and national law office management publications. He is currently serving as Editor-In-Chief, West Group, The Lawyers Competitive Edge: The Journal of Law Office Economics and Management. He is frequently quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines across the country.

Our Clients

Olmstead & Associates has provided management services to attorneys and other professionals across the United States for over twenty five years. Client size ranges from firms with one professional to organizations with over 100 professionals.

Primary Contact
Deborah K. Olmstead
Communications Manager

Secondary Contact
John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

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