Leading Experts in Coaching New and Seasoned Attorneys in Chicago
Legal Ally is your partner in growing a thriving and sustainable legal practice. Whether you are just starting, thinking about adding partners, or planning your exit strategy into a new firm, we can help you increase the value of your practice and establish the proper work/life balance you desire.
Who We Are
Steve Smith, Founder
Steve is passionate about helping all attorneys, especially women and LGBT lawyers, succeed. He is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, and on the board of Artemisia Theatre, which supports and empowers women in theater. He is also a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce.
Steve lives in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Cathy, and their three dogs: Harry, Maggie and Lola. Steve and Cathy have a son, Andrew, a daughter, Jenny, and a grandson, Holden. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Mendel Catholic High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and attended the University of Santa Clara Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.
Steve and his colleagues have practiced at some of the largest firms in the world: Sidley, McGuire Woods, and Bryan Cave. For the past several years, Steve has focused solely on representing visionary and innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses with all of their legal needs.
In addition to his work as a business counselor, Steve has been at the forefront of coaching and talent development efforts in the firms at which he has served. He believes the future of the legal profession depends on its ability to attract and develop diverse talent.
Because we care about more than just advice to grow, we offer advice to thrive. We will help you have a solid foundation to establish and expand your legal practice but also feel confident in the work you do and in the life you live. With over 36 years of experience as a Chicago legal attorney in leading, global law firms, we bring a powerful combination of business and litigation experience to efficiently and effectively guide you through your growth as you seek to take the next step in your career.
Who We Serve
We believe in opportunity for all and in making the legal world more equitable and representative. We are especially passionate about working with the LGBTQ community and supporting women lawyers.
If you are thinking about growing your practice or going out on your own in or around Chicago, contact us. We can help take the fear and uncertainty out of the process so that you can focus on building a stable, successful practice. You don’t have to do it alone. We’re in your corner. We are your Legal Ally.