Joel Henning & Associates - Counseling to the Legal Profession
Joel Henning - Profile


JOEL HENNING  consults throughout the world with law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies and colleagues forming new enterprises .  A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, he is a well-respected and active member of the legal community with first-hand experience as a corporate lawyer and more than 20 years of experience in legal management consulting with Hildebrandt where he served as Vice President & General Counsel. He has practiced law in large and small corporate firms, and  worked with the American Bar Association as a member of the House of Delegates and as one of the founders of its lawyer training programs. Joel lectures throughout the country at law-related organizations, bar associations, universities and law schools on legal issues, public policy, business and the arts.  His book, Maximizing Law Firm Profitability:Hiring,Training & Developing Productive Lawyers, was published by Law Journal Seminars Press (an American Lawyer Media subsidiary) and is updated annually. He also writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and other publications. He is a regular lecturer at several law schools including The University of Chicago and Northwestern.

Although Joel Henning & Associates is based in Chicago, Joel has clients throughout the United States and the world, including South America, Europe and Canada.  

He has expertise in strategic planning for law firms and legal departments, mergers and acquisitions, strategic growth, associate recruitment, retention, supervision, mentoring and training, law practice management, lawyer compensation and accountability, law firm and legal department organizational audits, and outside counsel management.  He helps many law firms and legal departments deliver quality client services through cost-effective practice management.  He helps firms strengthen their core practices and offices, and enhance their brands.  Based in part on his 20 years as a writer for The Wall Street Journal, Joel offers legal writing & editing programs for law firms and legal departments.  He has served effectively as an expert witness in cases involving his experience and skills.  He also helps to plan, organize and participate in a variety of unique and engaging programs for retreats and other group  meetings, including Trends in the Legal Marketplace; New Business Models for the Legal Marketplace, Mentoring and Supervising Associates;  Law, Ethics, and the Performing Arts.  

A conversation or a meeting about your interests or concerns can be arranged by contacting him as indicated on this site.  Joel Henning & Associates, has the flexibility to provide value-added service at rates reflecting our limited overhead.  

He attempts in all possible situations to avoid hourly billing.  Several of his clients work with him on a retainer basis.