Consulting, Public Speaking & Law Career Counseling

Susan Smith Blakely regularly speaks and consults to law firms, law organizations, colleges, law schools, and professional groups about the important insights from her own extensive experience and research for her books.

As a consultant, Susan brings practical, real-world solutions to law firms, law organizations, and law schools to make them more competitive for the 21st century. A gifted public speaker, she brings warmth, wisdom, and a fearless look at the challenges facing young women lawyers and the legal profession to all of her conversations and speeches.  As one audience member put it:

Susan Smith Blakely is a warm and confident speaker who shares her experiences and ideas while providing work-life balance and career advice for women attorneys—her recent engagement to speak for a Women’s Bar Association of Maryland event was enlightening, entertaining, and informative. Thank you, Susan!

L. Teri Spradlin-Dahn, Attorney at Law, LEED AP; Former-Chapter President Women’s Bar Association of Maryland

Susan has guided and mentored young lawyers throughout her career as a way of giving back to her profession. Whether she presents lessons learned through public speaking, consulting, career counseling, or in her groundbreaking books, Susan continually strives  to improve conditions and retention rates for all young attorneys.


Retaining young lawyers can be a challenge for law firm leadership. Susan will work with young women lawyers in your firm and consult with diversity leadership and women’s initiatives to develop programs that benefit both your firm and women attorneys.  She also will work with millennial lawyers and law firm leadership to address the new set of values represented by millennial lawyers and ways for your firm to respond to those values and needs.  Her program on Soft Skills for Lawyers is a MUST for young lawyers and will reap countless benefits to the law firm.  This is what they do not teach in law school.

Public Speaking

Whether you are looking for a vibrant speaker for your college, law school, professional organization, or law firm Women’s Initiative or retreat, you can demonstrate support for young lawyers by inviting Susan to speak about successful career planning, realities of the legal profession, cutting edge solutions to help retain valuable talent, effective leadership for young lawyers, and the soft skills that they will need to succeed in the profession.  Her programs will appeal to all young lawyers and law students, and to program leaders and managers at law firms.

Law Career Counseling

Law school educators and career counselors find that Susan’s messages contain just the right balance of emphasis on education and planning, caution, and empowerment. If young lawyers don’t recognize and prepare for the challenges that await them in their careers, they will not thrive and many will abandon practice. Having a time-tested mentor, who shares their experience and insight, can make all the difference between success and failure. Best Friends at the Bar is a great place for young lawyers to start the journey toward successful firms and more balanced law firms.