Chicago attorney Steve Smith J.D. ’80 has launched Legal Ally, a law firm specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurship. His specialty focuses on startups, women-owned businesses, and LGBT entrepreneurs. The firm offers clients a combined 36 years of legal experience. Legal Ally’s mission is to provide excellent service from experienced lawyers at large global firms for fees that fit small business owners. The firm specializes in litigation, drafting and negotiating binding contracts, protecting intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, incorporation, employment law, drafting employee manuals and insurance advisory. Legal Ally also works with clients to ensure that their online business is protected as well. Smith wants business owners to know, "Some of the seemingly small decisions you make at the very start can have huge repercussions later. We help business owners avoid problems down the line by being proactive in the beginning." Legal Ally specializes in coaching lawyers. "We have coached hundreds of lawyers in our 36 years in practice." says Smith. "Legal Ally can help lawyers build their book of business, have a career plan and become rainmakers." Smith has long been passionate about helping women and LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. In addition to his duties as Founding Partner at Legal Ally, he is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee and is a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce. Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave. At Santa Clara Law School, he was an Editor of the Law Review.