Our Services

Legal Recruiting

An award-winning, go-to source for expert insight on the national legal market, ALD, Inc. is often sought after for its personal, relationship-based approach to legal recruiting.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions

ALD, Inc. has served as trusted advisors to leadership on all aspects of law firm mergers, as well as practice group and partner acquisitions.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consulting

ALD, Inc. provides specifically-designed diversity leadership and advisement on sustained cultural change and the elimination of systemic bias.

Succession Planning
Succession Planning

Key elements of a successful long-term succession plan are the development of a new strategic plan and the implementation of the succession plan.

Strategic Marketing
Strategic Marketing

Our goal is to create clear, consistent messaging that touts expertise within the firm to reinforce credibility and establish top-of-mind awareness with prospective clients.

Featured Engagements

ALD, Inc. is representing one of the 50 largest full-service, international law firms with its continued growth strategies in major U.S. legal markets, through a merger with another law firm and/or an acquisition of practice groups.

ALD, Inc. has been exclusively retained by one of Europe’s largest law firms (more than 3,000 lawyers globally) to represent them in a merger with or acquisition of a U.S.- based law firm, which will establish its first U.S. office.

If you are aware of any practice groups or law firms that would be open to a confidential conversation, we are offering a generous referral fee for any referral that leads to a successful deal.

Please contact our Chief Strategy & Mergers and Acquisitions Officer
Rodney L. Abstone II | rabstone@abstonelalley.com

Our Story

Who We Are

Founded in 2012, Abstone Lalley DeNio, Inc. is an award-winning Minority and Women-owned boutique firm of consultants and strategists, exclusively serving law firms throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Our consultants and strategists deliver a comprehensive range of integrated services rooted in the firm’s core value of building strong relationships through exceptional, highly personalized service, and superior industry knowledge backed by decades of experience working with small, mid-size, and Am Law firms globally. ALD, Inc. has developed a reputation for excellence and is a go-to source for its particular expertise in legal recruiting, DE&I consulting, and M&A strategy and consulting.

Consultants & Strategists

Rodney L. Abstone II, JD, MA

Chief Strategy & Mergers and Acquisitions Officer

Sara DeNio

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Dianne Piper, Esq.

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Strategist


  • “I enthusiastically endorse Rodney Abstone’s firm, AbstoneLalley, Inc., for its particular expertise in law firm merger consulting. Rodney worked with my firm to create a merger with another law firm. When Rodney and I first met, my firm was not looking for a merger partner. However, after multiple discussions with Rodney and his colleagues, we decided to strongly consider the opportunity. Working with Rodney and his team was a great experience. He consulted with us about the other firm, worked with both firms in arranging critical meetings, and encouraged us to think about the big picture and see the potential success that could result from a merger. His advice and guidance throughout the entire process was critical to moving the discussions forward. Rodney is a no-nonsense person, but one who you enjoy being around. So even when there were hard decisions to make, Rodney was there with the right questions and answers. Rodney made it clear that our concerns were his concerns, and despite whether we would close the deal or not, he had our best interests at heart. With his guidance, my firm was able to successfully complete the merger deal. In working so closely with Rodney throughout this process, he not only served as an exceptional consultant for my firm, he also became a dear friend. I eagerly refer others to Rodney and his firm for his professional expertise.”

    Eileen Letts
    Equity Partner - Zuber Lawler LLP
  • “I worked with Rodney in his role as a Partner Recruiter at AbstoneLalley for many years in my role as Director of Partner Recruiting & Integration at Nixon Peabody. I can’t say enough wonderful comments about Rodney. He was on our short list of recruiters. Rodney and his team “get it”. They never wasted my time with candidates that didn’t fit the profile we initially discussed. They focus on quality over quantity. In addition to being excellent in his role as a Partner Recruiter, Rodney is a genuinely good-hearted person and cares about making the right match. It’s not just about a commission, which is why I would recommend Rodney and AbstoneLalley if you’re looking to grow your team.”

    Julie Zammuto
    Fmr. Director of Partner Recruiting & Integration - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • “Rodney, my partner, John Stephens and I wanted you to know that we really appreciate the creativity, responsiveness and expertise that AbstoneLalley and you have demonstrated in consulting, marketing and business development and in guiding Burke, Warren, Mackay and Serritella’s efforts not just to create a truly diverse law firm, but to also support the firm’s efforts to increase its marketing and business development based on the American Bar Association’s Model Diversity Survey (Resolution 113). Among other things, Resolution 113 encourages its corporate members to increase their legal spending with diverse attorneys. Your innovative approach has resulted in several new business relationships and has promoted the firm generally. As we move forward, we anticipate even greater success from such an innovative diversity-focused marketing program.”

    Stephen H. Pugh | John P. Stephens
    Shareholders – Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

ForbesBLK Selects Rodney L. Abstone II as Newest Member

ALD, Inc., is honored to announce that Rodney L. Abstone II, our Majority Shareholder and Chief Strategy & Mergers and Acquisition Officer, has been invited to and accepted as a member...

Contact Us

Corporate Office: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 525, Chicago, IL 60611
Email: info@abstonelalley.com

United States

+1 (312) 602-2549

South America

+54 9 11 5258 2124