MINDFULNESS IN LAW
MEDITATION FOR LAWYERS
Welcome to Holistic Law, an evolving approach that combines mindfulness and law practice in a way that transcends our predominant adversarial model and provides optimal, long-term solutions to clients.
I have been a licensed attorney for more than 25 years and am admitted to practice law in California and Connecticut, graduating from Boston University School of Law in 1988, and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., cum laude, in 1985 majoring in Psychology. I have meditated for more than twenty years and have engaged in extensive meditation, mindfulness, and wellness training programs on both the east and west coasts.
I offer meditation and mindfulness training to individuals facing legal problems of any kind, as well as to practicing attorneys seeking to integrate meditation and/or mindfulness into their professional practices.
My mindfulness in law services are of value whether you are now actively involved in litigation, have recently been sued, or if you are merely contemplating some type of future legal action. Through mindfulness exercises, training, and ongoing support, I can help cultivate far more clarity with which you can proceed in an optimal fashion, freed from habitual reactions which may be complicating an already challenging situation. If after our mindfulness sessions you decide to proceed with formal legal action, I am available to either serve as your attorney or locate another local attorney especially suited to handle your specific situation.
To learn more about my holistic law practice and mindfulness sessions, feel free to give me a call at (415) 508-6263 or complete and submit the form below for a free 30-minute consultation by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
My holistic approach places a primary focus on your unique life situation and examines learned conditioning and behavioral roots that may have contributed to your current difficulties. Through mindfulness exercises, I attempt to center attention on present-moment experience so as to facilitate greater clarity in interpreting and dealing with present challenges. This clarity will lead to far better decision-making when developing an approach to address your legal issues.
The information below provides a better idea of how my 5-session holistic law sessions are generally structured:
In our initial meeting we will discuss the legal situation(s) in your life that you believe demand(s) immediate attention. We will consider these legal issues in the context of your current life situation, e.g., your home environment, work life, as well as familial and social relationships.
In our second and third sessions, you will be provided with an introduction to “mindfulness” – understood as a heightened awareness of your present-moment experience. This awareness may be obtained through somatic attention to the breath, seated posture, contact with the floor, sounds in the environment, etc. In coming to more fully connect to your present-moment experience, you begin to internalize the possibility that you are more than your learned conditioning, thoughts, and current legal issues.
Having begun to appreciate the freedom offered by simple mindful attention to present experience, we begin to look more closely at past thoughts and conditioned reactions to these thoughts that may have contributed to your current legal situation. While we look at these thoughts, we return to present-moment awareness in a way that further instills a foundational appreciation that you need not be defined by, nor have your behavior automatically spring from, your conditioned thinking.
In our fifth session, we build on your foundation of present-moment awareness in defining a future plan of action to concretely address your legal concerns and further cultivate mindfulness in your everyday life. By committing to this plan, you will continuously enhance your ability to access inner peace and become far less reactive to your conditioned thinking. In the process, you will become for less likely to repeat past behavioral patterns that may have contributed to your current legal situation.
Perhaps in no other area of the law is a highly conscious, holistic approach needed than when dealing with the potential breakdown of a family unit. Our adversarial court system, and typically adversarial approach of most lawyers largely fails to address the deep causes and far-reaching implications of intra-family conflict, especially when children are involved.
My holistic approach integrates mindfulness in law practice to provide heightened clarity on how to proceed with major decisions that must be made at this point in one’s life. Prior to developing a concrete legal strategy, I work with you to help identify and free you from learned conditioning and habitual reactions that may have brought about or exacerbated your current marital conflict. In beginning to loosen the grip of such conditioned thinking, we can identify far more creative solutions to better serve the long-term interests of you and your family.
In situations involving children, I can also meet with you together with your kids to help address their fears and insecurities during this uncertain time, and encourage their participation in this process to ensure that their best interests are the impetus in the strategy we develop moving forward.
In most cases, my holistic divorce services are billed at a negotiated flat-rate, and not by the hour. My holistic sessions are included with the cost of my holistic divorce representation.
To learn more about my holistic divorce approach, call me directly at (415) 508-6263, or complete and submit my confidential inquiry form at the bottom of this page to request a free, confidential consultation.
Few professions in contemporary American society produce more deeply entrenched ego-driven identities than law practice. To begin, the cerebral, logic-driven nature of law practice in itself serves as a starting point for one to easily lose touch with a grounded sense of being rooted not in intellect, but in present-moment experience. A litany of other factors serve to forge a pervasive ego-identity. First, our society is deeply enamored with power. Lawyers obtain this power by becoming educated in basic societal rights to a far greater extent than non-lawyers, and learn how to pursue these rights with greater efficacy. Additionally, over the past several decades, attorneys have been able to create an industry in which fees routinely exceed $300.00/hour, thus allowing the attainment of significant material wealth, also highly valued in contemporary society. Further adding to the formation of a tenacious ego is the fact that the ability of an attorney to command the highest fees is largely dependent upon the ability to “win” in court, or achieve outcomes “better” than one’s opponent.
The above factors serve to create an existential minefield through which few attorneys are able to successfully navigate. Maintaining this egoic self has become especially difficult for many attorneys during this economic downturn; what is left is what many in the industry now term the “New Normal.” With imperiled egos, however, come unparalleled opportunities to transcend one’s learned conditioning and realize new inner peace and professional fulfillment. Freed from this grip, attorneys can, perhaps for the first time in adulthood, begin to entertain the notion that what he or she had come to view as him or her “self” was primarily based on fictional thoughts and beliefs, and that his or her true self might actually lie beyond these thoughts. What lies beyond these thoughts is a true sense of being that connects all life.
In this light, the falsity of the ego becomes readily apparent and a true sense of being can begin to emerge. This reality cannot be proven by logic, intellect, or thought as it lies beyond these faculties. Its truth lies in one’s experience of the inner peace felt when connecting up to a simple but profound sense of being.
I come from a background typical of most U.S. attorneys. My road led directly to law school from college, and to a large private law firm directly after law school. In traveling this path for more than twenty years, I have worked in almost every segment of the legal industry including litigation practice in large-firm, small-firm and solo-practice environments, recruitment and staffing, litigation management and legal fee auditing, and law firm marketing. These experiences have fostered an appreciation for how difficult this road can be.
As with my non-attorney clients, my mindfulness and meditation for lawyers program emphasizes the heightening of conscious awareness and acceptance of the present-moment as a means of dis-identifying from entrenched thoughts and learned conditioning. This process can help to both improve your ability to connect with life on a deeper, more foundational level and make you a more effective practitioner with renewed creativity and improved ability to truly solve problems for your clients that transcend discreet legal situations. Approaching practice in this reinvigorated manner will significantly heighten your professional fulfillment as a practicing attorney.
To learn more about my professional coaching programs and meditation for attorneys, please call me at (415) 508-6263.
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Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the Study of Constitutional Law; Paul J. Liacos Scholar; Member, J. Braxton Craven National Constitutional Law Moot Court Team
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., cum laude, Psychology, 1985
Admitted to Practice Law in California (2001) and Connecticut (1988)
Solo Law Practice, Berkeley/Oakland, CA, 2001-present. Represent individuals in matters primarily involving divorce and family law integrating mindfulness into law practice to facilitate optimal decision-making.
Founding Member, The Holistic Lawyer Association, HolisticLawyers.org, Oakland, CA, 2014-present.
Attorney, Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, Hartford, CT, 1988-1991. Associate Attorney in Commercial Litigation Department of 100+ attorney national law firm.
Principal, Attorneyz.com, Berkeley/Oakland, CA, 1997-present. Provide professional Internet marketing solutions and website design services to attorneys and law firms.
Manager, Legal Cost Containment Unit, Fireman’s Fund, Novato, CA, 1995-1997. Created, developed and managed 5-person unit charged with reigning in escalating outside counsel expenses associated with the defense of insureds in large-scale environmental claims litigation.
Legal Cost Coordinator/Senior Litigation Auditor, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Boston, MA, 1993-1995. Interfaced with outside counsel throughout the United States in corporate-wide effort to control legal costs associated with the defense of multi-district asbestos claims and toxic tort litigation. Primary responsibility for negotiating and resolving legal fee disputes and requests for reimbursement with outside counsel resulting in the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars of excessively billed legal fees.
Director, Wallace Law Registry (now Kelly Law Registry), Boston, MA, 1991-1993. Opened and help expand fledgling satellite office of national legal placement firm focused on the recruitment and placement of highly credentialed attorneys in corporate legal departments.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., cum laude, Psychology, 1985
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Boston, MA. 1991-1992. Program Assistant. Provided eight-week mindfulness training to group of adults based on the Relaxation Response developed by Dr. Herbert Benson in the 1970′s.
Westboro State Hospital, Westboro, MA, 1984. Intern. Provided in-patient services to mentally ill geriatric patients in state psychiatric facility.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA. Participant in training classes on mindfulness meditation, 1995-present.
East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA. Participant in training classes on mindfulness meditation, 2010-present.