Mindful Practice: An Introduction to Mindfulness for Legal Professionals

Recorded On: 03/11/2021

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This webcast will introduce participants to the benefits of practicing mindfulness. The speaker will lead a short, basic meditation and provide tips for how participants can incorporate mindfulness in their lives at home and at work.

The presentation will also touch on how a regular mindfulness practice can improve key attorney skills such as negotiation, drafting, and time management.

Austin Charles

Alston & Bird (United States)

I am a certified yoga and meditation instructor, nationally sought speaker, and practicing attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contemplative practice has woven its way through my entire life. My father began teaching meditation to fellow E.R. Doctors in the early ‘90s; I joined him on the cushion at age six. This early introduction has lead to lifetime of exploration. As my life has unfolded yoga, energy movement, and meditation have remained a constant every step of the way.

In 2007, I began training Ashtanga yoga under Swami Ambikanada and Pekiti Tersia under Sifu Chris Ash. Yoga and martial arts did not come easily to me, it took years of work to achieve confidence in both practices. With the patient instruction from these two great teachers I found a home in these physical practices. In 2012 I received my 200 hour certification from Shanti Yoga, and in 2014 earned my black belt from Ocean Martial Arts Academy.

I see my role as an attorney as counselor first. Leaning on my training in contemplative practice, I encourage my clients to step back from their legal questions and help them address underlying concerns concurrently with their technical questions. My practice areas include corporate structuring, international real estate acquisition, commercial real estate finance, and alternative dispute resolution.

Kevin Costanza

Seed IP (United States)

Kevin provides clients from a wide range of engineering technologies, consumer products, and services with strategic IP counseling, due diligence support, mechanical patent prosecution, design patenting and registration, trademark clearance and registration, domain name disputes, and intellectual property opinions, dispute resolution and licensing.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Kevin worked as an engineer with the Irvine, California office of Fluor Daniel, Inc., where he drafted design specifications for petrochemical facilities. Kevin has practiced at Seed IP Law Group since 1998 and, since 2015, he has served as the firm’s managing partner. He is a member of the firm’s Trademark, Mechanical Engineering, and IP Enforcement & Litigation Groups.

 

Lauren Refinetti Timmons

Alston & Bird (United States)

Lauren Timmons is a senior associate on Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property – Trademark and Copyrights Team. She focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution, and portfolio management. Lauren has assisted in representing a wide variety of well-known brands, including clients in the real estate, education, consumer goods, finance, pharmaceutical, software, and food and beverage industries. Lauren also has litigation experience in federal district courts involving domestic and foreign trademarks and copyrights, including drafting substantive motions, answering and serving discovery requests, assisting with depositions, and preparing for evidentiary hearings. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and received her B.A., graduating with highest distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lauren’s pro bono work advocates for victims facing child custody, domestic violence, and unaccompanied-minor immigration matters. 

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