Created by a Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert.

Designed specifically for lawyers.

Programs at Harvard, Yale, the Pentagon, and the world's top law firms.


"I've been doing programming for law firms for 25 years, and I will say that Jon soared to the top of my list of excellent presenters."

-Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams,
Director of Professional Development,
Foley & Lardner

"The mindfulness training has been immensely helpful... my productivity, focus, and effectiveness have increased, and my stress has decreased."

-Christina Ponig Maccio,
Partner, DLA Piper


"One of the best instructors I have seen. Very well organized and engaging."

-Attorney, Dentons

"Phenomenal speaker. One of the best sessions I've had at Cleary."

-Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb


"One of the most engaging and impactful speakers I have ever come across! I have seen tremendous results in just a few weeks."

-Linda Anabtawi,
Director and Managing Attorney,
Southern California Edison

"Jon is both insightful and engaging.  He understands the realities of being a lawyer, and he is able to provide helpful strategies and techniques to address the daily stress and pressures."

-Leah Bruno,
Chicago Managing Partner, Dentons

 
 

Mindfulness for Lawyers helps lawyers reduce stress, improve productivity, and increase resilience through mindfulness, a simple mental practice derived from meditation. The program was developed by Jon Krop, a Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert.

Jon has taught mindfulness at Harvard, Yale, the Pentagon, the world's top law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and other organizations. 

Who We've Worked With

LAW FIRMS

  • Baker McKenzie

  • Benesch

  • Berger & Montague

  • Chadbourne & Parke

  • Cleary Gottlieb

  • Covington & Burling

  • Davis Polk

  • Day Pitney

  • Debevoise

  • Dentons

  • DLA Piper

  • Finnegan Henderson

  • Foley & Lardner

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Holland & Knight

  • Ice Miller

  • K&L Gates

  • Latham & Watkins

  • Loeb & Loeb

  • MBHB

  • McDermott

  • McDougall Gauley (Canada)

  • Neal Gerber Eisenberg

  • Nixon Peabody

  • O’Melveny & Myers

  • Orrick

  • Outten & Golden

  • Paul, Weiss

  • Pillsbury

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax

  • Schulte Roth & Zabel

  • Selendy & Gay

  • Sidley Austin

  • Sullivan & Cromwell

  • WilmerHale

  • Winston & Strawn

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association

  • Autodesk

  • Brooklyn Law School

  • Brooklyn Women's Bar Association

  • General Electric

  • George Washington University Law School

  • Harvard Law School

  • Kings County Criminal Court

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

  • National Association for Law Placement

  • NBCUniversal

  • University of Nebraska College of Law

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • New York City Law Department

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York University

  • NYU School of Law

  • Office of the Appellate Defender

  • Payne Capital Management

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Professional Development Consortium

  • Southern California Edison

  • Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Splunk

  • Touro Law Center

  • U.S. Department of Defense

  • Yale Law School

  • Yale University Office of the General Counsel

About Jon

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Jon Krop is the founder of Mindfulness for Lawyers. He graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Brown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

After law school, Jon clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a litigator at public-interest law firms in Los Angeles and New York City.

Jon has taught mindfulness at Harvard, Yale, the Pentagon, the world’s top law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and other organizations.

Jon has practiced mindfulness for over a decade and has studied with masters from around the world. He has sat numerous meditation retreats, including a seven-month silent retreat with John Yates, a meditation master and neuroscientist whose 2015 book, The Mind Illuminated, the meditation community has hailed as a landmark work.

 
 

THE STRESSES OF LAW PRACTICE

Arguing for a living is not exactly relaxing. Every day, we immerse ourselves in conflict and competition. We work long hours and, thanks to our mobile phones, we're on call 24/7. Our clients expect outstanding results, with almost no margin for error. 

These pressures take a serious toll. Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to suffer from depression as non-lawyers and twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. Stress, anxiety, and burnout are enormous problems in the profession. Many lawyers struggle to stay engaged with their jobs and satisfied with their lives.

HOW MINDFULNESS CAN HELP

Mindfulness offers an alternative to our habits of worry, anxiety, and frustration. Derived from ancient meditation methods and validated by modern science, it is a simple mental practice that introduces a calmer, more satisfying mode of being. Its benefits include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved focus
  • Greater emotional resilience
  • Increased productivity
  • Better decision making
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills

Law firms that offer mindfulness training can expect:

 
  • Reduced burnout and turnover
  • Greater efficiency and productivity
  • Happier, healthier lawyers
 

Mindfulness produces remarkable changes in a short time, and the benefits continue to deepen with practice.


Many Fortune 500 companies already offer mindfulness training to their employees, including Apple, Barclays, Comcast, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, and Target.

 
 

DESIGNED FOR LAWYERS BY A LAWYER

Mindfulness for Lawyers is not a generic mindfulness program retrofitted for lawyers. Every aspect of the program — from the techniques offered, to the teaching style, to the take-home materials — reflects an unwavering focus on lawyers as the audience.

NO CRYSTALS, NO CHANTING

Jon appreciates that lawyers are evidence-based thinkers. He is too, which is why there is nothing new-age or mystical about the Mindfulness for Lawyers program. Although Jon has studied and sat retreats with traditional Buddhist teachers, he prefers to teach in a secular style without esoteric overtones.  

Jon leads workshops in a suit and tie. He begins his programs with a brief overview of the scientific evidence for the benefits of mindfulness. This sets the tone for a grounded, results-oriented program that lawyers can relate to. The programs are fun and often funny, but always professional.

For a sense of what we teach, please see our attorney handbook, which you can download for free below. We hand out this booklet to attendees of our workshops. However, it also stands alone as a useful mindfulness guide.


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FOUNDATIONAL mindfulness WORKSHOP
(CLE-QUALIFIED)

Our most popular program. This workshop gives legal professionals the skills to reduce stress, improve performance, and increase well-being. Jon teaches a simple, effective meditation technique and other mindfulness tools tailored to a lawyer’s unique challenges and busy workday. Participants leave with everything they need to establish a robust mindfulness practice.

Other Workshops
(CLE-Qualified)

In addition to the foundational mindfulness workshop, we offer workshops tailored to your organization’s needs and covering any of these topics, alone or in combination:

(Click topic titles for descriptions)

+ Conquering Stress and Burnout

The legal profession is in a mental health crisis. A recent study reveals alarming rates of lawyer stress, anxiety, burnout, depression, and substance abuse.

Mindfulness can help. As the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being noted in August 2017, “Research has found that mindfulness can reduce rumination, stress, depression, and anxiety.” Studies also show that mindfulness can help prevent addiction relapses.

This workshop offers evidence-supported strategies for detecting stress and anxiety early and managing them skillfully so lawyers can enjoy a long, healthy, and successful tenure in the profession.

+ Defeating Digital Distractions

Modern technology often feels addictive, and this is no accident. These devices were precision-engineered to grab and hold our attention. It’s up to us to learn how to use our devices skillfully so they enhance, rather than erode, our productivity and well-being.

In this workshop, we do just that. Participants learn how to minimize the disruptive impact of their devices so they can enjoy their benefits while avoiding their pitfalls. The workshop draws on mindfulness, cognitive psychology, user experience design, and digital product philosophy.

+ Painless Public Speaking

Law firms work hard to train their lawyers for oral argument, depositions, client pitches, and other occasions that call for public speaking. Unfortunately, this training doesn’t prepare lawyers for the intense performance anxiety that often arises. This anxiety can derail a lawyer’s performance and throw all that training out the window.

Luckily, this is preventable.

This workshop explores simple, effective ways to help your lawyers prepare psychologically for public speaking so they can remain calm under pressure and execute at the highest level. The workshop draws on mindfulness, positive psychology, and third-wave cognitive therapy.

+ Peak Performance Under Pressure

Lawyers routinely encounter situations that aren’t merely stressful but provoke difficult emotions like fear, anger, and frustration. Examples include surprise weekend work; unexpected disruptions in a deal or case; tight deadlines; and difficult interactions with opposing counsel, clients, and even colleagues.

In these situations, lawyers must remain calm and focused, respond thoughtfully rather than impulsively, and manage their own emotional state so they can perform at their peak.

This workshop explores effective practices for navigating the emotional challenges lawyers face. These practices draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy, the Southeast Asian and Indo-Tibetan meditative traditions, and the contemporary mindfulness-based therapies pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

+ Solving Sleep Problems

Sleep: we all need it to function, and we all seem to be getting too little of it. Occasional, short-term sleep issues are no cause for concern, but chronic insomnia can harm a person’s health, well-being, and ability to function. Lawyers are especially susceptible due to the stresses and high stakes of our work.

In this workshop, we explore strategies for overcoming insomnia and improving sleep quality. We learn ways to avoid common sleep mistakes, to make our bedrooms and lifestyles more conducive to healthy sleep, and to combat stress and negative thought patterns around sleep. The workshop draws on mindfulness, sleep psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (“CBTi”).

Multi-Session Series
(CLE-Qualified)

A multi-workshop series offers ongoing, structured training and support — the best way for legal professionals to develop their mindfulness skills and experience lasting benefits.

We can tailor a program to your organization’s specifications, including:

 
  • Number of sessions

  • Frequency and length of sessions

  • Topics of interest (see our topic list)

 

Weekly E-Meditation

People benefit the most from mindfulness when they have ongoing support. If you want to offer that support to your lawyers and staff, sign up for our weekly e-meditation.

Jon Krop, the founder of Mindfulness for Lawyers, leads this live guided meditation via Zoom teleconference. Your people can tune in from their desks — or, if they like, they can listen together in a conference room.

The meditation lasts ten minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of optional discussion/Q&A.

A subscription covers your entire organization, whether you have one office or dozens.

 
 

We'd love to share mindfulness at your organization.

Use the form below or email us at info@mindfulnessforlawyers.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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