Jeena Cho is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA). As a child immigrant, she always felt pulled towards social justice and a deep desire to be of service to her community. She started her career as an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office 13th Judicial Circuit where she handled domestic violence and misdemeanor cases. During that time, she tried over 20 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Wanting to make a greater impact, she switched practice areas and started a consumer bankruptcy law practice in San Francisco where she helped everyday people and small businesses find solutions to overwhelming debt problems.
She is a consultant and a coach that teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. She regularly works with lawyers on reframing hindering thought patterns, wellness, self-care, and mindfulness. She also works with lawyers and law firms on stress management, work-life balance, career transition, increasing productivity, and overall wellness.
Jeena started her meditation practice at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY. She has completed several classes in Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Training at a number of institutions including Stanford University and has attended numerous retreats on mindfulness at organizations including the Spirit Rock, Insight Retreat Center, and the San Francisco Zen Center. She has completed the teacher training practicum for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is currently completing the Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program at UC Davis.
She is a monthly well-being contributor to the ABA Journal. She has also written for Above the Law, Forbes, Bloomberg, Lawyerist, Ms. JD, and Huffington Post. She’s been interviewed on O, The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health, MSNBC, and Wall Street Journal. Jeena is the author of the LexisNexis guide How to Manage Your Law Office where she wrote about starting, growing, and managing a solo practice including topics ranging from marketing to virtual law practice to social media. She holds a J.D. and B.A. from University at Buffalo.
My philosophy as a coach is to be a safe, supportive, and quiet presence. During a coaching engagement, I listen deeply and ask powerful questions so that you can gain clarity, and to go below the surface-level issues.
As a coach, I create space so that you can pause, explore, examine and make progress toward desired outcomes. Coaching conversations are an invitation to look at your habitual behaviors, beliefs and thought processes and shift them so you can experience more ease and create a positive impact.
As a lawyer with over 15 years of practice, I am intimately familiar with the experience of law practice. I offer the unique ability to blend mindfulness, cognitive behavioral tools, and coaching conversations, through the lens of a lawyer. All the tools that I bring have been “field tested” in my own law practice.
During times of uncertainty, high-functioning lawyers can go through periods of increased stress and decreased productivity. They often struggle with balancing personal and professional obligations and may need assistance in developing a structured, sustainable schedule, or addressing underlying issues like anxiety.
In a coaching relationship, my role as the coach is to create a space where you are free to express and explore your thoughts and behaviors in a judgment-free environment. We examine deeply held beliefs, and habits. I also facilitate goal setting so that you can move toward them in a supportive and encouraging environment.