Jeena Cho


Jeena Cho

Lawyer, Author, Mindfulness Instructor, Wellness Consultant


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Short Bio:

Jeena Cho is the co-author The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA). She is a regular contributor to Forbes, Bloomberg and Above the Law where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace. She regularly speaks on women’s issues, diversity, wellness, productivity, mindfulness, and meditation.

Long Bio:

Jeena Cho is a partner at JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco, CA. She practices with her husband, Jeff Curl, working with individuals and small businesses to find the best solutions for their financial troubles.

In addition to her law practice, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. She regularly speaks and writes about 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).

Jeena has spoken and offered training at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Sheppard Mullin, MoFo, ABA, SCBA, NACBA, AABA, SMCBA, CCCBA, Golden Gate University, School of Law, NAPO and BALRA (and many other acronyms).

Jeena is the co-author of The Anxious Lawyer (ABA). She is a regular contributor at Above the Law. She has also written for Forbes, BloombergLawyerist, Ms. JD, and Huffington Post. She’s been interviewed on 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.

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Speaking & Teaching Engagements


December 2016
  • December 6, 2016 — Mindfulness Session, Hopkins & Carley (Private Event)
  • December 7, 2016 — Mindfulness Session, Hopkins & Carley (Private Event)
  • December 19, 2016 — 30 Days of Mindfulness and Meditation (Online Event. Register)
November 2016
  • November 1, 2016 — Mindfulness Session, Hopkins & Carley (Private Event)
  • November 9, 2016 — Many Faces of Recovery, Minnesota, MN (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Minnesota CLE)
  • November 10, 2016 — The Achievable Work/Life Balance, 3M, Saint Paul, MN (Private Event)
  • November 15, 2016 — Using Design Thinking & Mindfulness to Navigate Career Transitions (Webinar)
October 2016
September 2016
  • September 2 – September 5, 2016 — Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, Naples, FL
  • September 6, 2016 — Mindfulness Session, Hopkins & Carley (Private Event)
  • September 7, 2016 — National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Book Club, Webinar (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST/ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST)
  • September 16, 2016 — Shape the Law Unconference, Chicago, IL
  • September 23, 2016 — Achieving Optimal Performance Through Mindfulness, Partnership Retreat, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Private Event)
  • September 30, 2016 – October 2, 2016 — California Women Trial Lawyers Retreat
August 2016

August 4, 2016 — ABA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
August 8, 2016 — BetterLawyering Through Mindfulness, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, San Diego, CA
August 9, 2016 — Mindfulness Session, Hokins & Carley (Private Event)
August 12-14, 2016 — Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Legal Conference — Building a Better Lawyer, Ottawa, Ontario
August 17, 2016 — Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, NAPABA


July 7, 2016 — Finding Happiness in Law Practice, IDEO, San Francisco, CA


June 1, 2016 — The Anxious Lawyer, Fastcase, Washington, D.C.
June 3, 2016 — Women’s Lawyer’s Retreat, Williams Mullen, Richmond, VA
June 27, 2016 — 10 Simple Ways of Starting a Meditation Practice, Webinar
June 29, 2016 — Better Lawyering Through Stress Reduction, U.S. Department of Labor, Denver, CO

May 2016

May 3, 2016 — Clio Webinar
May 4, 2016 — Florida Bar Association YLD Webinar
May 12, 2016 — Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, San Francisco, CA (Private Event)
May 13, 2016 — Morrison Foerster (Private Event)
May 18, 2016 — Florida Bar Association YLD Webinar
May 25, 2016 — East Bay Trusts And Estates Lawyers Seventh Annual Spring Symposium

April 2016

April 13-16, 2016, Work Your Resiliency Muscle! 10 Tips to Becoming More Resilient, 2016 Annual Education Conference, National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP), Boston, MA [Conference]

April 29, 2016, Shape the Law, Unconference

March 2016

3/5/2016, Emerging Women, Power Circle

3/30/2016, Managing Difficult Conversations with Clients, and Opposing Counsel (CLE), San Francisco, CA

February 2016

2/26/2016 – 2/28/2016, From Stress and Anxiety to Mindfulness: Wellness Retreat for Lawyers, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

January 2016

1/28/2016, Anxiety, Stress and Compassion Fatigue: Maintaining Mental and Physical Competence (CLE), Fiduciary Attorney Summit, Tahoe, CA

1/21/2016, Managing Stress and Anxiety Through Mindfulness, Webinar, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

1/12/2016 – 3/1/2016, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness (8-week course)

1/7/2016, 5 Practices for Radical Self-Care, Teleseminar


December 2015

12/3/2015, Emerging Women Power Circle, San Francisco, CA

November 2015

11/11/2015, Guest Lecturer, Samford Law School, Birmingham, AL

October 2015

10/19/2015, The Achievable Work/Life Balance, Keynote Speaker, Clio Cloud Conference, Chicago, IL

10/13/2015, Power, Conflict and Competition, University of San Francisco, School of Law

10/11/2015, Providing Effective Representation By Accurately Representing Yourself, Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective Retreat, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

10/6/2015, Healthy Women, Healthy Lawyers Workshop: Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA), New York, NY

10/2/2015, Effective Use of Blogging and Social Media for Lawyers, Above the Law Academy for Private Practice, New York, NY

September 2015

9/29/2015, 5 Practices for Radical Self-Care, Teleseminar

9/17/2015, Using Mindfulness for Recognizing Triggers and Working With Difficulties, Collaborative Practice Group of San Mateo County (CPSMC), San Mateo, CA

9/16/2015, Back to Business Conference: Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, Smokeball Webinar

August 2015

8/14/2015, Who And What Is The Mindful Lawyer, Canadian Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, Calgary, Canada

8/12/2015 – 9/23/2015, The Anxious Lawyer, 6-Week Course. Meet each Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM PST. (This is a teleseminar.)

July 2015

7/16/2015, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, Sponsored by Lane County Women Lawyers, Oregon Federal Bar Association, Oregon New Lawyers Division, Eugene, OR

7/1/2015, Mindfulness for Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress, Sponsored by Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado LAP, Denver, CO

June 2015

6/26/2015, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals (CLE approved), Drake Law School, Des Moines, IA

6/22/2015, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, Chicago Bar Association (CLE approved), Chicago, IL

May 2015

5/26/2015, Getting Your Head in the Game (SFTLA), San Francisco, CA

5/12/2015, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness (Webinar), Clio Legal

April 2015

4/26/2015, Using Mindfulness & Meditation to Increase Productivity, Concentration while Decreasing Stress and AnxietyNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), Chicago, IL

4/25/2015, Psychological Issues, (Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Suicide, Wellness), National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), Chicago, IL

March 2015

3/25/2015, Zen, The New You (Decreasing Stress and Anxiety Through Mindfulness), Sheppard Mullin, San Francisco, CA

3/10/2015, Lawyers, Get Your Mind Right, MSNBC, The Docket

February 2015

2/13/2015, How to Mindfully Work with Vexing People (CLE), San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA), Family Law Section

January 2015

1/29/2015, From Stress & Anxiety to Mindfulness – How to Increase Happiness in Law Practice (Webinar), MyCase

1/14/2015, Working with Anxiety, Stress & Compassion Fatigue through Mindfulness (CLE), Sidley Austin, AABA

1/13/2015, Prevention, Detection & Treatment of Substance Abuse (CLE), Alameda County Family Law Association (ACFLA)


12/18/2014, Using Meditation to Interrupt Addictive Behaviors (CLE), Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)

10/21/2014, 11/25/2014 Mindfulness for Kids and Parents (ages 2 – 5), Family Connections, Redwood City, CA

9/18/2014 – 11/13/2014 Career Transition: Finding Your Authentic Path (8-week course), San Francisco, CA

9/16/2014 CLE: Lawyer’s Antidote to Self-Destructive Habits: Avoiding Substance and Other Abuses (CLE), Contra Costa County Bar Association

9/11/2014 Self-Knowledge (Guest Lecturer), University of San Francisco, School of Law

9/8/2014 – 11/3/2014 The Anxious Lawyer: From Stress/Anxiety to Mindfulness (8-week course), San Francisco, CA

8/18/2014 – 12/1/2014  Ethics of Solo & Small Firm Practice (Fall Semester), Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco, School of Law

5/31/2014 CLE: Cultivating a Joyful Legal Career (CLE), Golden Gate University, School of Law

5/13/2014 – 6/24/2014 Mindfulness for Lawyers – Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Increase Resilience (6 week course), San Francisco, CA

5/12/2014 Meditation for Lawyers: Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Increase Resilience, Schiff Harden, Queen’s Bench, San Francisco, CA

4/14/2014 Opening and Running Solo Practice (CLE), Santa Clara University School of Law

3/28/2014 Reducing Stress, Increasing Happiness Through Mindfulness, Keynote Speaker,  BALRA Mini-Conference, University of San Francisco

3/21/2014 A Virtual Office, Keynote Speaker, NAPO-SFBA Small Business Summit, SPUR, San Francisco, CA

3/11/2014 What I Wish I learned in Law School Golden Gate University, School of Law

1/23/2014 – 3/13/2014 Mindfulness for Lawyers (8-week course), San Francisco, CA

1/13/2014 Bankruptcy and Debt Settlement for Student Loans (CLE), Bar Association of San Francisco


12/6/2013  Solo Law Practice Seminar (CLE), Santa Clara University School of Law

11/14/2013 Self-Compassion in Law (Guest Lecturer), University of San Francisco, School of Law

11/8/2013 Hanging Your Shingle (CLE), Bar Association of San Francisco

11/7/2013 Going Solo, (Guest Speaker) San Francisco Law School

5/14/2013 Bankruptcy vs. Offer in Compromise (CLE), Bar Association of San Francisco

5/9/2013 Lessons in Rainmaking, Association of Professional Women, Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney

3/25/2013 Going Solo Law Practice Management (CLE), Santa Clara University School of Law

1/30/2013 How to Live Debt, Free San Francisco Law Library


10/11/2012 Social Media, Blogging and Online Marketing for Law Firms, Legal Marketing Association (LMA)

7/19/2012 DIY websites and SEO, Attorney Action Club, San Francisco, CA

6/25/2012 Online Marketing for Lawyers, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

4/17/2012 Twitter for Lawyers (Tech Tuesday), Bar Association of San Francisco

2/21/2012 Blogging for Lawyers (Tech Tuesday), Bar Association of San Francisco

Training & Education

2/27/2015 – 3/1/2015 Wisdom 2.0

1/24/2015 – 1/25/2015 Women Leaders: Mastering Influence, Authenticity, and Power, Stanford University

1/14/2015 – 3/4/2015 Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), Stanford University (8-week course)

9/19/2014 – 9/21/2014 Mission Be: Mindful Educator Training, San Francisco, CA
Certification for Grade Pre-K – 12th

6/20/2014 – 6/22/2014 Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged Retreat Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

3/20/2014 – 5/29/2014 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA (Certified Program through Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School) (9-week course)

3/7/2014 – 3/9/2014 Discovering Your Path to Authentic Collaborative Relationship, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

1/15/ 2014 – 2/19/2014 Love Yourself for Everyone Else’s Sake, Mark Abramson, Stanford University

12/20/2013 – 12/22/2013 Moving Into Stillness: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

9/23/2013 – 11/11/2013 Compassion Cultivation Training Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)), Stanford University

9/24/2013 – 11/12/2013 Mindfulness Meditation Course, Mark Abramson, Stanford University (8-week course)

4/9/2013 – 5/28/2013 Mindfulness Meditation Course, Mark Abramson, Stanford University (8-week course)

1/6/2012 – 1/27/2012 Meditation Training, Rachel Lanzerotti , San Mateo, CA


12/27/2015 – 01/04/2016 New Year’s Silent Meditation Retreat with Mark Abramson, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

10/8/2015 – 10/11/2015 2015 Spirit Rock Lawyers Retreat Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective, Woodacre, CA

12/28/2014 – 01/02/2015 New Year’s Silent Meditation Retreat with Mark Abramson, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

12/19/2014 – 12/21/2014 The Gift of Touch, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

12/1/2014 – 12/6/2014 Insight Meditation Retreat- Insight Santa Cruz (ISC) with Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman and Karen Zelin, Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, CA

3/13/2014- 3/20/2014 Insight Retreat with Andrea Fella Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, CA

1/11/2014 Art of Compassion Half Moon Bay, CA

10/30/2013 – 11/2/2013 Attorney Meditation Retreat, Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law, Spirit Rock

10/5/2013 Coming Down to Earth: A Day of Zen Practice for Women Green Gulch

5/25/2013 Coming Down to Earth: A Day of Zen Practice for Women Green Gulch

4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012 Happiness Retreat, Stillheart

List of Interviews, Writings & Publications

8/20/2014 Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers, Attorney at Work

10/16/2014 Sex & Money: Why Compassion Matters for Lawyers, Ms. JD

10/15/2014 Interview: EL039: Advocating Mindfulness in Law Practice: How to reduce Stress and Anxiety, with Jeena Cho, Enchanting Lawyer

12/1/2014 Interview: Anxious Lawyer ,The Artrepreneur Now

9/23/2014 Interview: How I Meditate: Jeena Cho,Lift

9/11/2014 Sex & Money: Lead with Kindness, Ms. JD

8/12/2014 Interview: Moonlighting: Mindfulness For Lawyers And The Jedi Master, Above the Law

8/3/2014 Sex & Money: What I Wish I Knew in My 20’s,Ms. JD

7/29/2014 Understanding and Working with Anxiety, Lawyerist

6/2/2014 Sex & Money: On Motherhood – for Those Who are Unsure, Ms. JD

5/26/2014 Fashionable, Professional Bags for Women Lawyers, Lawyerist

4/23/2014 Interview: JDB 053: The Mindful Lawyer (or how to avoid stress and not hate being a lawyer) – Interview with Jeena Cho, JD Blogger

4/21/2014 Sex & Money: Going Back to School from Full Time Employment, Ms. JD

4/1/2014 Sex & Money: Fail, Fail, Fail. Rinse and Repeat, Ms. JD

3/31/2014 10 Tips to Help You Decide What Type of Law to Practice, The Girl’s Guide to Law School

3/3/2014 How to Increase Focus and Productivity with Mindfulness, Lawyerist

3/2/2014 Sex & Money: Getting to Zero – Fighting Student Loan Debt, Ms. JD

2/11/2014 The Art of the Hustle, The Girl’s Guide toLaw School

1/31/2014 Sex & Money: What I Wish I had Learned About Money at 17, Ms. JD

1/26/2014 Sex & Money: Adding Pleasure to Your Life, Ms. JD

12/20/2013 The Journey to Getting out of Student Loan Debt, Legal by the Bay (BASF)

11/26/2013 5 Tips for Navigating Conferences for the Introverted LawyerLegal by the Bay (BASF)

11/21/2013 How to Cope With a Difficult Courtroom Experience, Legal by the Bay (BASF)

11/19/2013 The Day I Failed the New York Bar ExamBar Exam Toolbox

9/19/2013 How Do I Keep From Declaring Bankruptcy After Law School?The Girl’s Guide to Law School

6/24/2013 Interview: Jeena Cho on Zen LawyeringLawyerist

6/13/2013 JDB 027: How’d They Do That? – Interview with Jeena Cho and Jeff Curl of the JC Law GroupJD Blogger