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What Is A Holistic Lawyer?

In an industry as shrouded in mystery and misinformation as the legal industry, most anything out of the ordinary is met with a fair amount of skepticism.  The public is confused enough when trying to define a “lawyer” versus  “attorney” or “esquire.”  When I introduce the concept of “holistic lawyer” to people, usually it is the first time they have come across the term, and usually they have little idea of what I mean.

What is a holistic lawyer?  A Google search for the definition of “holistic” produces the following:

characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

When applying this definition, a “holistic lawyer” is an attorney who believes that a particular situation or “legal problem” cannot be adequately understood and addressed in the absence of a thorough understanding of the individual and the component parts of his or her life that may have contributed to current difficulties, or that may be affected by the ways in which the particular situation is addressed moving forward.

The holistic approach to legal situations, which strives to consider the broad universe of a client’s life, is fundamentally different from the traditional approach to law practice.  The traditional approach primarily seeks to identify objective facts that may give rise to a proscribed cause of action or a defense to a claim being asserted against the individual.  The attorney’s focus on these objective facts most often excludes more subjective experiential realities of a client’s life.

Because of the narrow focus of traditional law practice, solutions stemming from this orientation usually come up short in improving a client’s life in truly meaningful, long-lasting ways.  Though this approach may result in some monetary compensation, fleeting sense of vindication, etc., it is rare that such an approach produces long-term, lasting improvement in a client’s life situation.  By overlooking or ignoring the more broad context of the client’s life, the same dynamics that may have conspired to bring about his or her legal difficulties are likely to resurface in the future and produce similar recurring difficulties.

To learn more about holistic law practice, contact Holistic Lawyer Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit

By Michael Lubofsky

Holistic Philosophy Law Practice Mindfulness Random Thoughts

Mindfulness, Compassion, and Legal Challenges

Having lived in an area of Oakland, California for nearly ten years that is plagued with homelessness, graffiti, illegal dumping, and other manifestations of urban malaise, my ability to accept situations around me and embrace all others with compassion is challenged on a daily basis. So much of the behavior on the streets surrounding our building falls short of a standard of acceptability according to which I have lived most of my life. These are deeply held notions that continue to trigger judgements of what is “right” and what is “wrong.”

Much of the behavior that fails to square with my template of “acceptable” behavior also happens to be illegal. What is most difficult to accept is that while we have enacted laws to address such behaviors, and law enforcement personnel to enforce these laws, the law enforcement is simply lacking in this part of the city. For this reason, the limits of my ability to accept these situations around me are constantly tested.

Similar challenges confront individuals embroiled in litigation whether involving divorce or some other event or events challenging one’s beliefs as to “right” and “wrong.” What mindfulness does, at its core, is to facilitate the dis-identification from conditioned, egoic notions of “who I am” and embrace a felt connection with all of life. When one is able to become grounded in present-moment experience, there is a felt connection with all others. This is where true compassion arises. It is this true compassion that can heal even the most deeply rooted tensions, even within urban life.

By working with clients towards this end in the context of legal challenges, optimal solutions can be identified that may resolve these problems in a way simply not possible with traditional law practice. For a free consultation to learn more about mindfulness in law practice, call Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit