About Our Founder
Gail Bennett is a Seattle lawyer who has worked in both large law firms and corporate legal departments. She has extensive experience working with software companies. Currently, her firm, Gail M Bennett Legal, PLLC provides legal counsel to startups and scalability to overworked legal departments in the technology sector. For more about her practice go to www.gailmbennettlegal.com
Gail has always been passionate about health and wellness from a holistic perspective. She is an ardent believer in the importance of nutrition, exercise, and various mindful practices in helping to reduce stress and improve overall wellness. Gail started The Vital Lawyer to bring continuing legal education, information, ideas, and opportunities about health and wellness to lawyers to help them deal with the special challenges they face and to live better lives, both personally and professionally.
In her leisure time, Gail likes to spend time with family and friends, golf, and hike with the dog.
About Denise Allan
Denise is a Certified Professional Organizer who started her business, Simplify Experts, in 2007 to help clients achieve balance and control in their homes, family and lives. She regularly works with corporate professionals and lawyers to help them de-clutter, organize and live a higher quality of life. For more information about Denise go to www.simplifyexperts.com
Denise is a graduate of the University of Washington. She has specialist credentials in Attention Deficit Disorder through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and is the only certified Chronic Disorganization Specialist (CPO-CD) in the Pacific Northwest.
Denise enjoys volunteering and adventures in nature with her family.
About Luci Gabel
Luci Gabel is a leadership optimal performance coach and strategist. She works with groups and individuals on cultivating the attributes of extraordinary leaders; developing the critical skill sets required to become someone who has the energy, stamina and ability to innovate, motivate and inspire others, and produce results.
After over 20 years of experience and training in both leadership and health, she’s worked with hundreds of people. As a former triathlon competitor, personal trainer, and exercise class instructor, she’s uncovered the secrets to being a successful leader while maintaining the habits that lead to exceptional mental and physical health and a complete and satisfying life. That’s specifically what she’ll help you to have.
Luci holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University; a Master's in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on Genetics from the University of Maryland College Park; an undergraduate equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Maryland College Park; and a Bachelor's Degree in Physical and Psychological Health from Binghamton University. Luci is an adjunct professor at George Washington School of Medicine department of Clinical Research and Leadership. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
About Zac Vehrs
While working as a personal trainer in a physical therapy clinic, Zac trained people who were recovering from injuries and pain. He saw that after they finished their physical therapy, most still had severe physical limitations and pain. When he learned about The Egoscue Method, Zac realized it was what these people needed; a holistic approach to fixing the root cause of their pain. He became certified through the Egoscue Institute as a Postural Alignment Specialist and gained experience working at the Egoscue clinic in Portland, Oregon. Zac has been the owner of the Egoscue clinic in Seattle since 2016 and he loves helping others overcome their physical limitations and live pain-free lives.
In his free time Zac enjoys hiking, pickleball, working on his car, and spending time with his two young daughters.
Find more of Zac's work here: https://www.egoscue.com/find-therapy/egoscue-seattle
About Nancy Stohlman
Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction for nearly 15 years. Her latest book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, was a 2021 Reader Views Gold Award winner and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. Her other books include flash fiction collections and flash novels such as Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, The Monster Opera, and The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories. Her fiction has been anthologized widely, appearing in the W.W. Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, Macmillan’s The Practice of Fiction, and The Best Small Fictions 2019, as well adapted for both the stage and screen. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the world.
Find out more at www.nancystohlman.com
About Jeena Cho
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). She started her career as an assistant state attorney and practiced bankruptcy law for over 15 years before becoming a mindfulness consultant.
She writes the monthly On Well-Being column for the ABA Journal where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace. She regularly speaks and offers training on lawyer well-being, productivity,
stress and anxiety, and management, meditation.
Find The Anxious Lawyer here: https://jeenacho.com/the-anxious-lawyer-book/
About Christine Alexander
Christine Alexander harnessed the power of laughter with over 20 years of professional stage improv, corporate team building, and wellness programs. She delivers her proven improv-based training to companies and individuals around the world. For businesses, she provides a morale boost to the staff while reinforcing the positive benefits of communication and teamwork & for individuals looking for a confidence boost or for professional development techniques such as active listening and better communication. She is the definition of a laughing coach.
Here at The Vital Lawyer, Christine hosts some of our 10@10 events along with larger events in which she teaches about ways to incorporate improv into our daily lives while showing us you can be smiling and laughing throughout it all.
About Jamie Spannhake
Jamie Jackson Spannhake is a writer, certified coach for lawyers, and speaker. She helps busy lawyers find time for what matters most to them without feeling overwhelmed. She is author of the book The Lawyer, the Lion, & the Laundry: Three Hours to Finding Your Calm in the Chaos.
She regularly presents CLE and other programming for firms and organizations. She spent nearly 20 years practicing law in New York and Connecticut. First in BigLaw, then as a solo, and ultimately as a partner in a small firm.
"I am a work in progress, but there is one thing I know for sure. When I incorporate health, wellness, family, and friends into my life, I am happier. When I am happier, I serve my clients better." - Gail Bennett