Media Advisory: American Heart Association to host mental well-being and cardiovascular health event for Boston legal community

BOSTON — The American Heart Association invites the Boston legal community to join the Lawyers Have Heart campaign for an insightful event addressing mental health challenges within the legal profession. Expert speakers Daniel Lukasik and Dr. George Philippides will delve into the crucial link between mental well-being and cardiovascular health, offering valuable insights and strategies for preventing heart disease.

The event aims to foster a healthier, more resilient legal community by promoting awareness and open discussions surrounding health in the legal profession. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with industry experts, participate in meaningful dialogue, and gain knowledge on maintaining overall well-being. A continental breakfast will be provided.

  • DATE: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
  • TIME: Meet and Greet: 8:15 – 9 a.m.; Speaking Program: 9 – 10:15 a.m.
  • LOCATION: In-person and virtual
  • ADDRESS: Suffolk University Law School, George N. Keches Room, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
  • REGISTRATION: Register in advance for this free event here. Virtual attendance link will be provided to registrants. In-person invitations will be extended via email based on room capacity.

Daniel Lukasik: Following his diagnosis of major depression and anxiety 20 years ago when the managing partner at his law firm, Daniel created a weekly lawyer support group in his community for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, burnout and chronic stress. He also created the website to help lawyers, law students and judges cope with and heal from mental health problems. Daniel has given over 200 presentations around the country on stress, anxiety and depression for law firms. His work has been featured in multiple national publications.

In addition to his public speaking work, Daniel is the judicial wellness coordinator for the New York State Office of Court Administration and adjunct professor of law at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Dr. George Philippides: Dr. Philippides is the chief of the Division of Cardiology and medical director of the Elfers Cardiovascular Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he has worked since 2014. From 1997 to 2008, Dr. Philippides served as the Director of the Boston Medical Center Coronary Care Unit. He is a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association and serves on the Association’s Board of Directors in the Eastern States region.

The American Heart Association’s Lawyers Have Heart campaign unites runners and walkers to raise awareness of cardiovascular health, particularly among the legal community. The campaign culminates with the Lawyers Have Heart 5K in the Boston Seaport in June. Visit to learn more.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 – our Centennial year – we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact, our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere.

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