Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, is the Founder of Mindful Return, a blog and cohort-based 4-week online course, that helps new mothers navigate the transtition back to work after maternity leave. She is also the author of the book Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave (released April 2017) and is a Partner in the Health Care Group at Dentons, US LLP, an international law firm. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two little redheaded boys.
Read the Washington Post's feature on Lori and her Mindful Return program here.
Called a “working mama guru” by Working Mother Magazine, Lori has been committed to promoting women’s equality and leadership throughout her career. In 2014, she founded both the Returning to Work Community (RWC) for mothers at Association of American Medical Colleges who return to work from maternity leave and a D.C. Health Policy Lean in Circle. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she wrote her thesis on immigrant women in France who were victims of domestic violence. At Georgetown Law, she was the co-President of the Women’s Legal Alliance and represented clients through the Domestic Violence Clinic. In private practice, she was a member of her firm’s Women’s Initiative and a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
At Dentons, Lori advises health care clients on issues relating to graduate medical education reimbursement, hospital price transparency, and inpatient and outpatient hospital payment policies. She is also the Chair of her firm’s Flexibility and Parental Leave Task Force. Prior to joining Dentons, Lori worked as the Director of Graduate Medical Education and Hospital Payment Policies at the AAMC, and as a healthcare attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP and King & Spalding, LLP.
Lori holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (check out the Georgetown Alumni Career Spotlight on Lori here) and completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before beginning her health law career, she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in France, studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, and she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Neal E. Kravitz of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Lori loves tickling her cuddly boys, reading them The Book With No Pictures thousands of times, sharing parenting adventures with her amazing husband, building supportive communities, and practicing yoga.