Domenic Cervoni | From Tragedy to Triumph: Improving Mental Health and Well-Being in the Legal Profession

Domenic-CervoniDomenic Cervoni is the Vice President of Legal and Senior Legal Counsel for HSBC, where he handles litigation and regulatory enforcement for the company’s global banking and markets business.

Domenic has also developed a passion for employee health and well-being, with a particular focus on matters of mental health in the legal industry. This deep interest led him to pen his first book, From Tragedy to Triumph, and he is donating 100% of the proceeds to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • How Domenic Cervoni’s legal career landed him at HSBC
  • The differences between working as an external lawyer versus as an in-house lawyer
  • The diagnosis that uncovered Domenic’s passion for changing the approach to health in the legal community
  • Domenic shares his inspiration for writing his book, From Tragedy to Triumph
  • Why the legal industry does a worse job at handling health issues than other sectors
  • The power of vulnerability when addressing employee well-being
  • Domenic talks about one of his past PLI seminars, “Why Healthy Lawyers Are Good For Business”
  • How legal organizations can start to promote health and well-being at the macro and micro levels

In this episode…

What does it take to be a better lawyer? Do you have to know the ins and outs of every case at your firm? Should you focus on making partner, no matter how many late nights it requires? Do you have to subtract vacations out of the equation to make it to the top?

According to Domenic Cervoni, the key to success is, instead, focusing on your mental health. A public speaker and Vice President of Legal at HSBC, Domenic believes that prioritizing your well-being is exactly what will make you a better lawyer and, ultimately, the best version of yourself.

Join us on this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge as Elise Holtzman sits down with Domenic Cervoni, the Vice President of Legal and Senior Legal Counsel at HSBC. Domenic talks about his passion for focusing on your mental well-being, why the legal industry isn’t the best at handling health issues, and how firms and other organizations can start to shift toward a culture with less burnout and higher retention. Stay tuned.

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