EP11: Legal Remedies to Mitigate Mental Health Crises with Lisa Cukier, JD

Updated: Jan 19


Episode 11 of the Mental Horizons Podcast is with Lisa Cukier, Partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston where Lisa is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. This show is part one of a 2-part podcast series. In part 1, Lisa talks to us about legal remedies in mental health crises and in part two, episode 12, Debra Rahmin Silberstein, also a partner at Burns & Levinson, talks about legal remedies in long term mental health planning.


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Lisa Cukier splits her practice between high conflict divorces and high profile trusts and estate litigation and is on the show today because she is well-known for her ability to handle the toughest of cases and is particularly skilled at handling sensitive matters where mental health is concerned.

Lisa’s practice also includes handling complex child custody, parentage issues, blended family issues, adoption, and guardianship and conservatorship. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. from Northeastern University and was a 2018 Women Worth Watching award recipient. The Women Worth Watching organization identifies, promotes and supports women in leadership and Lisa was nominated by her peers as an executive who embodies exceptional purpose and drive and represents diversity within her sphere of influence. Before going to law school and becoming an attorney, Lisa worked as a social worker.

Lisa is here today to talk to us about legal remedies that can help to mitigate mental health crises.

Three Main Talking Points

  1. The topic for this episode is focused on legal remedies that are available to mitigate mental health crises. Lisa starts off with a few stories or scenarios that describe the kinds of situations and individuals we will be focusing on.

  2. Secondly, Lisa and Virgil dive into the legal remedies or tools available to clients who are in the midst of a mental health crisis. They discuss in simple terms when these remedies can be brought into the conversation and how.

  3. And lastly, Lisa talks about how these legal remedies look in action: who is on the team and how do these roll out in real-time, in real life?

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