Gary Kissiah has practiced business and corporate law for over twenty years. He was a Senior Attorney with Microsoft and served on its Ethics Committee. He led many international transactions and negotiated software licenses, and product development, investment, strategic alliance and intellectual property agreements. He was also a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which is a large international law firm. He practiced in its corporate, securities and technology practice groups. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
He taught a series of five national Webinars on yoga law through Yoga Alliance, gave two presentations at the Yoga Alliance Business of Yoga Conference in Washington in August 2013, and will be speaking at the Conference in 2015. Additionally, he has spoken at the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco, Wanderlust-Squaw Valley, the Santa Fe Yoga Festival and at the Texas Yoga Conference.
He has written three books on yoga law: one for yoga teachers and one for studios. The third covers the law of independent contractors and employees.
He is a yoga teacher (RYT 200) and has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is on the faculty of Breathe Yoga in Los Gatos, California and on the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute-San Francisco, as well as a Yoga Alliance Committee that is writing its new Code of Conduct.
He has published an innovative book entitled “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali-Illuminations Through Image Commentary and Design” and will release his new book—“Rumi Illuminated-Rumi Quotes Curated By The Twitter Community”—in October 2014.
He currently supports many yoga studios, teachers, and wellness businesses by providing either legal representation or business consulting services. Gary feels that his experience as a yoga teacher has given him a unique perspective in providing legal support or business consulting services to the community.