Principal and Founder at Krill Strategies. Public Affairs & Policy Advisor to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Recognized globally as a leading authority on addiction and mental health issues in the legal profession, Patrick R. Krill is an attorney, licensed and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, author, advocate, and thought leader. His groundbreaking work in the area of attorney behavioral health includes initiating and serving as lead author of the first and only national study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, a joint undertaking of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Patrick's highly specialized background and unique breadth of knowledge relating to the substance use and mental health of lawyers make him a widely sought after expert and trusted resource for solving one of the legal profession's most difficult problems.
Patrick is the former director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Legal Professionals Program, a preeminent clinical treatment program for addicted attorneys, judges and law students. While leading that program, he counseled many hundreds of legal professionals from around the country who sought to better understand and overcome the unique challenges faced on a lawyer’s road to recovery. From young solo practitioners to equity partners in the largest global firms, law students to sitting judges, Patrick has successfully counseled patients from around the world and across all practice settings, offering distinctive guidance and uniquely qualified insights about achieving and maintaining recovery, health and wellness in the practice of law. Patrick continues to serve as Public Affairs and Policy Advisor to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Patrick has authored more than thirty articles related to addiction and other mental health concerns, including frequent contributions to CNN.com, the Huffington Post, and other national outlets. A regular source for print and broadcast media, he has been quoted in dozens of national and regional news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and countless legal industry trade publications and blogs. Patrick is also authoring a comprehensive guide to addiction and recovery in the legal profession, currently slated for publication in 2017.
In addition to his work with the legal profession, Patrick is also actively involved with bringing addiction and recovery expertise to the entertainment industry. Working closely with the Entertainment Industries Council, Patrick is a member of the Nomination Review Committee for the PRISM Awards, and served as a technical consultant for the entire first season of the ABC Family show Recovery Road, as well as the Lifetime Original Movie Perfect High.