Krill Strategies was born out of the recognition that the legal profession needs help to improve attorney well-being. Faced with the enduring challenge of widespread and troubling levels of problematic substance use, depression and anxiety, the profession needs answers. Although lawyers are significantly more likely to struggle with those issues than the general population, expert resources specially tailored to the legal profession have been remarkably lacking.
Simply put, the scope of the problem has historically exceeded the depth of available solutions. Krill Strategies seeks to bridge that gap and to help transform the profession for a healthier, stronger, and more sustainable future.
By working in concert with various key stakeholders as appropriate—including law firms, bar associations, lawyer assistance programs, legal malpractice carriers, and others—Krill Strategies takes a systems approach to problem solving that demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the complex nature of behavioral health in the legal profession.
Our goal is simple: to reduce the incidence and impact of substance use disorders and mental health problems among lawyers and thereby improve the quality and performance of one of the world’s most important professions.
Our philosophy is straightforward: to deliver expert, trusted solutions while maintaining the highest levels of discretion, confidentiality and integrity.
Patrick R. Krill
Principal and Founder
Recognized globally as a leading authority on addiction, mental health, and well-being in the legal profession, Patrick R. Krill is an attorney, licensed and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, author, advocate, and thought leader. He serves as a trusted advisor to large and midsize law firms throughout North America and Europe, educating them about and helping them navigate addiction, mental health, and well-being issues on a daily basis.
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. His clients include many of the most prominent and widely-respected law firms in the world.
Patrick's 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 problems, a joint undertaking of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; creating the framework for the ABA Well-Being Pledge, an innovative campaign to improve the health and well-being of lawyers that was launched in September, 2018; partnering with American Lawyer Media to conduct the first-ever survey of AmLaw 200 firm leaders regarding their beliefs and attitudes related to addiction and mental health problems in the legal industry.
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 well-being in the practice of law.
Patrick has authored more than sixty articles related to addiction and mental health, including his regular advice column for Law.com, and frequent contributions to CNN.com and other national outlets. Also 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, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and countless legal industry trade publications and blogs. Patrick has been a guest on numerous national broadcasts, including multiple appearances on NPR and the Dr. Drew Podcast.
As a frequent speaker about addiction and its intersection with the law, Patrick has taught multiple graduate-level courses in addiction counseling, and has spoken, lectured, or conducted seminars for over one hundred and fifty organizations around the world, including law firms, professional and bar associations, law schools, and corporations.
Patrick serves on the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, and in October 2017, was honored with the Commission’s Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Lawyer Well-being. In 2017 he was also appointed to ABA President Hilarie Bass’s Working Group to Improve Lawyer Well-being, and is a member of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being, and co-author of its 2017 Report, The Path to Lawyer Well-being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. In November 2016, he was presented with the “LCL Founders Award for Service to the Profession” by Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
BA, Political Science and Government, American University
JD, Loyola Law School
LL.M., International Law, American University Washington College of Law
MA, Addiction Counseling, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Bar Admission: California
Bree Buchanan, JD, MSF
Bree Buchanan draws upon her extensive professional knowledge and experience to help legal employers excel in creating a culture of well-being. She is the founding co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and is a co-author of its groundbreaking 2017 report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Bree is chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, which works to ensure assistance is readily available for those in the legal community experiencing issues related to substance use or mental health issues. Prior to joining Krill Strategies, she was the Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, where she regularly worked with individual lawyers experiencing behavioral health issues, and with legal employers who were seeking resources and support for their staff. Her tenure with that program followed a two-decade legal career which included positions as a litigator, lobbyist and law professor. As Senior Advisor with Krill Strategies, Bree provides consultation on issues related to lawyer well-being and impairment for major legal employers.
Bree is a frequent speaker for national law-related organizations and global law firms on strategies for lawyer well-being and impairment. In 2018, she was awarded the “Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award” by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has shared her own story of recovery as a featured guest on podcasts in the United States and Canada, and her writing has appeared in Law Practice Today and Judicature. In 2018, she graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest with a Masters in Spiritual Formation, where she honed a deep interest in the intrinsic link between meaningful work and personal well-being, as well as in assisting individuals with vocational discernment. Bree tends to her own well-being by engaging in a regular meditation practice, cycling, rowing, and being willing to ask for help when she needs it.