Krill Strategies was born out of the recognition that the legal profession needs help. 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 disoders 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 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 well-being in the practice of law.
Patrick has authored more than fifty articles related to addiction and mental health, including his biweekly advice column for Law.com, and 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, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and countless legal industry trade publications and blogs.
As a frequent speaker on the subject of 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 more than one hundred organizations throughout the United States, including professional and bar associations, law firms, 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 Wellbeing. In 2017 he was also appointed to ABA President Hilarie Bass’s Working Group to Improve Lawyer Wellbeing, and is a member of the National Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing. In November 2016, he was presented with the “LCL Founders Award for Service to the Profession” by Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
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.
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