Podcast Episode 40: Jen Patton, Chief Legal Talent Officer

23 March 2021 Foley Career Perspectives Blog
Author(s): Alexis P. Robertson Jen Cafferty Patton

This episode of The Path & The Practice features a conversation with Jen Patton. Jen sits in Foley’s Houston office and is the firm’s Chief Legal Talent Officer. Jen reflects on growing up in Minnesota, outside of the Twin Cities, attending Rice University as a collegiate athlete, spending a few years in investment banking, and then attending The University of Texas School of Law. She discusses the years she spent as a litigation associate at a large law firm and the move she later made to the Supreme Court of Texas, first working as a staff attorney and later as the court’s general counsel. Jen also shares how her GC role planted the seeds for her transition to attorney talent management and discusses her position as Foley’s Chief Legal Talent Officer. Finally, Jen provides fantastic advice about the importance of following your own path, while remaining open to new opportunities. Listen to the full discussion below.  

Jen's Profile: 

  • Title:  Chief Legal Talent Officer
  • Foley Office:  Houston
  • Hometown:  Arden Hills, MN
  • College:  Rice University 
  • Law School:  The University of Texas School of Law


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Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion