Jen Cafferty Patton

Chief Talent Officer

Jen Cafferty Patton

Chief Talent Officer

Jen Patton is chief talent officer for Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is responsible for overseeing and leading the firm’s talent strategy for attorneys and business professionals, including recruitment, professional development, employee relations, benefits and compensation, coaching, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Jen came to Foley from Vinson & Elkins, where she most recently served as director of professional development. In that capacity, she directed all attorney development initiatives, including professional skills training, continuing legal education programming, on-demand learning, individual coaching, and all attorney onboarding, orientation and integration efforts.

She previously spent four years as that firm’s director of lateral recruitment, where she oversaw global lateral recruiting efforts.

Prior to that, Jen served two years as V&E’s director of alumni relations, where she developed the firm’s alumni relations program, created networking and business development opportunities for alumni, and oversaw the design, development and launch of an alumni website and other communications.

Jen is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and practiced with Baker Botts and the Supreme Court of Texas following graduation. She did her undergraduate work at Rice University, where she also played on the Division I varsity basketball team and served three years as captain. Before going to law school, she spent two years as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

12 January 2024 Foley Career Perspectives

Boston Litigation Partner Beth Boland Discusses Women in Leadership Roles

Foley’s clients entrust our firm to provide innovative legal solutions for their most challenging business problems. Doing this successfully requires the inclusion of people with different insights and experiences.
12 December 2023 Foley Career Perspectives

Speaker Series Examines Intersection of Mental Health and Performance

This month, Best Self – Foley’s firmwide wellness initiative – launched a three-part speaker series to explore the complicated ways that mental health drives performance and how it shows up in high-achieving work cultures.
31 August 2023 Foley Career Perspectives

International Women in Cyber Day: Spotlight on Foley’s Information Security Team

Each September 1, we observe International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD), a global movement to celebrate the achievements of women and bring awareness to the issues they face within the industry.
17 May 2023 Blogs

Foley 2022 Talent Year in Review

Other firms plan for attrition … at Foley, we plan for careers. We invite our people into a truly inclusive, values-based, performance culture grounded in a ONE TEAM mindset and fueled by active collaboration.
03 February 2023 Blogs

Paralegal Kerry Farrar Lives Foley’s Core Value of Citizenship

Kerry Farrar, a paralegal case lead in Foley’s San Diego office, was one of the recipients of the firm’s Lynford Lardner Community Service Awards presented in December 2022 to seven of our attorneys and business professionals.
18 October 2022 Blogs

Foley Partner Michael Okaty Talks Talent on X Factor Leadership Podcast

Foley & Lardner LLP Partner Michael Okaty was the featured guest on the October 14, 2022, episode of The X Factor: The Human Performance & Leadership Podcast with Dr. Stephen Long.