Vice President for Advancement and General Counsel
Christian Care Communities
James Patton currently serves as chief legal officer and vice president of advancement for The Broadhurst Group in Louisville, KY overseeing senior care communities across Kentucky. He is both a legal and business executive in the senior living and long-term care communities. He has years of experience managing executive relationships and is recognized as an ethical team player delivering streamlined and cost-efficient legal solutions that foster organizational effectiveness, brand engagement, and revenue growth. His colleagues see him as a strategic legal and entrepreneurial thinker with proven ability to set a clear vision, build high performance teams, communicate with stakeholders, and transact business in cross-cultural settings.
He is an author, legal education speaker, and provides leadership to several nonprofits including Appleseed Network, ACC, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and others. He is the founder of National Community Service Day for ACC helping build corporate social responsibility programs. He also serves as an ambassador for ACC’s global wellness initiative. He is a youth mentor and advisor for the US Congressional Award Foundation and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Mr. Patton graduated with his LLM from the University of Miami. He holds a JD from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and a MDiv from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
National Legal Education Speaker, Professor, Executive Well-Being Advisor
Claudette Patton is a consummate networker and encourager now that she’s retired from the full-time practice of law. Founding ChildAdvocateLaw.com, she now draws upon her legal and education experience to help children gain access to justice, education, and benefits. Ms. Patton’s passion for mentoring and positioning others for success is evident by her recent completion of doctoral coursework in leadership and organizational effectiveness. Her focus is on the many aspects of workplace culture that improve engagement, foster well-being and avoid burnout, such as meaningful work, positive leadership, resiliency training and more.
She was a member of law review, The Journal of Family law, and editor of the Journal of Law and Education. As a former assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, law clerk for the US District Court Western Division, university professor, and successful litigator, she was moved by the ABA’s call to action to find solutions for colleagues seeking to recover from stress, burnout and substance abuse.
She is an author, national legal education speaker, motivational trainer, and board member for several nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization Foundation, and the Olive Branch Foundation. She is a youth advisor for the US Congressional Award Foundation, serves as a mentor for at-risk youth, and helps support cadets at the National Guard Challenge Academy.
Ms. Patton is a three-time graduate of the University of Louisville earning a BS, MEd, and JD.
Senior Legal Counsel
Jill is Senior Legal Counsel for GNF, a drug discovery research institute in La Jolla, California, part of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the global healthcare company. Jill’s practice has included contracts, compliance, and intellectual property, and she has broad experience in creating solutions and relationships for innovative industries including biotech and telecommunications. Jill has been serving on the ACC’s SoCal chapter Board since 2016 and is a co-creator and Co-Chair of the chapter's newly formed Attorney Well-Being Committee. [email protected]
General Counsel & Vice President
World & Brown Companies
Jeffrey is the General Counsel and Vice President for the Word & Brown Companies, a leading California provider in health insurance and benefits administration products. Jeff manages all legal matters for his organization’s corporate divisions, including complex contract negotiations, Intellectual Property, and mergers and acquisitions. He served on the Board of the ACC’s SoCal chapter from 2010 to 2016 and still remains active by participating on numerous committees and as a co-creator and Co-Chair of the chapter's newly formed Attorney Well-Being Committee. [email protected]