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James Richard Patton

James Richard Patton, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia Bar 1951, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963. Fellow University of North Carolina Wilson Library, since 1996.


  • Patton, James Richard was born on October 27, 1928 in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Son of James Ralph and Bertha (Moye) Patton.

  • Education

    • AB cum laude, University North Carolina, 1948. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1948. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1951.


    • Attache of Embassy; special assistant to American ambassador to, Indochina, 1952-1954. With Office National Estimates, Washington, 1954-1955. Attorney Covington & Burling, 1956-1961.

      Founding partner, chairman executive committee Patton Boggs, LLP, since 1962. Lecturer international law Cornell Law School, 1963-1964, United States Army Command and General Staff College, 1967-1968. Member National Security Forum, United States Air War College, 1965, National Strategy Seminar, United States Army War College, 1967-1970, Global Strategy Discussions, United States Naval War College, 1968, Defense Orientation Conference, 1972.

      Member Committee of 100 on Federal City, Washington. Member advisory council on national security and international affairs National Republican Committee, 1977-1981. Board directors Security National Bank (Washington), Signet, N.A., Madeira School, Greenway, Virginia, 1975-1981, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, Legal Aid Society Washington.

      Member Industry Policy Advisory Committee for Trade Policy Matters, 1984-1987. Member national advisory board Ackland Art Museum University North Carolina, since 1987. Chairman executive committee Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 2002-2005.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia Bar 1951, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963.


    Advisory council member Johns Hopkins University School Advanced International Studies, 1989-1992. National board directors Aspen Museum, 1987-1990. National council member Whitney Museum, since 1992.

    Board directors, executive committee National Museum Natural History, Smithsonian, since 1992. Board directors Smithsonian National Board, 1999-2002. Trustee Aspen Music Festival and School, 1993-2003.

    Chairman Arizona astronomy Board University Arizona, since 2003, mdm. dean's board College of Science, since 2004. Chairman Patton Boggs Foundation, since 2000. Member American Bar Association (past committee chairman), Inter-American Bar Association (past delegate), International Law Association (past committee chairman), American Society International Law (treasurer, executive council), Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, National Gallery (collectors committee 1988-1991), Gerrard Society, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta.


    • Married Mary Margot Maughan, December 29, 1950. Children: James Macon, Lindsay Fairfield.
    • father: James Ralph Patton
    • mother: Bertha (Moye) Patton
    • spouse: Mary Margot Maughan
    • children: James Macon Patton
    • Lindsay Fairfield Patton
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