J. Patrick Caldwell of Tupelo, MS, was elected to the WoodmenLife National Board of Directors, effective May 1, 2021. He comes from a multigenerational WoodmenLife family and is a long-standing member of Chapter 130 in Tupelo.
Caldwell earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi, where he also earned his undergraduate degree. He is a partner and president of the law firm Riley, Caldwell, Cork & Alvis, which has decades of experience representing businesses in various fields and provides financial services in a wide range of matters. He also is a past city prosecutor for Tupelo and past general counsel for a major regional financial institution on the New York Stock Exchange and its subsidiaries.
Caldwell was a charter member and served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s General Counsel’s Group. He also is an associate member of the Mississippi Bankers Association, where he is a two-time past chairman of its Bank Attorney’s Committee — service that included drafting legislation for the Mississippi State Legislature, which gained passage. In addition, Caldwell has been a frequent speaker and panelist at various industry, bar, banking, and trade group associations. He also was selected with a primary practice area of banking to Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Caldwell is active in his community, serving in a leadership role and as a board member with a local foundation in Tupelo and Lee County, the Tupelo/Lee Community Foundation, leading its unique fundraising annual campaign. The Foundation’s signature project is to fight food insecurity by being the genesis for the regional Hunger Coalition. Caldwell truly believes that banding together to fight food insecurity can make a difference.
He is a deacon, member of numerous committees and served as a youth Sunday school director for 35 years at Calvary Baptist Church. He also is a Charter Class graduate of Leadership Lee County. His volunteer activities, current and past, include being a multi-year team leader with the HillTOP Tupelo Outreach Project for home repair and past board member of the Gardner Simmons Home for Girls. Caldwell is a 40-year member and past president and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Tupelo.
He is married to his wife, Jennifer. In his spare time, Caldwell enjoys playing and watching golf, photography, hiking, and supporting Ole Miss sports.
WEB18 - 5/3/2021