Paul Kilpatrick was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Georgia with an A.B. in 1963 and a J.D. in 1965. Following his successful completion of the Georgia Bar while a student, he began practicing law in 1964.
Mr. Kilpatrick served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict, from 1965-1968, leaving with the rank of Capt. JAG. From 1968, when he left active duty military service, he has practiced law in Columbus, Georgia.
Mr. Kilpatrick is a member of several associations, including the Columbus Bar(President, 1975-1976), Russell County, State Bar of Georgia (Member, Board of Governors, 1975-1991; Member, Executive Committee, 1989-1994; President-Elect, 1990-1991; President, 1992-1993; Immediate past President, 1993-1994; Chairman, Family Law Section, 1980-1981; Member, Board of Bar Examiners, 2000-2006), Chair of the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Legal Education, The Florida Bar, Alabama State Bar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.