Paul Kilpatrick, Jr. 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, he began practicing law in 1964.
Kilpatrick served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict, from 1965-1968, leaving with the rank of Capt. JAG. Kilpatrick left active duty military service in 1968 to practice law in Columbus, Georgia.
Kilpatrick has served with 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 and the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.