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Scott Kilpatrick

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Areas of Practice

  • Bequest Management
  • Business Disputes
  • Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Civil Litigation and Trial
  • ERISA Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Life Insurance
  • Private Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Wills and Trusts Disputes

J. Scott Kilpatrick

Scott is the firm’s managing partner, and is actively engaged in all aspects of the firm, especially the firm’s Bequest Management practice, to which he devotes particular time and attention.

After graduating from Emory University in 1985, Scott attended St. John’s University School of Law, graduating in 1988. Scott began his career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, where he spent four years investigating and trying felony criminal cases. In 1992, he became an associate attorney at Morrison & Mahoney & Miller, a large New England insurance litigation firm, where he litigated negligence and insurance coverages cases leaving in 1998, to join our other Founding Partner, Robert Chisholm, and founding Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick in January, 1999.

Mr. Kilpatrick is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations and sits on the Rhode Island Federal Bench/Bar Committee. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, of which he is a past President of the Rhode Island Chapter. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Rhode Island Association for Justice, where he serves on the Board of Governors. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and has been a featured speaker for the National Business Institute, the Rhode Island Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association on issues such as Trial Evidence in Federal and State Courts, Trial Practice, and ERISA Insurance Litigation. He is a contributing author to the last four editions of the American Bar Association’s book ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits. He is a member of the Roger Williams University School of Law Board of Directors, and serves on the Board’s Governance Committee. He also serves on the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and sits on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.

In his free time, Mr. Kilpatrick enjoys the outdoors, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his wife and three adult children.


  • State of Rhode Island
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Representative Cases

  • Troiano v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 844 F.3d 35 (1st Cir. 2016)
  • Chisholm v. McDonald, 28 Vet. App. 240 (2016)
  • Gazaille v. McDonald, 27 Vet. App. 205 (2014)
  • Slusarski v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, 632 F. Supp. 159 (D.R.I. 2009)
  • Smith v. Jefferson Pilot Financial Inc. Co., 607 F. Spp. 266 (D.Mass. 2009)
  • Smith v. Jefferson Pilot Financial Ins. Co., 245 F.R.D. 45 (D.Mass. 2007)
  • Kuhl v. Town of Westerly, 706 A.2d 1328 (R.I. 1998)
  • Campbell v. Norfolk & Dedham Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 682 A.2d 9339 (R.I. 1996)
  • Burke v. Rhode Island College, 671 A.2d 803 (R.I. 1996)
  • State v. Smith, 602 A.2d 931 (R.I. 1992)
  • State v. Porto, 591 A.2d 791 (R.I. 1991)
  • State v. Turner, 561 A.2d 869 (R.I. 1989)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (2018 - present)