J. Scott Kilpatrick

Scott is a Founding Partner of CCK. His legal practice focuses on civil litigation, with emphasis on insurance disputes, including long term disability (ERISA and non-ERISA), life insurance, and insurance covering serious accidents and wrongful death. His team handles business and insurance disputes.

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Mr. Kilpatrick graduated from Emory University in 1985 and then graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1988.  After law school, Scott worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General.  He then went on to work at Morrison & Mahoney & Miller, until he and Robert founded Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick.

Mr. Kilpatrick has been a trial attorney since 1988. He has tried more than 35 trials to a jury, and many more before judges, arbitrators, and mediators.  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 also 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.  Mr. Kilpatrick is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and has been a featured speaker for the National Business Institute and the Rhode Island 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 three editions of the American Bar Association’s book ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits. He also serves on the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and sits of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation and Trials
  • ERISA Long Term Disability
  • ERISA Life insurance
  • Private Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Construction Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Disputes
  • Contract Litigation


  • State of Rhode Island, 1988
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 1999

Representative Cases

  • 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)

Oral Arguments

    Gazaille v. McDonald

      Chisholm v. McDonald