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Scott Kilpatrick

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Areas of Practice

  • Bequest Management
  • Health Insurance
  • Individual Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Life Insurance

J. Scott Kilpatrick

Scott is a founding partner of CCK.  He managed the firm for years, and now focuses his professional time on policies and practices to maximize the firm’s impact for clients, as well as disabled individuals and supporting organizations nationwide.  He is particularly involved with the firm’s growing Bequest Management practice, representing charities to maximize and accelerate payment of donor’s bequests.

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 joined Morrison Mahoney & Miller, a large New England insurance litigation firm, where he litigated insurance coverage cases leaving in 1998, to join our other founding partner, Robert Chisholm.  They founded Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick. At CCK Scott has litigated a wide variety of cases, including probate, shareholder disputes, employment actions, trade secrets, discrimination, harassment cases, ERISA and other insurance related cases, catastrophic injury, and product liability, as well as arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Scott is a member of the Federal Bar Association where he is a past President of the Rhode Island Chapter, as well as the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He 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 five 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 served for seven (7) years 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)