Contact UsHome  
  Kilpatrick & Associates  
  About the FirmAttorneysAssociations and Memberships  

Residential Mortgage Financing
commercial loan financing
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Group

American Bankruptcy Institute

Richardo I. Kilpatrick - President


Richardo I. Kilpatrick has concentrated his practice in the area of bankruptcy for over 30 years, first as a member of Shermeta, Chimko & Kilpatrick, P.C., and since 2000, as the founding member and President of Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C. Since founding his Firm, Mr. Kilpatrick has had innumerable opportunities to contribute to the bankruptcy community. These opportunities include participating extensively in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), including being its President from April 2001 to April 2002; being inducted as a fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy (ACB); and being invited to join the National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC), where he advises members of Congress on important and key bankruptcy legislative points.

Mr. Kilpatrick is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, where he works to directly craft, tweak, update, and change bankruptcy rules in an ongoing effort to improve the practice of bankruptcy for all involved. Mr. Kilpatrick’s extensive involvement with the bankruptcy community has enabled him to provide expert guidance to numerous clients in all areas and types of insolvency matters and creditors’ rights including Corporate, Consumer and Commercial Litigation, Real Property Remedies for Creditors, Real Property Transactions, and General Corporate Counseling.

Mr. Kilpatrick also works as a consultant to numerous companies assuring that they are compliant in their bankruptcy practices by offering his insight and expertise on how they may structure and strengthen their bankruptcy practices in a sound, ethical, and legal way.


  • Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C., President (January 2000 – Present)

  • Shermeta, Chimko & Kilpatrick, P.C., Partner (1987 – 1999)

  • Shermeta, Tardie, Chimko & Hocking, P.C., Associate (1984 – 1986)


  • University of Michigan Law School - Juris Doctor

  • Harvard University - Bachelor of Arts, Economics


  • State Bar of Michigan, 1983

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1983

  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1984

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1988

  • United States Supreme Court, 1997

Bankruptcy Organizations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) - President of the American Bankruptcy Institute from April 2001 to April 2002. Other committees and/or prior positions held at the ABI include Vice-President of Membership Relations, Board of Directors, Executive and Management Committees, Bankruptcy Reorganization Committee, Board Bylaws Committee, Research and Education Committee, Vice-Chair, Membership Committee, and Contributing Editor of the ABI Journal “Toxins-Are-Us”.
    Currently, Mr. Kilpatrick serves as a Commissioner on the ABI Consumer Bankruptcy Commission.

  • American College of Bankruptcy–Inducted as a Fellow, 1999 to Present

  • National Bankruptcy Conference - Conferee , 2011 to Present

  • Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules – Member, 2011 to Present

  • Norton Litigation Institute - 1992 to Present

  • Contributing Editor for Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice Treatise

  • St. John’s University Law School–Board of Advisors & Adjunct Professor, Current

  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute--Current

Other Affiliations / Memberships

  • The American Bar Association, Litigation Committee and Business Law Committee

  • Federal Bar Association

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Ethics Committee

  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Bankruptcy Arbitration and Mediation Services, Board of Directors

  • Trustees' Education Network, Board Member

  • Harvard Alumni Association

Mr. Kilpatrick also regularly presents as a speaker / panelist at numerous bankruptcy conferences, including most recently at the:

  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute (ACBPI) - 2016

  • Norton Litigation Institute - 2016

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) - 2016

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Workshop - 2016

  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) - 2017



Richardo Kilpatrick

No Legal Advice: The materials on the Site are general in nature and are intended only as background materials for informational purposes. They do not constitute legal advice. They may not apply to your specific situation or may be incomplete. Although we may update certain information on the Site, some of the information may be outdated. You should not act or rely on any information on the Site. You are not authorized to treat the Site as a source of legal advice. Before acting or delaying action, you should first seek the advice of an attorney qualified in the applicable subject matter and jurisdiction.


Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C.
903 North Opdyke, Suite C
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

615 Griswold, Suite 1305
Detroit, Michigan 48226

fax 248-377-0800