9.0Paul L. Kirkpatrick


Paul is a founding member of Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S. with over 35 years of litigation experience.  Paul has represented clients in Washington, Idaho, and Montana in litigation matters related to personal injury, product liability, employment law, insurance law, veterinary law, and insurance defense litigation. Paul has also represented municipalities on cases involving alleged civil rights violations, road design issues, police and jail procedures, inverse condemnation claims and employment disputes. In addition to his legal practice, Paul has been a successful mediator for over 10 years. He has mediated a wide variety of cases including cases involving personal injury, business disputes, employment disputes and product liability claims.


  • Montana State University, 1982
  • Gonzaga University School of Law,1986
  • University of Washington School of Law, 2005 – mediator certification
  • University of Idaho College of Law, 2005 – Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, 2006 – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Montana State Bar Association, inactive
  • United States District Court for the District of Idaho
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Idaho

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Montana State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Board Member – Trustee
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Washington

Representative Cases

  • Summary judgment dismissal of college fraternities (two separate cases) regarding issue of liability for brain injuries from accidents on fraternity premises
  • Summary judgment dismissal of a county for allegation of improper advice/supervision of crop dusting operations
  • Defense verdict in a veterinarian malpractice case regarding allegation of improper administration of medication to a horse
  • Defense verdict in veterinarian malpractice case regarding allegation of improper pregnancy check of horse resulting in death of horse
  • Summary judgment protecting personal assets of client in a case regarding motor vehicle accident alleging brain injury
  • Successful resolution of cases involving clients with severe back injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

Events & Publications

  • Speaker at Washington Counties Risk Pool Annual Convention, 2018
  • Guest lecturer at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine