Judge Paige Kilbane

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Candidate Background

Judicial experience


Retired or Appointed Elsewhere


Expected Retirement

2023 - present

Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis.

2021 - 2022

Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis.*

2018 - 2020

County Judge, Palm Beach County. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott.*

* Appointed instead of running for election because of a vacancy between election cycles.

legal experience

Before she became a judge, Kilbane had about 10 years of experience as an attorney. In that time, she argued 13 jury trials, 3 non-jury trials, and 1 appellate case to completion, including state and federal courts. For the first 2 years, she was a prosecutor handling misdemeanor and felony cases. After that, she represented business owners, high net worth individuals, local elected officials and municipalities. She specialized in civil law, focusing on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. She then shifted her focus to insurance defense working for Allstate, representing the company and those insured by Allstate.

Before that, she clerked for 2 summers at Jones & Foster law firm and about a year for Judge Jaworski. She also interned for a semester at the prosecutor's office and for a summer at Florida Power & Light.

political experience

other relevant tidbits

This judge is a member of the Federalist Society.

This judge is a textualist, who uses an interpretation of the Constitution that is advocated by the Federalist Society.

Kilbane spent 2 years on the Judicial Nominating Commission Procedures Committee. The commission interviews and selects which applicants move forward for potential appointment by the governor.

additional Resources

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