Paul Knowlton

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Education
  • B.S., Temple University
  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
  • MDiv (Pastoral Counseling), Mercer University
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Georgia Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Memberships
  • State Bar of Georgia Lawyer Assistance Program Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia Attorney Wellness Committee
Publications
  • Better Capitalism: Jesus, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, and MLK Jr. on Moving from Plantation to Partnership Economics
Can Speak To You About
  • Conflict and dispute resolution
  • Nonprofit law and counseling
  • Succession & Estate Planning
  • Intellectual property

Paul Knowlton

Of Counsel

Paul is a unique business attorney who shares the lived experience of an adventurous and prosperous business career. Prior to graduating from Georgia State University College of Law in 1998 and his current practice at Stanton Law focusing on business succession, exit planning, and estate planning, Paul’s engineering undergraduate degree equipped him with the ability to advance rapidly through his chosen corporate career. During that time, he held positions from laborer to forensic engineer for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100s.

He knows the feel of a shovel piercing Georgia clay, the tedium of good management, the pain of unexpected market loss, the thrill of launching a successful startup and the satisfaction of a balanced budget and P/L statement. Paul has experienced the weight of leadership done well, the hum of the corporate jet from the inside, and the contentment that comes in achieving his own goals while helping others achieve theirs.

An engineering undergrad attending law school in the throes of Web 1.0, Paul began his legal career before graduating law school. First as an intellectual property (IP) clerk, then IP attorney, then IP and Patent Attorney with the venerable Jones & Askew boutique, and its AmLaw 200 successor firm Kilpatrick Stockton. At Kilpatrick, Paul’s practice shifted and grew with the IP needs of his Fortune 500 clients to include counseling and advising, strategic development, portfolio management, and litigation. As challenging opportunities presented themselves, while still practicing law, Paul accepted and successfully executed the roles of Manager-Member, Director, Principal, and CEO in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as academia.

These business and leadership successes charted the course for Paul to shift and grow his law practice at Stanton Law, where he focuses on the real-world and highly personal business succession, exit planning, and estate planning needs of clients. With a personal motto embraced from Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all,” Paul’s adventurous and entrepreneurial career is no surprise. His personal life rides the same currents. A former motorcycle instructor and IBA extreme rider, NAUI certified diver, Glock armorer, hang-glider, seminary graduate, and co-author of the Amazon No. 1 best seller Better Capitalism (Wipf & Stock, 2021), Paul has found a home at Stanton Law. Paul lived across the U.S. from California to Florida and New York before settling in Atlanta, which he has called home since before CNN was founded. As he’s participated in Atlanta’s astounding growth, he’s most fond of it as the place where he met his beloved Amy and most of his immediate and extended family still lives.