Judge Paul Knighten was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 2021. For several years Judge Knighten practiced consumer bankruptcy representing both debtors and creditors. He was a charter member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Group (MACBAG). He was the first creditor attorney to serve on the MACBAG board as an officer and was an officer for several terms. In 2018 MACBAG bestowed on Judge Knighten their Louis Brown annual service award for contributions to the bankruptcy practice. Before coming to Atlanta, Judge Knighten practiced general civil law and criminal defense in Mississippi and Alabama. Judge Knighten also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General to the Mississippi Office of Attorney General.
Judge Knighten and his wife Judy are proud to have raised their daughter Cley in the Atlanta Public School System. They were active in the PTA and were team parents for multiple high school sports. They also led a Girl Scout troop in those years. Judge Knighten is currently an officer in his church. He is a Unit Commissioner of the Atlanta Council of Scouts, BSA and a district chair of Friends of Scouting and a volunteer to the Camp Allatoona Service Team.
Judge Knighten has spent his career in conflict resolution and helping people realize what they should and should not do and speaking truth to power.