Matthew Kilgo is the owner of The Law Offices of Matthew W. Kilgo, LLC, a criminal defense firm in Marietta, Georgia. He practices throughout Georgia including Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, and Forsyth Counties.

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278 North Marietta Parkway, Suite 101, Marietta, GA 30060

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  • Auburn University, B. A., 1996
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J. D., 1999


Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1996, and graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in 1999, beginning practice as a prosecuting attorney soon after.


Matt’s entire legal career has been focused on criminal law, first as a prosecutor, then as region counsel for anti-piracy for the Recording Industry Association of America.

For well over a decade, Matt’s singular focus and specialty has been in criminal defense. Matt is the author of the book “Georgia Gun Law: Armed and Educated.” He has trained the public in more than 300 Second Amendment/Use of Force seminars, speaks across the Southeast on firearms issues, and works every day to protect the rights of his clients in criminal cases, self-defense matters, Weapons Carry License applications and denial hearings, and in advancing gun-rights issues in Georgia. He loves to teach his sons (and his friends) to shoot, and to respect firearms.


  • The State Bar of Georgia
  • The State of Georgia Supreme Court
  • The State of Georgia Court of Appeals
  • The Cobb Bar Association
  • Georgia Chapter, Defense of Drinking Drivers Group


Matt’s practice focuses on criminal defense, specifically in cases involving firearms or self-defense. Cases may include defense in the use of force or deadly force, Weapons Carry License (WCL) denials, aggravated assault, retroactive first offender cases, and more.
Additionally, Matt Kilgo and the team at US Pardons assist individuals in rehabilitating their criminal records through restrictions, restorations of rights, Federal pardon applications, and state applications for pardon.


Matt authored the book “Armed and Educated: Georgia Gun Law” and has extensive experience training citizens not only in Georgia but also across the United States through legal seminars and speaking engagements.
He is a prominent figure in the field, having conducted over 500 sessions on Second Amendment rights and the use of force, with a focus on firearms issues in the Southeastern region. On a daily basis, he passionately defends his clients’ rights in criminal cases, self-defense matters, Weapons Carry License applications and denial hearings, as well as advocating for gun rights in Georgia.
Additionally, Matt imparts his knowledge of firearms and promotes responsible firearm handling to his sons and friends.