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Jeff Kildea attended the University of Sydney, where he completed a BA in 1971, a LLB in 1974 and then a LLM in 1979. Mr Kildea has also studied at the University of New South Wales, where he was awarded a MA (History) in 1995, and a Ph D in 2001
Mr Kildea was admitted as a solicitor in 1974, and has worked as a barrister since his admission to the Bar in 1979. Mr Kildea has also taught Irish and Australian history at the University of New South Wales and the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney.
Some of the cases in which Mr Kildea has recently appeared include:
Edwards v Santos Ltd (2010) 268 ALR 605;  FCAFC 64 (Native Title)
Skyton Developments Pty Ltd v Hills Shire Council  NSWLEC 1299 (Development Appeal)
Public Trustee v Kehagias  NSWSC 972 (Recognition of Foreign Adoptions)
Mr Kildea is the editor of the Law Book Co.’s Land and Environment Court Law & Practice and contributes to the Planning and Development Service NSW. He has written articles for the Local Government Law Journal regarding the local government and liquor licensing laws. He also wrote a review of the Report of the Land and Environment Court Working Party.
In his work on native title, Mr Kildea has written a review of a book on the commercial implications of native title. Mr Kildea has also published several books and articles on Australian and Irish history.