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Bernie Johannes Kempen

Bernie Johannes Kempen

also known as Bernie Kempen

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Family, Alimony… more 

About Me

Humor is the key


Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans

Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    22 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    22 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    22 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    22 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Lindsey Anne Robbins

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Bernie is a very knowledgeable Certified Family Law Specialist. He has appeared on matters on my behalf. He has a true ability to evaluate a case in light of the applicable law and proceed accordingly. His clients are very well informed and advised. He is knowledgeable of not only the law but also the practice and customs of our legal community.


    Lindsey Robbins Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Curtis Dean Colaw

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had many cases with Bernie. He is professional, well versed in family law and has an excellent common sense approach to resolution of pending cases.


    Curtis Colaw Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Kempen and Company

I Sansome
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA, 94104

Bernie Kempen Certified Family Law Specialist

19244 Redwood Road
Suite B
Castro Valley, CA, 94546

Kempen and Company

1301 G Street
Suite A
Modesto, CA, 95354




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Volunteer of the YearCVUSD2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Sole PractitionerKempen&Company1996 - Present
AssociateCunningham & Landsen1993 - 1996
ClerkAlameda County Public Defender's Office1990 - 1993
MarketingBiomed Canada1987 - 1990
General ManagerCasterm Plastics1984 - 1987
PartnerLinestar Productions1981 - 1984
Account DirectorAdvertising Agencies1978 - 1981
Advertising ManagerFIAT SA1977 - 1978
Articled ClerkBalsillie Watermeyer and Bosman1974 - 1976

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Castro Valley MattersCaretaker Board Member2014 - Present
FoSOTA (Friends of the San Francisco School of the Arts)Trustee/Board member2014 - Present
Friends of The Company (Young People's Teen Musical Theatre CompanyPresident2012 - Present
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts Site CouncilChairperson2010 - 2011
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts PTSAVP2008 - 2011
Castro Valley Arts FoundationPresident2007 - Present
CVHSPTA President2006 - 2007
Creekside SchoolPTSA President2006 - 2008
CVHSBoosters Club2006 - 2007
Alameda County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Castro Valley Rotary ClubPast President2003 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsN/A2002 - Present
Proctor SchoolSite Council Member2002 - 2003
Proctor SchoolPresident PTA2001 - 2002
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
RiveraPresumed Gay Parent Status

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Publication NameTitleDate
AvvoIs Your Same Sex Relationship Over2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Cape Town South AfricaAfrican Govt and LawB.A.1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Rotary Club of Castro ValleySouth Africa2007
Rotary Club of Modesto EastSouth Africa2006