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Bernie Johannes Kempen

Bernie Kempen’s Client Reviews

     4.5 stars 13 total

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Honest and ethical attorney

    I worked in the legal field for over 10 years and it is rare to find such an honest and ethical attorney like Bernie Kempen. He did an outstanding job for me regarding custody and support.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you for your review and I am pleased to have been of service. Clients come and go, judges come and go, but lawyers stick around for a long time. It's therefor crucial for any attorney to maintain a pristine reputation for honesty and ethical conduct. I am a Rotarian and am guided by our 4-way test in everything I say and do; 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships. 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned.”
  • 4.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Seasoned & Experienced

    Some people say lawyer’s not your friend. You are a mere one-time client for them but their relationships with the court are permanent as long as they are in business. If that’s so, it’s better to have a seasoned, experienced and recognized lawyer.
    Mr. Kempen is very seasoned and conservative. He knows how the system works. He doesn't sugarcoat harsh realities. I expect him to show his high qualities as a game changer in these previous reviews for my case.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you for the review. It's important for my clients to know that I am fully committed to their case, not their cause. My job is to represent the facts of my client's case to the court in the best possible way. My client's should always be aware of the upside and the downside of potential litigation. That's why sugarcoating serves no-one. Every client deserves a thorough analysis of options, including the option of 'let it be".”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Diana

    Represented me in case over jurisdiction.

    Very pleased and at felt at ease with Bernie Kempen representing my case in Stanislaus County. I reside almost 5 hours away and my ex tried to claim jurisdiction of our child in his county by false documents and lying about serving me. Bernie Kempen represented me two times in Stanislaus County court which I was not able to be present for and handled everything quickly and professionally. I wish he was in Kern County to represent my case here! Very pleased!!!

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Diana, it was a pleasure representing you and obtaining the appropriate remedy. One of the goals of my representation of my clients is to make sure that when they wake up in the morning with a knot in their stomach about some stressful litigation, it goes away quickly when they know that we are taking care of it for them and that they can continue to live productive lives with the least amount of distractions. Thank you and best wishes.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Game Changer Attorney.

    I had the pleasure of consulting with Atty Kempen about some certain grey areas about my case. While one attorney said he will research and get back to me on this, Atty Kempen has a straight answer for me right away. He is very knowledgeable and direct in his answer, very creative in attacking a certain scenario and a game changer in your favor if you are having issues or not satisfied with the outcome of your case.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you for the review. Crucial to the analysis of options in a client's case is the ability to spot the issues and provide a range of potential remedies for discussion. I'm pleased that I was able to do that for you.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Ann

    Thank you!

    Mr. Kempen took time to answer all of my questions. He helped me by both providing his expertise and compassion, a combo you don't find often in the profession. I would recommend him and will return to him if services are again needed. Thank you!

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Ana, I always strive to understand not only the legal aspects of your case, but also how the situation affects you personally. It is my goal to make sure that when you wake up in the morning, that you know that you have a legal advocate in your corner who will take on the burden of your legal representation so that you can continue with the daily aspects of your life. I hope that with the information you got from me, you may be able to resolve your issues without any court intervention. If not, I'm a phone call away and I answer all calls directly at 415-806-1974 24/7. Best wishes!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by David

    Exceptional Consultation and Knowledge of the Law

    I went to Bernie with a dilema regarding my ex wife which could have cost me $5,000 or more. She was trying to extort money from me before she complied with the judges order to sign over the house deed to me. I was in closing in my refinance and the timing was very important to get this done.

    In any case, I had spoken with 3 other attorneys before Bernie, and it wasnt until after our conversation that I felt confident enough to send her a letter. In this letter, I mentioned how this could go down for her if i took it to court. how much it would cost her, and how I could potentially sue her for the injuries caused by her actions. All of this information was gathered in one conversation with Bernie.

    I offerred her $900 only, and she accepted, knowing if we went to court she would get nothing, I would win, and then I would sue her for damages.

    Bernie knows his stuff. His office is pleasnt, as is his staff. It feels like you are dealing with a friend, not an attornerny. I am very happy with his services and would recomend him highly.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you David. I am pleased you were able to resolve your issue in a cost effective manner without hiring an attorney to litigate the issue for you. Family issues should be resolved around the kitchen table or over coffee at a coffee shop. Court intervention should always be the last resort. When family are able able to come together and make an agreement, they are generally more satisfied because they are invested in the outcome, rather than having a robed individual make choices for them instead.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Emmitt

    Ace of Attorneys.

    From the first phone conversation alone Bernie made me feel I have a shot at being with my children again. Now I will not say he made a promise that we will succeed but the initial concern for my situation from himself and his assistant gave me the courage to stand up for what I believe.

    When meeting with Bernie and Liz I was a little reserved an didn't know how to express the hurt I had endured from not being able to have a relationship with my two children. Even still they were ready to fight by my side for what is right and for the effort alone I am eternally grateful. Thank you in advance Bernie though the fight has yet to begin I know you will give it the best shot you've got.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you Emmitt. We're getting there! It's always easier when we have a solid professional working relationship.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Christine

    Grateful, Grateful, Grateful

    I used Bernie and his staff during my first divorce over 10 years ago. I will be ever grateful for the guidance he gave me, as I was completely lost.

    The other parent was a complete snake and used my own friends and family members to gain inside information during our divorce proceedings, even setting me up in unusual situations to make it appear that I was someone that I was not. I had no idea that people that I once trusted and loved would ever this to me, but Bernie caught on and advised me that my divorce was very unusual and that there was someone giving my Ex information that he was using against me so that I would have to constantly contact my Attorney and pay more money. Bernie was very gracious and gave me discounts on my billing. If I would have just listened to him in the first place and kept people out of my divorce I would have been much better off but like I said, I would have never believed that those I loved would hurt me and my children for the sake of being paid off by my former husband. What a joke, my ex has like 8 kids, 3 with me and the others by different women. My Ex was so upset because Bernie uncovered his Self employment income and he would not file taxes as he knew how the child support system worked, he thought he had Bernie fooled and he told me to keep Bernie off of his A--! It humors me now but back then it was devastating since my children would ultimately pay for his anger.

    Bernie Kempen, Thank you so very much. In my opinion I would pay all over again to have such Seasoned Representation.

    People beware when choosing an Attorney. Watch out for newly licensed attorneys, make sure they have at least 10 years under their belts so that they can Fight and Win for you. Thank you Bernie!

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you, Christine. Many clients thank me years later for telling them the truth they didn't want to hear. Those are difficult times for the best of people and it's important that you have an attorney who looks out for your best interests; does not necessarily do you bidding and does not promise unrealistic results. The satisfaction I get from my job is to do my best for the client on the facts presented.”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Family client

    $40k later and still married.

    The following statement is my personal opinion based on my experience with Attorney Bernie Kempen. I would not recommend Bernie to anyone getting a divorce. Initially Bernie made me feel comfortable and that this case was a slam dunk. $40k later I am still married and left not knowing what to do. The other parent was given 50% custody. I feel Bernie did not fight for me.

    I feel he laid down and was intimidated by the other attorney. The other parent, as a result of the 50% custody agreement, has gotten away with paying a very, very small amount of child support. Yet, as predicted, for the most part has not followed through with the custody arrangement- leaving me to have the kids on the other parents time (most of the time) and sticking with a huge grocery bill, more utilities, etc., The other parent lied to the court about their income and nothing was really done. Bernie did not fight for what is in the best interest of the children. He did not fight for alimony for me.

    He did not fight for ANYTHING. IMO, Bernie carried this out only to bill me more and more money. Than when I could not afford to pay him anymore (after $40k), he dropped me like a hot potato. Now, 6 years later, I am still not divorced. His slogan, "It's Over"... Is quite contrary to my experience. IT AIN'T OVER. So after all of this money I spent, I am still married to a bully that now violates the court orders at will and doesn't care saying, "Oh well", "take me to court", because this person knows I got screwed and now I have no representation.

    The other party is getting 1/2 my pension, 1/2 my retirement, pays a very small amount of child support (enough to pay maybe one utility), yet this person makes twice as much as me, just bought a new boat and a new car... Leaves the kids with me on their time with him, has given up completely on 1 child and never sees him. After all this time, and after all the money I gave Bernie, I still have not resolved any issues other than child custody which Bernie just laid down for, even though it was clearly in the best interest of the children to stay with me... Even the mediator thought it was. There are still issues regarding money, etc... Which the other parent is fighting to take from me (my pension, retirement, etc... but I have no representation - Bernie gave up because I ran out of money). I am afraid to go back to court and do anything because I don't know what will happen.

    I feel I was victimized by Bernie. I feel I was bullied by Bernie every time I asked a question. He would argue back at me and make me feel stupid for asking it, and then he would never address the concerns I had. The other attorney would lie in court, lie in court paperwork, etc... and Bernie barely addressed it. And when I brought it up, I was made to feel that it wasn't important. I feel Bernie would create situations that caused me to email or phone the office and ask questions, only so he could bill me more money, until finally I was broke. If I could complain to a governing body about Bernie Kempen, and knew it would do me some good, I would. I am sure Bernie will come on here and make some dumb excuse and try to defend it, but I only see that as another attempt to bully me. To sum it all up. I spent about $40k with Bernie and got nowhere.

    Then when I couldn't pay anymore he dropped me as a client. And now I am being bullied and harassed by the the other parent all the time. I know of two other clients that have started with Bernie but were smart enough to drop him before they got sucked in.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “This is Bernie Kempen. Regrettably I recall this client well. Contrary to her statement that she spent $40,000 in litigation, she demanded the litigation against my advice and when the court eventually allowed my request to withdraw from the case, she promptly (as is her right, of course) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and discharged approximately $37,000 of the owed attorneys fees and costs. She did so without any regard to the effect of such a bankruptcy filing on the families working in the office of a sole practitioner. This is a common risk for any sole practitioner. Where a client can relieve an attorney as attorney of record at any time, the attorney cannot discharge the client without court approval and needs to continue providing legal services in the interim. It is essential that my clients follow my advice. If they don't, then they need to find another attorney. The work of a family lawyer is similar to that of an emergency room physician. You have to perform the best task with the facts presented to try to salvage whatever you can from a disaster. Very seldom can you achieve 100% recovery. You do what you can. There is no justice in a divorce, no retribution. It is merely emergency work with the hope of a decent recovery and the hope of a new life. As in this particular case, where both parents were at the time competent and involved, California State law prefers that the court orders a custody plan that ensures frequent and continuing contact with both parents. This client cannot blame me that the father of her children does not want to exercise his visits now (three years after I was her attorney of record). State law also provides that the community portion of all retirement plans be shared or offset equally. The court has no discretion to order otherwise. Judges and lawyers do not control the facts of a case. Here both parties opted to jump into new relationships too fast. My client started cohabiting with a partner whom she had to support, while her husband chose a new partner with a six figure income and two homes. The new partner came to all court appearance dressed to kill. She provided husband with a new boat and a new car. I have no doubt that this conduct was partly designed to rankle my former client. Naturally this was and continues to be distressing to her. It also became clear that Husband would try as long as he could for the divorce to become final so that he would not need to marry his new partner and would continue to be the recipient of his new partner’s gifting. By California State Law, the court cannot take new partners' incomes and assets into consideration when ordering child support and will only in narrow circumstances order alimony where there is cohabitation with a new partner. Attorneys are frequently blamed for the dysfunction in family relationships. This is called transference. This is one of those cases. It is my hope that this client will eventually learn that her situation will not improve until she stops trying to blame others for the situation she has helped to create and accepts personal responsibility. In the meanwhile she dealt my solo practice and my staff with a crippling financial blow and attempts to do more damage with this review. She refused to discharge me as her attorney when I asked her to and now she complains about the representation? Does that make sense? My mistake was to continue trying to help her and by not asking the court to relieve me as counsel sooner.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    A Brilliant and fair man

    Perhaps the most devastating time in my life and my trust in humanity was destroyed; yet I needed help to navigate the Californian legal system, and an advocate for my remaining family. Bernie Kempen and his staff were there to assist every step of the way. He conducted himself with honesty and dignity, he helped me to see past my initial emotional reaction and formulate a fair plan for my children and I.

    Bernie Johannes Kempen’s response: “Thank you. Our job is to recognize the anguish you experience on a day to day basis and help you navigate your way through the legal and emotional quagmire. Our goal is make sure that you are able to re-establish yourself with stability in your environment and make sure that your children's best interests remain paramount.”