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Alissa Moore Kempton

Family Attorney at Menlo Park, CA

5.0   6 reviews

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Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/02/2022

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Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP
750 Menlo Ave #320
Menlo Park, CA, 94025


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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Alissa is smart, ethical and easy to work with
I recently finalized a very contentious divorce using Alissa as my lawyer. She is compassionate yet tough. She walked me through the complex legal system and laid out my options and then would make recommendations. I always felt she was conservative with my money, looking for the best outcome for me. I've recommended Alissa to others seeking a family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2013
Excellent review for the services of Alissa Moore Kempton
I had a very positive experience working with Alissa as my lawyer during a somewhat unusual divorce and custody battle. I have three kids and an ex who did not put a penny in to supporting us. Alissa helped my situation by clearly explaining the law to me, something I had no idea about previously. If I followed my instinct, which was to try to force my ex in to paying more monthly support by taking him to court, I would have ended up having to pay him. Alissa had to really explain to me the complexity of the law (and how unfair it can be sometimes) and as it turned out was able to negotiate a much better monthly settlement then I ever would have gotten in court. She saved me so much in lawyer and court fees but was able to help me in the way that I really needed. As well, a year and a half after my divorce, when my ex came back from Europe (where he had taken off to for months) and wanted to switch up our custody agreement, Alissa was so helpful in the part of my case that was definitely the most stressful and unpleasant. I was trying to move out of the county and my ex blackmailed me heavily. It took a lot of strategizing to figure out how to get him to sign a "change of venue" and move the presiding court to my new county of residence. There were a lot of nasty back and fourths my kids had to endure but they were definitely mitigated in the end by her knowledge of the specifics of the law but also by her ability to "read" the actions of my ex. She helped to diffuse my anger, understand what was possible under the law and most importantly get the best "deal" for me and my kids. As it turned out, so much of what she thought would happen ended up happening and I feel really pleased about the custody agreement she helped us reach. It was the way she empathized with me but also knew I needed to clearly understand what I could and could not do that really helped me. I just trusted that she was on my team and felt so safe knowing that with her on my side I would be able to get through the really unpleasant process of getting divorced and fighting for custody. My case is ongoing, as I would like to figure out how to terminate my ex-husbands parental rights. Though this is a very difficult thing to do, as she has explained to me, she keeps me informed on the proper steps to take in documenting his deviance. She came up with an idea that has had some success of terminating rights based off a parents abandonment, something I fully intend to try if things remain as they are now. In any event, I feel very well represented with her as my lawyer and will likely be retaining her services for many years to come.
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Posted by Shalini | December 14, 2013
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Allisa is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She is great to work with and has always worked very hard to help me. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with any family law matters.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Going through a divorce was obviously a very hard experience, but having Alissa as an attorney really helped alleviate some of the stress involved. She was not only kind and compassionate, but she and her office always got things done quickly and efficiently. She was responsive when I had questions. And she clearly was looking out for not only my best interests, but my family's as a whole. It was very reassuring to have a trustworthy attorney handling my divorce. I really can't thank her enough for her work.
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Posted by Alisa | November 19, 2013
A very solid and trustworthy attorney...
I have recommended Alissa to several friends. I feel Alissa was very responsive, which is key. My divorce was incredibly ugly with threats of lawsuits and poverty so naturally I was a mess. I felt very supported by Alissa. The individual who gave a review claiming that Alissa is unethical is way off. I think she is by the book, never looses her cool, and a consummate professional. I used expletives constantly and Alissa never stooped to that level so I can't imagine her having outbursts in court. She is just not the outburst sort of person. Alissa is a very reasonable person, definitely has the children's best interest in mind as well as getting closure within a reasonable time frame.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2013
Focused, professional, and constructive
I hired Alissa through a recommendation from another friend who is a corporate lawyer. She exceeded my expectations on all fronts and constantly encouraged me to work things out in a collaborative and constructive manner. She encouraged us to go through mediation, which we did. In the end, my ex-wife and I parted ways in a friendly manner and split the funds that met our collective needs. There were times that emotions got in the way of reason on my part and she constantly reminded me to keep the kids in mind, work things our through negotiations, and create an environment that allowed us to cooperate in raising our kids. Had she been selfish, she could have manipulated my temporary emotional outbursts to her own financial benefit, but she didn't.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Presser and Robin
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Hersh Family Law
  • 2002 - 2003


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Bucknell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999


  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017

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Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Alissa is a compassionate and powerful voice for her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alissa Moore Kempton. I have always been impressed by Alissa's ethics and exemplary bedside manner with her clients. Alissa is a terrific negotiator as she always seeks the most painless, logical, but effective solution to the thorny problems often encountered in family law. I would not hesitate in referring clients to Alissa. I know they would be in capable and dedicated hands."

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Menlo Park Family Lawyer Alissa Moore Kempton
Alissa Moore Kempton
Family Attorney
Menlo Park, CA
Licensed for 19 years