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Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 30%
    23 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    23 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    23 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    23 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  5. Other: 30%
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Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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    I endorse Mr. Kempen because I know he can do the job for you correctly and swiftly, with the utmost in professionalism.


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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



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2014
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
Castro Valley Arts FoundationPresident2007 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Castro Valley Rotary ClubPast President2003 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsN/A2002 - Present
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts Site CouncilChairperson2010 - 2011
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts PTSAVP2008 - 2011
CVHSPTA President2006 - 2007
Creekside SchoolPTSA President2006 - 2008
CVHSBoosters Club2006 - 2007
Proctor SchoolSite Council Member2002 - 2003
Proctor SchoolPresident PTA2001 - 2002
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 TownAfrican Govt and LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary Club of Castro ValleySouth Africa2007
Rotary Club of Modesto EastSouth Africa2006