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Certified Family Law Specialist* *CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2015|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2014|
|Volunteer of the Year||CVUSD||2006|
|Sole Practitioner||Kempen&Company||1996 - Present|
|Associate||Cunningham & Lansden||1993 - 1996|
|Clerk||Alameda County Public Defender's Office||1990 - 1993|
|Marketing Director||Biomed Canada||1987 - 1990|
|General Manager||Casterm Plastics Los Angeles||1984 - 1987|
|Partner||Linestar Productions||1981 - 1984|
|Account Director||J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency||1978 - 1981|
|Advertising Manager||FIAT SA||1977 - 1978|
|Articled Law Clerk||Balsillie Watermeyer and Bosman||1974 - 1976|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Friends of The Company (Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company||President||2012 - Present|
|Castro Valley Arts Foundation||President||2007 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|Castro Valley Rotary Club||Past President||2003 - Present|
|Stanislaus County Bar Association||N/A||1993 - Present|
|Castro Valley Matters||Caretaker Board Member||2014 - 2015|
|FoSOTA (Friends of the San Francisco School of the Arts)||Trustee/Board member||2014 - 2015|
|Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts Site Council||Chairperson||2010 - 2011|
|Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts PTSA||VP||2008 - 2011|
|Creekside School||PTSA President||2006 - 2008|
|CVHS||PTA President||2006 - 2007|
|CVHS||Boosters Club||2006 - 2007|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||N/A||2002 - 2004|
|Proctor School||Site Council Member||2002 - 2003|
|Proctor School||President PTA||2001 - 2002|
|Rivera||Presumed Gay Parent Status|
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|Avvo||Is Your Same Sex Relationship Over||2010|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Cape Town South Africa||African Govt and Law||B.A.||1978|
|Rotary Club of Castro Valley||South Africa||2007|
|Rotary Club of Modesto East||South Africa||2006|
Posted by Tara
Bernie and his staff are A plus! They always answerd any questions I had if not that day then that week. I was so thankful when Bernie sat next to me at the mediation and helped me to reveal other important info that I was not thinking of at the time because I was so nerves from the situation. Bernie was also alert when we were In front of the jude and pointed out things I didn't even think of. His staff was very patient with me as well, even when I wanted them to change things they already worked on. I have gotn the out come I was looking for with Bernie that I haven't been on my own. I wish that I could always have Bernie buy my side to help with my sons situation because he makes a big difference. I am truly thankful for him and his staff. From a mother that needed help when she dosent have any but from Bernie.
Posted by anonymous
I was lucky to find him during my emergency situation. My ex-spouse and I had, for the most part, gotten along fairly well over the few years we had been divorced. We drew up a MSA together that covered custody of our daughter, division of property, etc. when we divorced.
That was all thrown away when she blindsided me with court papers served late in the evening one night. She had not only lawyered up, but her lawyer had done a 'short order' which gave me very little time to find a lawyer and defend myself. She was essentially trying to take me for everything! I found Bernie and described my situation to him; he acted very quickly and was able to delay things in court long enough for me to get my bearings on the situation.
Bernie and his staff not only navigated the situation in court, but they also knew how to "deal" with the other lawyer, who was very aggressive and confrontational. He kept doing certain things that, at the time, confused me, but when things finally played out his strategy became obvious. And as a result, her lawyer ended up offering to settle.
The ex-spouse didn't get nearly everything she wanted and the blow to me was softened quite a bit by Bernie's actions. One thing I've realized about the court system is that it's anything but fair, especially in my county. If you're the father of a little girl and mom can't be proven unfit, don't expect anything more than 40% custody. Every lawyer I spoke to told me this and that's exactly what ended up happening despite our best efforts. The judge that handles these cases is very gender biased, in my opinion.
All in all, Bernie and his staff were always on top of things, they were also reachable and extremely knowledgeable and responsive. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Posted by anonymous
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.
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