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About me

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany.  Have traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States.  My family is Italian (Mother) and German/Scotch (Father).   Devoted to family and friends. 


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 30%
  2. Mediation: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Child Support: 20%
  5. Prenuptials: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Nancy Maria Martinez

    I met Barbara when she was my opposing counsel in a case. Barbara is knowledgeable and truly advocates for her clients. Personally, Barbara is one of the most pleasant and reasonable attorneys with whom to work. She will always try to negotiate a settlement before cranking up to litigation mode, which saves clients money, time and much grief. Despite being disciplined by the bar, I have always found Barbara to be one of the most honest and trustworthy attorneys in the family court. I also believe that everyone makes mistakes and that Barbara shouldn't be judged by one indiscretion alone. I totally and unreservedly endorse Barbara!!


    Nancy Martinez Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Enjoyable to work with, professional, and experienced. We were able to resolve a number of difficult issues for the benefit of both of our clients. Highly recommended.


    Richard Jolliffe Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

969g Edgewater Blvd #785
Foster City, CA, 94404



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 1999


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Barbara’s comment: “This is the final decision on the 1998 matter. It is NOT a separate matter. This was the final step in the process that started in 1998.”

  2. Interim suspension after conviction
    issued in CA, 1998


    This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

    Barbara’s comment: “This is the same matter as the one above which is the final decision of the matter. This is NOT a separate matter. This was the first step of the process that was resolved in 1999.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women's Hall of FameSan Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women2005
Woman of the YearAmerican Biographical Institute1999
Who's Who in American Law nomineeWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1999
Woman of the Year, nomineeNOWBO1998
Barrister of the YearSan Mateo County Barristers1997
Barrister of the YearSan Mateo County Barristers1995
President's AwardCalifornia Women Lawyers1994
Barrister of the YearSan Mateo County Barristers1994
Wiley M. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services AwardState Bar of California1994
Barrister of the YearSan Mateo County Barristers1993
Most Outstanding Student Member, Western RegionDelta Theta Phi Law Fraternity1984
Women's Hall of Fame nominee 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998San Mateo County Commission on the Status of WomenN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw & Mediation Offices of Barbara J. Kuehn, APC1992 - Present
AssociateAnderlini Finkelstein Emerick & Smoot1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Peninsula Social Club FoundationBoard Member2002 - Present
Peninsula Italian American Social ClubMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
California Women LawyersLife Member1991 - Present
Peninsula Social Club FoundationPresident2002 - 2007
San Mateo County BarristersPresident1994 - 1995
San Mateo County Women Lawyers Legal Education FoundationBoard Member1993 - 1998
Indian American Bar Association of District of Columbia ssociationConference of Delegates to State Bar of California1993 - 1997
SoroptomistMember1993 - 1995
Selective Service BoardMember - Pesident Clinton Appointee1993 - 2006
National Women's Political CaucusMember1992 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v. Doe AppealArgued Appeal in 1991
Marriage of DeVitoPrevailed on Appeal
Ryerson v. GraellosLower Court Decision Affirmed on Appeal, with Costs to Respondent
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawGeneral LegalJD - Juris Doctor1989
Coll of San MateoArtAssociate of Arts1973
Burlingame High SchoolN/AN/A1970
Canada CollegeGeneral EducationN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Breaking The Glass CeilingBias1996
Family Law - 101Nuts & Bolts of Entry Level Family Law1995
Solo PracticeLaw Practice Management1994