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Barbara Jean Kuehn

Divorce and separation Attorney at Foster City, CA

4.3   19 reviews

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About Barbara

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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. 

Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/29/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999. See details

Contact Barbara

Law & Mediation Offices Of Barbara J. Kuehn, Apc
969G Edgewater Blvd #785
Foster City, CA, 94404-3760


4.3 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Hope | August 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She is really wonderful and I am very grateful. If you are able to retain this woman consider yourself lucky. She went way above and beyond for me.
Posted by Mike | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barbara Kuehn
Im so happy i hired Barbara, she made me feel comfortable the entire step of the way. She got me exactly what i wanted in the outcome of my case. i highly recommend Barbara Kuehn.
Posted by Samantha | January 31, 2015
Like Taylor Swift's song...the haters are just gonna hate hate hate...without basis. Barbara had done no harm. She continues to represent me so well. Like all the other reviews, she answers all my needs, listens to my woes, never overcharges me, HAS DONE NOTHING BUT HELP ME!!!! She doesn't know I'm writing this review. She is the best!!!! Please go to her. She made me strong to stand up against my ex. I no longer live in fear. She has my back. I love Barbara do much. Thank you for all that you do for me and my daughter. Samantha O. CA Elementary Teacher, Roseville CA
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Posted by Saul | June 27, 2013
I love Barbara
I am a Latino man, my English very bad. I only can speak for my self , since the beginning she told me every thing about her self, she also told that she did not speak any Spanish. She was able to finish my case, I paid many lawyers a lots of money they were all bunch of crooks and I end it with a Lot bills. But Barbara she did not take advantage of me and my ignorance. And she was always very professional. I only can say that "Barbara is my Hero". Gracias Barbara
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Posted by Jo | July 7, 2012
A REAL lifesaver!
I truly don't know what I would do without the legal help from Barbara. My ex-husband has been on a roll trying to bring me down ever since I filed for divorce from him. Barbara has eased the stress of my divorce immensely. Thanks to Barbara, I, unlike my ex, have been able to move on to a very happy and healthy relationship and life. Thanks Barbara, I appreciate it BIG TIME....
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Posted by Nancy Woodroe | August 10, 2011
Very Pleased
I am so grateful i was referred to Barbara. My friend used her for a divorce and I ended up using her to help me win custody of my daughter. She understood my situation and what was needed. I'm glad all of this court mess is over, but had to recommend to someone else in need of a good family law lawyer.
Posted by Olivia | August 9, 2011
Saved my life!
I was in a horrible abusive relationship & Barbara saved my life. I don't know what I would have done without her help!
Posted by Chris | May 9, 2010
Barbara Kuehn is a Wonderful Family Attorney
Barbara Kuehn has been providing legal services for me for over a year on various legal matters. I would highly recommend her for family law matters. Barbara knows what she is doing! Barbara is very professional, knows the law and confirms details quickly. She is very reliable and is always good about getting back to her clients. When she wrote a prenup for me and my wife it was so well written that even the other attorney was impressed. I highly recommend Barbara; she is the best attorney I have ever worked with. I'm very happy with all of the work that she has done for me. Feel free to use me as a reference.
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Posted by Craig | August 27, 2009
The best attorney I have ever worked with
I was destitute when I met Barbara. My ex-wife and the county child support attorneys had taken advantage of me and left me financially ruined. I hired Barbara on a moments notice and she jumped right in and filed motions for custody and child support modifications. I would inundate Barbara night and day with phone calls and emails and she would always call me back immediately and listen to what I had to say. Barbara would always give me great advice on what she would do even when I did not think it was the best because I was to emotionally involved in the situation. If you need an attorney that will take a personal interest in your matter I highly recommend Barbara for the job.
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Posted by scott_mcs | April 21, 2009
Solid Talent / No Nonsense + very knowledgeable & connected
I wish I had hired Barbara at the very beginning but she definitely made the difference in the end. Barbara Kuehn had a comprehensive grasp of all areas of the playing field and was saving my bacon within minutes and right before my eyes. She thoroughly understands the rules and plays to win within the bounds of the law and the rules of professional conduct which was exactly what I needed. Her willingness to go to the mat and her deft and experienced ability with the court system gave me the advantage I needed. Although everyone’s case is unique, I was able to get exactly what I wanted because of her. I am so grateful for Barbara’s expert and ethical contribution towards my best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2008
The Best!
Barbara handled my case with professionalism, and care. Virtually all the rough spots in the case were as a result of my work pace and health issues. I would highly recommend Barbara to anyone in need of Family Practice. Out of the 10 or so attorneys I have retained in the past, Barbara is among the top two spots!
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2008
The Best Attorney I Have Ever Met
If I had had her from the beginning my divorce would have been over with a long time ago. I also would not have criminal charges pending against me, because she would have taken care of me. She is always there for me, explains everything to me along the way. Her billing statements are very detailed and I can tell exactly what has gone on all month. She was referred to me by someone who said she is the BEST at what she does and I have discovered that she is the BEST. Whatever the State Bar says about her, does not matter to me. She has never done anything that would make me think she would have or ever will do anything wrong or hurt a client. Jim J.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2008
Barbara Kuehn, Esq
Barbara has helped me out with many legal issues I have had, and one thing has always stood out about her. She above all will always do the right thing. She is very warm and comfortable to deal with, she always has your interests first, and is incredibally knowledgable, not only in family law, but with personal injuries, and general legal questions. She started out as a lawyer to me, and will always be a lifelong friend. I owe her a lot more than she ever charged me... and Im sure a lot of people cannot say the same about other attorneys... :)
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2008
One of the best.
I would absolutely recommend Barbara Kuehn as an attorney. She handled my case with professionalism and kept me informed continuously as to the status of my case. I always felt she had my best interest at heart. My case was a complicated case but she understood it completely. She was also extremely business like in court. I felt the fees were extremely reasonable with all the work she did for me. Barbara Kuehn is by far one of the best Family Law attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2008
Client Review
I had a divorce case with this attorney. My divorce was taken care of smoothly and quickly. Barbara kept me informed with every move, and explained in detail all of my dumb questions and made me feel confident. I would use her again, although I hope I never have the need.
Posted by Carol | August 11, 2011
Messy divorce
Barbara recently helped me get through a messy divorce and during the whole time she was not only an attorney to me, but a shoulder to cry on. Using her law expertise, I was able to walk away with more than just a good judgement, but with my dignity and the strength to move on. Kudos to Barbara for being there for me and helping me to understand what my rights are. It has now been 6 months and I feel like my divorce was the best thing that has ever happened to me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not recommend. Unprofessional
I was going through a child support battle and I found Barbara on Yelp and made an appointment due to her reviews, which I thought were outstanding. I was impressed with meeting her and felt confident with her representing me. I met her that 1 time and all other communication was via email. The day of the hearing all seemed alright until it was our turn to get heard. Miss Kuehn conducted herself in a very unprofessional manner. She rolled her eyes, cut off the other attorney and would sigh loudly. The judge took notice and the case was over before we even had a chance to get heard. Following the hearing, Miss Kuehn had the audacity to solicit her side line business with ACN to me. A couple days later she and her ACN associate contacted me to attend one of their "business meetings" Needless to say I was uninterested. At that time I did not receive a statement of the services "rendered" so I emailed her requesting the statement of charges. The bill was over $3000??!!! Holy Toledo! I expected to pay but definitely not that much! Especially since I had only seen her 2 occasions. I went down the charges and saw that she charged me $70 for a thank you email?! Each email I was charged $35??? That's outrageous! I couldn't believe what I was reviewing. It's not enough that we didn't even get to present our side, but she solicited her sideline business AND she was charging me for emails?! I ended up having to hire another attorney to essentially correct what she did not. I was not nickeled and dimed as I was with Miss Kuehn. To date I have not paid Miss Kuehn the balance owed because I firmly believe she did not do what she was supposed to do and I had to pay another attorney to do what she should've done in the first place,
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Response from Barbara Kuehn January 24, 2016
This is full of misrepresentations, exaggerations and half truths. The behavior described of me in court is something that I never do, I don't roll my eyes, nor do I sigh. My professionalism can be attested to by the over 2,000 satisfied clients that I have represented over the 20+ years practicing law. A case would not be over with without being heard by the Judge. Judges do not just hear from one side and make a decision without hearing from both sides. That is not how hearings are held. Never have I had a matter where a Judge would not allow one side to present their case, make a decision and send everyone away. In the Fee Agreement, it is clearly described what the client is billed for, and e-mails are one of those items billed to the client. We do not "nickel and dime" but bill according to the Fee Agreement that the client signs to engage the firm, having initialed each paragraph as well, acknowledging that each paragraph has been read before signing. The dollar figures mentioned by this person tell me that this information is gathered from several years ago. Billing statements are sent out periodically/monthly and are very detailed. Beware of a posting from someone who is afraid to show their identity,
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2013
Please research this attorney before you hire
I wish I would have read through Barbara Kuehn's past client reviews. I did finally conduct a google search on Barbara Kuehn and she has negative feedback from many former clients including misconduct. Barbara Kuehn did not keep me well informed about my case and I have since found another attorney to better represent me. Please take time to do your research on this attorney before you make a decision to have her represent you. I have had a very unfortunate experience in dealing with her.
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Response from Barbara Kuehn August 18, 2016
Here again, lies and misrepresentations. We take pride in keeping our clients informed of every step along the way. They are copied on all communications, sent copies of all documents generated in their case and the case is discussed over the phone and/or in person with the client from time time throughout the handling of the matter, as well as email communications with the clients. Additionally, our billing statements are incredibly detailed so that when the client reviews the bill, the client can see what transpired during that billing cycle covered by the statement. There isn't negative feedback from "many former clients" but from a disgruntled 30 year attorney intern who was terminated for having an affair with a client.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2011
Charged for services never performed.
She charged me and I paid for services that I discovered later was not performed. Since she claimed to be busy, I found and hired another attorney. After more than a year, I still haven't received a refund for the services that she never performed.
Response from Barbara Kuehn June 5, 2017
We NEVER charge for services that are not actually performed. Also, this is a false fact pattern by someone who merely wants to make me look bad to the public. Sad that someone feels compelled to do so and at approximately 2:00 a.m. (the time that the posting was received).
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 1999
updated on 01/20/2016

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.”

Interim suspension after conviction issued in CA, 1998
updated on 08/24/2015

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.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law & Mediation Offices of Barbara J. Kuehn, APC
  • 1992 - Present
  • Associate
  • Anderlini Finkelstein Emerick & Smoot
  • 1991 - 1992


  • San Francisco Law Sch
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Coll of San Mateo
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1973
  • Burlingame High School
  • 1970
  • Canada College
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Ryerson v. Graellos
  • Lower Court Decision Affirmed on Appeal, with Costs to Respondent
  • Marriage of DeVito
  • Prevailed on Appeal
  • Doe v. Doe Appeal
  • Argued Appeal in 1991


  • Peninsula Italian American Social Club
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Peninsula Social Club Foundation
  • President
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Peninsula Social Club Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2016
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
  • San Mateo County Women Lawyers Legal Education Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Indian American Bar Association of District of Columbia ssociation
  • Conference of Delegates to State Bar of California
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Soroptomist
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Selective Service Board
  • Member - Pesident Clinton Appointee
  • 1993 - 2006
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Women's Hall of Fame
  • San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women
  • 2005
  • Woman of the Year
  • American Biographical Institute
  • 1999
  • Who's Who in American Law nominee
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 1999
  • Woman of the Year, nominee
  • 1998
  • Barrister of the Year
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • 1997
  • Barrister of the Year
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • 1995
  • President's Award
  • California Women Lawyers
  • 1994
  • Barrister of the Year
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • 1994
  • Wiley M. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 1994
  • Barrister of the Year
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • 1993
  • Most Outstanding Student Member, Western Region
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • 1984
  • Women's Hall of Fame nominee 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Breaking The Glass Ceiling
  • Bias
  • 1996
  • Family Law - 101
  • Nuts & Bolts of Entry Level Family Law
  • 1995
  • Solo Practice
  • Law Practice Management
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (8)
Endorse Barbara
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!!"
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Foster City Divorce and separation Lawyer Barbara Jean Kuehn
Barbara Jean Kuehn
Divorce and separation Attorney
Foster City, CA
Licensed for 31 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999. See details