We do not require a retainer. Fortunately, when the Pandemic hit us in March 2020, we had already been a paperless office for many years with two cloud based case management systems. However, the Pandemic propelled us to make many improvements to our client service protocols, retainer requirements, direct calendaring, electronic exchanges and remote systems being some examples. This has allowed our firm to concentrate more on client service and less on wasteful antiquated management systems. If you entrust us with your family law matter, you'll be in excellent hands.

When It's Over,
It's time to move on



Bernie J. Kempen is a Family Law Specialist
Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

When we accept your case and you become our client, we will not only be at your side, we will be on your side.

We believe that we serve your best interest if we aggressively seek to settle your case out of court.

However, if the other side is unreasonable, we do not compromise and zealously argue your case to the court.

We have a deeply held professional philosophy concerning each area of family law we practice.

We shall personally explain our professional philosophy related to your particular circumstances when we contact you to discuss your case.

In order to bring quality service to you, we have a team of professionals ready to process your case.

We respond to any queries within 24-hours and have the ability to act very swiftly in cases of emergency. We are also available on a 24-hour basis in cases of need.


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. – 1992
    • Honors: Public Interest Scholar
  • University of Cape Town, Rondebosch
    • B.A. – 1978
    • Major: Constitutional Law
    • Major: Comparative African Govt. & Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993


  • Rotary, Outstanding Service
  • Certificate of Recognition, Castro Valley Unified School District

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Castro Valley Rotary, Past President, 2006 to 2007
  • San Francisco School of the Arts PTSA, Vice President
  • San Francisco School of the Arts PTSA, School Site Council, Board Member
  • Castro Vally Arts Foundation, Director
  • Castro Valley Unified School District, Leadership Council, 2001 to 2001

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2002

Professional Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association, Member, 1993

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • J. Walter Thompson, Account Director, 1975 to 1981
  • Superior Court County of Alameda, Judge Pro Tempore, 2002 to 2002

San Francisco

1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104

(415) 688-2400


1301 G Street
Suite A
Modesto, CA 95354

(415) 688-2400