David Kempen

Associate ( San Francisco )

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An outstanding writer and researcher, David Kempen uses his strong communication skills to produce clear and compelling documents for clients dealing with complex commercial litigation.

Informed by his tenure as a judicial law clerk and externship experience representing children and parents separated by the foster care system, David is conversant in multiple areas of civil and criminal law. He is particularly adept at supporting clients in challenging circumstances, working with them to tell their stories persuasively. David’s experiences include work on cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and representing corporations in employee torts cases.



Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2022)
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Sean P. Dabel, Superior Court of San Mateo County, California (2021)



University of California - Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2022, magna cum laude
Order of the Coif, Thurston Society, UC Hastings Honor Society
Senior Production Editor, Hastings Law Journal
Moot Court
Witkin Awards (Constitutional Law I & II, Criminal Law, Property Law, and Brief Writing & Motion Advocacy)
CALI Awards (Pre-trial Litigation and Legal Writing and Research)
Hofstra University, B.S., Science in Television Production, 2017

Bar Admissions


Publications & Presentations

“Silver Linings: What Zoom Taught Me About Life, Learning, and Legal Practice,” (co-panelist) Western Regional Virtual Legal Writing Conference. How Technology is Transforming Legal Education and Practice (November 13, 2020)