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Mr. Kempe joined us in February, 2017 after completion of his post doctorate studies at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he obtained his LL.M. degree in tax law.  While there he completed the paper, Trustee Grant of Power, A Simpler Approach to Modifying GST Exempt Trusts, which is out for publication:  http://www.jckempe.com/news-and-events/research-and-papers/ .

A graduate of Stetson University College of Law and Dartmouth College, with an AB degree in Economics, Mr. Kempe’s background and education are diverse.  While attending law school, he assisted Professor Robert Levine with the creative marketing (including animations) for his book, The UCC Made Easy. He also held internships with the General Counsel’s Office of NOAA- The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, where he performed regulatory research, and Skyway Capital Partners, where he assisted with research on laws affecting securities and investment advisors under the ’33 and ’34 Acts.  An alumni, he held internships with this firm where he participated in numerous estate and business planning projects and performed investment due diligence on a variety of investment opportunities, ranging from a Mel Fisher salvage and exploration investment opportunity to interest rate swaps. He was also admitted to study abroad during law school and attended the Cayman Island Law School, where he studied international banking, the law of the seas, and carriage of goods.

While at Dartmouth College, Mr. Kempe was a four year starting quarterback on the varsity football team, where he helped lead them from an 0-10 freshman year to a tie for second in the Ivy League his senior year.  He ended his football career at Dartmouth ranked  third all time in passing yards and completions. His #16 jersey was retired at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida after establishing several football passing records. His junior year he interned with Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL 17), in Washington, D.C., and was admitted and attended the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College’s total immersion Bridge Program, where he studied global investment banking, finance, management, and marketing. His sophomore year, he and ten other teammates studied abroad, where he was admitted and attended the University of Sydney, Australia’s, developmental economics program.

Mr. Kempe is a member of our Business, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management Departments.