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Growing up as a military/government employee dependent Barbara Kuehn had an opportunity to start traveling the world at the age of two weeks, starting in Germany two weeks after her birth in Frankfurt and heading home to Athens, Greece with her parents. Thereafter, as a youngster, her family lived throughout the United States and in Germany. When a sophomore in High School she moved to Foster City, California.


She has remained in San Mateo County throughout most of her adult life and has been a small business owner in San Mateo since July, 1992. She has developed a thriving and growing law practice specializing in the area of family law, maintaining an active case load. Since opening her office, she has handled in excess of 2,400 matters.


Summary of Qualifications

Encompassing a work history of in excess of 40 years in the legal profession, she has held various positions beginning as a Calendar Clerk in 1974, with a series of progressions to that of legal secretary, paralegal and into upper management. In June 1991 she was admitted to practice law in California with a Doctorate degree in law and maintains her own law practice, continuing to emphasize in all areas of family law since 1992. She is also a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.



Summary of Employment History

From 1974 until 1981 she was employed as a legal secretary and in 1981 obtained her first paralegal/legal assistant position which included office managerial duties as well.


Until June, 1991, she worked as a paralegal with firms specializing in personal injury and worked with such firms as The Boccardo Law Firm (San Jose); Law Offices of Gerald Sterns (San Francisco); Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner & Kane (Redwood City) and finally at Anderlini, Guheen, Finkelstein & Emerick (San Mateo) before opening her own practice in San Mateo.


After being admitted to practice in California in June, 1991, she accepted a position with Anderlini, Guheen, Finkelstein & Emerick as the family law associate. Additionally, less than a year after being admitted to practice, and while with the Anderlini firm, she had the formidable opportunity of arguing a civil case before the Court of Appeals in San Francisco.


In July, 1992, she opened her own office continuing to emphasize in the area of family law and has excelled in that endeavor as well, having brought with her from the Anderlini firm 35 of her 39 clients and since that time, increased the client base to in excess of 2,400.


In April, 1996, her firm became incorporated. She continues to focus her practice on all areas of family law litigation and mediation. From December, 1998 to December, 1999 she closed her law practice and opened a mediation only practice. In December, 1999, she re-opened her law practice.


She has maintained her office as a solo practitioner.





  • Mediation Certification, 1998
  • San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California, JD, 1985
  • College of San Mateo, San Mateo, California, AA, 1973
  • Cañada College, Redwood City, California, 1971
  • Burlingame High School, Burlingame, California, 1970



  • America's Top 50 Lawyers - Family Law - California - 2022
  • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award Winner, 1994 (Given by the State Bar of California)
  • San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame nominee, 1994, 1996-1998, inducted into Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Appointed by President Clinton February 1993 to the Selective Service Board and held that position for more than 10 years



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Barbara J. Kuehn - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Family Law - California

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