Conner R. Kempe, Esq., LL.M.
Mr. Kempe joined the Firm 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 his thesis, Trustee Grant of Power, A Simpler Approach to Modifying GST Exempt Trusts: https://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. While in law school, 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 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, 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 has spoken to JTHS-MIAMI Association of Realtors on Helping Foreign Buyers & Sellers of Florida Real Property, which explored the issues confronting foreign buyers and sellers of Florida real estate, including who is a non-US person for these purposes; entity purchaser considerations, including home country implications; homestead; entity sales considerations; and compliance with the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). FIRPTA Outline
During 2021-2022, Mr. Kempe lead the firm’s initiatives into digital assets and blockchain technology. He received a certificate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, on Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application, and attended the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, England, program on How are Cryptocurrencies Driving Innovation, where he received a second certificate in blockchain technology. The Firm is developing its expertise in these areas, as they relate to property rights, taxation, and their place in transitions of wealth.
Mr. Kempe serves the Florida Bar Association as a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Principle & Income Committee, which focuses on statutory modifications of the laws that affect accounting and the economic and tax consequences of the principal and income of trusts and estates. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section committees on Estate and Gift Tax and the Crypto Task Force. During 2019-2020, he served as Co-Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Estate & Probate Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Mr. Kempe is a member of our Business, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management Departments.