Joseph C. Kempe, Esq., LL.M
Joseph C. Kempe, Esq., has been active in non-profit and community service his entire professional career. He organized the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation in 1988 and served on its Board of Trustees for 32 years and its Investment Committee through 2020 and the Covid pandemic. He resigned as Chair in 2020 as part of a reorganization of its management and to focus on the Firm’s growth and expansion. Mr. Kempe also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, which operates the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. In late 2020 Mr. Kempe resigned from all nonprofit boards and offices to focus on the expansion of the Firm and guidance of its teams of professionals, including two sons. As sports were an integral part of his upbringing, he is an active sponsor of the athletic teams and academic institutions in which his four children participate or have participated.
Mr. Kempe’s oldest son, Conner Ryan, graduated from Dartmouth College and was a four-year starting quarterback. He finished his football career ranked third all-time in Dartmouth’s total yards, passing yards, and completions. Conner was accepted and attended the Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth, is a graduate of Stetson Law School, and received a post doctorate LL.M., degree in Tax Law at 5th ranked University of San Diego Law School. Conner is now a member of the Firm.
Mr. Kempe’s older daughter, Kirby Catherine, is a Rice University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate who attended on Trustee Distinguished and Century Scholar scholarships, and was the recipient of a Century Scholar Undergraduate Research Mentorship. As an intern at The Max Planck Institute in Evolutionary Economics in Jena, Germany, Kirby studied under and assisted its Director, Dr. Ulrich Whitt. After accelerating her PhD in experimental and behavioral economics on a full scholarship at the eighth ranked Experimental Economics Department in the World, The Ohio State University, she became a postdoctoral fellow in economics at Stanford University. While there she accepted a professorship at the California Institute of Technology, commonly rated the #1 research University in the World, and her and her husband, Sam Nielsen, are presently living in Glendale, California. In 2023, Kirby was presented with the international Exeter Award in London for the most outstanding paper published in Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Decision Theory, 2023.
Colby Jack, Mr. Kempe’s younger son, was an All American high school lacrosse player who graduated from Tufts University, with a U.S. History major, and was a member of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA National Championship lacrosse teams. Colby was also accepted and attended the Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth and graduated cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law on an academic scholarship. Colby also received a tax law LL.M degree while attending the University of Florida’s 3rd ranked tax law program, where he graduated with honors. Colby is also a member of the Firm.
Mr. Kempe’s younger daughter, Kylie Layne, was also a high school All American lacrosse player at The Benjamin School and received the Jackie Pitts Award from US Lacrosse her senior year of high school. She was a member of the Division I lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University and an Academic All Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and graduated with a Political Science degree with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. She presently attends Stetson University School of Law.
Mr. Kempe and his wife, Tami, have resided on the Treasure Coast since 1983 and he has resided in South Florida since 1957.
Florida Bar Article: Integration of Trusts with Retirement Accounts:http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/JNJournal01.nsf/Author/A61DACFC78A431E285256ADB005D5E9E
Reverse QPRTs: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/0935004.pdf
Merger and Modification of Irrevocable Trusts: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/0804013.pdf