Harold R. Kemp

Founder (1950-2011)

In 2011, the Partners, Staff and Clients of KSR lost our inspirational champion, Harold R. Kemp.

Harold took the role of Counselor-At-Law very seriously and this aspect of his personality made him not only a great lawyer, but also a fantastic employer and friend. He loved to listen to people and he was truly happy for you when things were well in your life. He would also willingly offer a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand or sound financial and/or relationship advice if things were not going as planned.

Harold learned the phrase, “practicing law is like drinking from a fire hose,” from one of his law school professors. It was his favorite expression and he applied it to everything that he did in life. He wanted to make every minute of life productive and count towards something. In other words, he wanted to drink in every drop of life from that fire hose.

Although Harold’s energy and exuberance is greatly missed by all of us, the foundation of his legacy in the area of law lives on with the attorneys at KSR, including his daughter, Lauren A. Kemp.

Career Highlights

• Harold graduated from Otterbein College in 1971 and from Capital University Law School in 1974. Harold practiced exclusively Domestic Relations Law from 1974 to 2011. Harold was involved as counsel in over 5,000 cases just in Franklin County. His practice also included the representation of clients in all counties throughout Ohio.

• Harold had substantial trial and litigation experience, including over 100 appellate cases. He also presented and argued cases in the Ohio Supreme Court.

• In 2000, Harold was in the very first group of attorneys to become a Certified Specialist in the Field of Family Relations Law in the State of Ohio. Harold was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ( from 1987 to 2011.

• In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Harold was named a Super Lawyer. Annually, Super Lawyers Magazine publishes the names of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Harold was admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, State of Colorado, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Supreme Court. He was also heavily involved with the Columbus Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.

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