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Kurt D. Van Sciver

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Kurt Van Sciver focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation. He has served as lead counsel in multiple bench trials before the probate court. He regularly litigates issues such as breach of fiduciary duties, accounting issues, spousal property petitions, and trust ownership of property. Representative clients include trustees, trust beneficiaries, executors, and conservators.

Kurt primarily practices in Kern County. He has written briefs for state and federal appellate courts and he has argues in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable Stephen J. Markman of the Michigan Supreme Court and the Honorable Daniel Manion of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kurt is the former President of the Probate Section of the Kern County Bar Association. He is a co-founder of the local chapter of the Federalist Society.

He lives in Bakersfield with his wife Megan and their five children.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Kern County Bar Association, 2009 - Present

Kern County Bar Association, 2013

- Probate Section President

Kern County Bar Association, 2012

- Probate Section Vice President

Kern County Bar Association, 2011

- Probate Section Treasurer


Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, 2009 - Present

Michigan Supreme Court, Honorable Stephen J. Markman, Lansing, MI, Law Clerk, 2006 - 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Honorable Daniel A. Manion, South Bend, IN, Law Clerk, 2008 - 2009

  • Bachelor of Arts Thomas Aquinas College - College Santa Paula, CA 2002
  • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude Ave Maria School of Law - Graduate School Ann Arbor, MI 2006
  • Michigan 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit 2009
  • California 2009

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