Ann Arbor attorney dies at age 69


Attorney David Kempner died suddenly on June 12 from a heart attack at the age of 69.

A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of Michigan Law School, Kempner joined the firm of Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels in Ann Arbor in 1992 and worked almost exclusively in the field of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis in traditional labor relations including union-management matters, representing employers in all types of labor matters, including all aspects of bargaining discipline, grievance and arbitration. He represented clients in the area of employment litigation including civil rights, unfair labor practice, wrongful discharge and whistleblower matters and provided representation in administrative matters before the NLRB/MERC (labor law), EEOC/MDCR (civil rights), MESC (unemployment) and the Wage & Hour Divisions of the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Michigan.

Kempner developed employment policies and work rules for clients and provided advice on various labor and employment matters to municipal employers (cities, villages and counties), other public boards and authorities, and private businesses, union as well as non-union.

He served as labor counsel for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority since 1981, and over the years negotiated numerous union contracts, provided counsel and assistance on personnel and human resource matters and successfully represented management in litigation, administrative hearings and labor arbitration matters.

He was a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Washtenaw County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

In his leisure time, Kempner enjoyed golfing, and music.

Kempner is survived by his wife Patty, daughters Abby (Scott), Samantha (Omkar), Maggie (Victor); sister Alalia (Fred), and four granddaughters Nora, Etta, Maya, and Neela.

A celebration of life was held at his home on June 18. Donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.