Fawn Kennedy Dessy
Fawn Kennedy Dessy is a native of Bakersfield who attended Bakersfield College and California State University, Bakersfield. She graduated from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law and passed the Bar exam in 1979, returning to Bakersfield to practice law in 1980. She worked for the Law Office of Thomas Fallgatter until October 1984 when she established her own office, specializing in all aspects of real estate law. The merger of her practice with that of her spouse, Ronald D. Dessy, in 1985 resulted in an expansion of the firm’s ability to handle more complex litigation, in addition to transactional work.
She is a community-oriented individual who teaches courses and conducts seminars on real property related matters through such organizations as California State University Bakersfield, the Department of Real Estate, the California Apartment Association, the Institute of Real Estate Management, and the Kern County Income Property Owner’s Association. She is a founding member and an officer of the Kern River Public Access Committee, a non-profit corporation established in 1983 to facilitate the preservation of public access to areas along the Kern River. She is the legal consultant for the Native American Heritage Preservation Council of Kern County and a sponsor/committee member of the Standing Bear PowWow held annually at Bakersfield College. Fawn is also a member of the State Bar Association of California, the National Native American Bar Association, and the Kern County Bar Association.
Her sense of adventure, which has led her to become an avid hiker and equestrian, is probably a matter of genetics. Both of her parent’s families came to the San Joaquin Valley in the 1930’s during the Dust Bowl Era. Both also descend from founding families of Virginia, the Hollands of England who arrived in Virginia in 1620 and the Poindexters of the Isle of Jersey, who arrived in Virginia in 1656. Her mother is also of Cherokee descent, and her father descends from the last chief of the Wicocomico Indians (Powhatan) of Virginia.
Fawn is a member of the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution, having eight direct ancestors who are recognized patriots of the Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Wicocomico Indian Tribe, the Nuluti Equani Ehi Tribe of North Carolina, the Southern Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and the Southern Cherokee of Kentucky. She is eligible for membership in Colonial Dames and in Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Ronald Dessy is a first generation American, whose father was Hungarian and mother was German. They emigrated to America in the 1930’s and settled in the Los Angeles area. Ron graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1970. He did his undergraduate studies at Santa Monica Junior College, the University of Southern California, and through the University of the Air Force.
Ron spent 4 years’ active duty in Air Force intelligence during the Vietnam War. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1979 from the University of San Fernando Valley, College of Law, where he met his wife, Fawn. After graduating from law school, Ron and Fawn moved to Bakersfield, where they were married in 1980.
Ron has practiced law in Bakersfield since 1980, with an initial focus on criminal law and family law. With the merger of his practice with that of his wife, his practice has focused on real estate and business litigation, and transactional matters. Ron is a member of the California Bar Association and the Kern County Bar Association, has served as a Judge Pro Tem for over 15 years, and is a arbitrator for the Kern County Bar Association in connection with fee disputes.
In his time out of the office, Ron enjoys traveling, particularly on cruises, recreational flying, gardening, reading, and riding his horse, Jake. Ron and Fawn reside on their small ranch in Hart Flat with their horses, mule, cows, chickens and dogs.