About Us

Wealth management made personal

Commerce Family Office is a specialized division of The Commerce Trust Company, which has provided investment management and fiduciary services since 1906.

Commerce Family Office was established to serve families who want personalized, objective advice on a broader range of issues and with a higher level of strategic oversight for certain aspects of their financial lives. We offer tailored financial advice and insights to help you build and grow your legacy. Your family’s services will be led and coordinated by a senior advisor who is backed by specialists in a variety of fields to meet your family’s unique needs.

The Commerce Family Office Executive Team

David Krauss and Richard English lead the Commerce Family Office team with more than 60 years of collective experience providing sophisticated, personalized and highly collaborative services to high-net-worth families. They oversee the efforts of your senior family advisor, who is supported by a team of specialists with deeper knowledge in their areas of specialty, including investment consulting, tax planning, private banking, trust administration, real estate, family-owned businesses, philanthropy, wealth education, and family governance.

Commerce Family Office advisors help families integrate core values into wealth planning and decision making, translate vision and mission statements into actionable solutions, implement successful communication strategies and establish governance structures.

Meet the management team.*

David Krauss, JD Managing Director, St. Louis

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Prior to joining Commerce Family Office, David was a partner at The Stolar Partnership, where he served for 35 years as a tax lawyer and head of the law firm’s family office practice. David has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law and the Best Lawyers in America – Non-profit/Charity.

David received his JD at Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree in economics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a member of the Clayton School Board for nearly 10 years and the board of the Gateway Center for Giving for nine years. His community service includes extensive involvement in the planning and development of the Center of Clayton Athletic Facility.

Richard English, JD Managing Director, Kansas City

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Before joining the Commerce Family Office team, Richard was a partner at Stinson Leonard Street, where he served as co-chair of the firm’s Tax, Trusts and Estates practice division. He represented individuals, families, and corporate fiduciaries in connection with trust and estate planning and administration and related litigation. During his practice, Richard was listed in The Best Lawyers of America and the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas as well as a fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Richard holds a law degree from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Richard has served several charitable organizations, including The Barstow School, the Blue Valley Educational Foundation, Colonial Presbyterian Church Foundation, and Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

*This material is not intended as a solicitation for legal services or representation.

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