Richard English

Kelly Jernigan Commerce Trust

Richard English, J.D.

Managing Director, Commerce Family Office

ABOUT Richard

Richard is the managing director of Commerce Family Office in Kansas City. In that role, he collaborates closely with clients on strategies for addressing the complex personal, family, and financial challenges that can accompany significant wealth and often impact current and future generations. 

Richard works to help clients integrate core values into wealth planning and decision making, translate vision and mission statements into actionable solutions, implement successful family communication strategies, and establish effective family governance structures and processes. He has more than 35 years of experience providing comprehensive and sophisticated services to multiple high net worth families. 

Prior to joining the Commerce Family Office team, Richard was a partner at Stinson Leonard Street serving as co-chair of the firm’s Tax, Trusts, and Estates practice division. In his law practice, he represented individuals and families in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and related litigation. He also represented corporate fiduciaries in connection with trust and estate administration and related litigation. 

Richard holds a law degree from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. During his practice, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and included in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate. Additionally, he is a member of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City as well as a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. As a volunteer, Richard has served on numerous boards and committees for various charitable organizations.