Richard S. Kinyon

Richard Kinyon is a partner in the Family Wealth Planning practice group. He specializes in the design and implementation of complex domestic and international estate plans for high-net-worth U.S. and non-resident individuals, including the establishment of various sophisticated irrevocable trusts and family investment companies; and he represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in connection with the administration of estates and trusts, including litigation. Mr. Kinyon advises closely held business owner clients how to pass interests in their businesses to younger-generation family members and others in a tax-advantaged and creditor-protected manner. He also advises wealthy individuals on how to similarly transfer their real estate and other investment assets to the objects of their bounty via a family investment company.


Mr. Kinyon has lectured for numerous educational institutions, various local estate planning councils and other organizations. He has authored chapters in California CEB treatises on drafting business buyout agreements, tax planning for the prospective retiree, using family partnerships as an estate planning tool, the income tax aspects of estates and trusts, “Overview of Estate Planning Practice” (in California Estate Planning), “Dynasty Trusts” (in Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts), and “Family Investment Companies” (in Business Succession Planning). He also has written a number of articles for the CEB Estate Planning & California Probate Reporter, for which he also has served as guest editor, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate NEWS, the ACTEC Law Journal, and other professional publications.

Mr. Kinyon has been active in a number of professional organizations for which he has served as Chairman, including: the Committee on Tax Legislation & Regulations: Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates, of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association; the Subcommittee on State Inheritance and Gift Taxes of the Estate Planning Committee of the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of California; and the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section of the San Francisco Bar Association. Mr. Kinyon is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).

Mr. Kinyon has been certified as a Specialist in Taxation Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization since 1973.

Mr. Kinyon has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America since 1987 and a Super Lawyer since 2004.


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (B.A., 1961)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1965)
  • Mr. Kinyon served as a member (1963–1965) and Editor-in-Chief (1964–1965) of the Minnesota Law Review.


Contact Richard S. Kinyon

Contact Richard S. Kinyon

Shartsis Friese LLP
One Maritime Plaza
18th Floor
San Francisco, California  94111
Phone: (415) 773-7211
Fax: (415) 421-2922


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