Richard S. Kinyon, Esq.

Title: Partner
Company: Shartsis Friese LLP
Location: Novato, California, United States

Richard S. Kinyon, Esq., Partner at Shartsis Friese LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal work.
Inspired by the launch of Sputnik, Mr. Kinyon decided to pursue a career in mathematics following his high school graduation. He proceeded to attend the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics by 1961. He then accepted a position at an aerospace company while pursuing a Master’s degree, but it was this role that prompted him to realize this was not the career path for him. Mr. Kinyon then chose to enroll at the University of Minnesota Law School, acquiring a Juris Doctor by 1965. In the time that followed, he was certified as a specialist in taxation by the specialization committee of the State Bar of California.
From 1965 until 2013, Mr. Kinyon worked as an associate partner and senior counsel with Morrison & Forester LLP. He then relocated to Shartsis Freise LLP, becoming a partner. He remains in this role today. Moreover, he is a trust for the Estate and Planning Section and the Taxation Section for the California Lawyers Association. A member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Kinyon has been listed as a SuperLawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, and he earned the California Sprit of Continuing Education of the Bar in 2015. Within the next five years, Mr. Kinyon hopes to retire. However, he would like to continue in his tax policy endeavors part-time for as long as he can.

Mr. Kinyon co-wrote an article with Kirsten Wolff, Esq. entitled,” The California Throwback Tax Applicable to Distributions of Previously Untaxed Accumulated Trust Income to California Resident Beneficiaries.” The topic of this paper was presented to the 2020 Sacramento delegation to their legislative staff, and to the legislative staffs of the California Franchise Tax Board and the California State Board of Equalization via Zoom.

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