Richard O. Kissel II

Practice Group Co-Chair / Partner Indianapolis


Rick is the co-chair of the Private Client and Estate Planning practice groups. He has been practicing in the field of estate planning for over 35 years. He focuses his practice on the areas of estate, business succession, and charitable planning and gifting as well as tax, corporate transactions, buy-sell agreements, employee benefits, and other matters affecting closely-held businesses. Rick has advised corporate executives, owners of closely-held businesses, and other individuals on a variety of domestic and international tax issues. He has also been involved in the creation of numerous publicly supported charities and private foundations. Rick is a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer, as certified by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board, and is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate and by Best Lawyers in America® for closely held companies and family businesses law. Rick is also ranked in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Indiana.

Rick has been involved in projects that include the recapitalization of closely-held businesses, disputes among trust beneficiaries, and trust and will contests. He has also prepared required trust language and represented corporate trustees in numerous situations.


All Service Areas


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law (1985)
  • Indiana University, B.S. (1981)


  • State - Illinois
  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Member, Real Property Section
    Member, Probate and Trust Law Section

  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Member, Trust and Estate Planning Divisions

  • Indianapolis Bar Association


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

    Indiana State Chair

Community Involvement

  • Horizon House

    Former Member, Board of Directors

  • Dance Kaleidoscope

    Former Member, Board of Directors
    Former Co-Chair, Finance Committee

  • Lambda Legal

    Member, Indiana Benefit Host Committee

  • Simon Youth Foundation, Inc.

    Former Member, Board of Directors
    Former Member, Executive Committee

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation

    Past Chair, Professional Advisors Leadership Council

  • Indiana School of Medicine

    Member, Planned Giving Committee