Richard J. Wolkowitz
There is nothing more professionally rewarding to me than helping my colleagues and our family clients achieve a more purposeful life by maximizing the connectivity between the family and the family enterprise.
Richard J. Wolkowitz
As vice president of The Family Business Consulting Group, Rich is a primary resource for the family enterprise community — and the advisors who serve them — to understand how our firm supports their multigenerational vision. Rich brings deep experience to his role, overseeing the firm’s external growth, operations and key relationships.
Rich has been immersed in the family business field for over 25 years in a wide variety of professional, leadership and management capacities working in and advising families. He was a partner for a national law firm focused on domestic and international business transactions, representing closely held businesses and their respective executives and family-owned enterprises and their families. In addition to advising clients, Rich developed and led the firm’s international law practice group.
Thereafter, Rich served as third-generation member and business leader of his family’s multi-state automotive dealership network and finance firms with an embedded family office. After that enterprise began winddown, Rich began his role as fiduciary for both a single-family office and a multi-family office with operating business portfolios in retail, finance, manufacturing, technology, insurance, wealth management, real estate and alternative investments. He served as consigliere to family office principals on their personal family matters, philanthropy, business structures, strategies, management, operations, investments, legal issues and culture-building. Rich also provided multigenerational wealth management planning, stewardship and mentoring.
Rich has served as trustee and on the boards of directors, advisory boards, and as interim CEO for domestic and international growth companies, turn-arounds and early-stage businesses. Rich also worked in The White House as staff attorney for the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- Master of Laws (LLM) summa cum laude in International Transactions and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center
- Doctor of Law (JD) cum laude and Editor of the Law Review from Gonzaga University School of Law
- Bachelor of Science (BS) with honors in Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana; Studied abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Israel
- Member, Missouri State Bar
- Member, District of Columbia Bar
Rich lives in Creve Coeur, Missouri with his wife of 30+ years and their two dogs. He was elected to the Creve Coeur City Council for 10 years and served on several municipal and county boards and commissions. The St. Louis Business Journal named Rich a “40 under 40” in 2002. He is the father of three wildly successful, independent and outspoken daughters — each of whom have different passions and interests — but together as a family, they enjoy politics, international travel, dogs, hiking, and all St. Louis sports teams and cuisine.