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James R. Angell

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James R. Angell (Jim) is the managing partner for Kennedy Berkley, P.A., and a strategic advisor specializing in farm and ranch estate planning across Kansas and the surrounding states. Jim provides comprehensive services to protect clients' assets and legacies, ensuring operations remain within the family and addressing the unique tax challenges faced by farmers and ranchers. His deep understanding of the agricultural sector allows him to tailor estate plans that preserve farmland, maintain family ownership, and navigate complex regulations.

Jim's expertise includes high-end corporate agriculture operations and small community initiatives, ensuring each client receives tailored and meticulous attention. Recognized as an authority in agribusiness and frequently featured in leading agricultural publications, he helps clients secure their estates, optimize tax benefits, and navigate complex regulations to preserve their family’s future.

In addition to his estate planning prowess, Jim has notable experience in banking, focusing on commercial finance and asset-based lending. He has successfully guided financial institutions through creditors' rights cases, debt restructuring, and commercial foreclosure issues. Jim's banking acumen, combined with his dedication to client success, makes him an invaluable asset in both estate planning and financial advisory roles.

Practice Details

In addition to his banking practice, Jim also represents individuals and businesses in agribusiness and trust and estate matters. 


In the agribusiness field, Jim’s clients range from family farms to commercial operations. His practice emphasizes agricultural lending on both sides of the transaction, providing strategic counsel throughout every step of the process.


With his trusts and estate practice, Jim advises high-net-worth individuals, farmers and ranchers on estate, tax and succession planning, ensuring their legacies and assets are protected.


Kennedy Berkley is recognized within Kansas and throughout the Midwest for our knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry. Our agribusiness lawyers represent local, regional, and national agribusiness clients, including agricultural co-ops, grain farmers, livestock producers, equipment manufacturers, input suppliers, agricultural lenders, and other ag-related businesses, in all aspects of their operations.

About Jim

A native of Downs, Kansas, Jim joined Kennedy Berkley in 1999 after graduating from Washburn University School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis on accounting from the University of Kansas. 


Jim serves on the Board of Directors for The Bank of Tescott, a $400MM Kansas bank. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association, and is actively involved in several charitable and community organizations.


Kansas, 2000

Missouri, 2012


University of Kansas, B.S.

Washburn University School of Law, J.D.

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