Biography

Commissioner Kea S. Bird-Riley was appointed as Family Court Commissioner to Division 41 by the judges of the Jackson County Circuit Court on March 16, 2018. She will oversee the Family Drug Court in addition to other dockets

At the time of her appointment, Commissioner Bird-Riley was an attorney with the law firm of Krigel & Krigel, P.C. Her legal practice included representing clients in matters involving dissolutions, custody modifications, adoptions, child abuse and neglect, paternity, and protective orders. She served as a mediator in family law matters, and was a presenter for Guardian ad Litem training seminars. Her past legal practice also included litigating insurance matters.

Commissioner Bird-Riley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. She earned her B.S. degree in 1998 in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Business, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. She worked as a marketing and public relations executive prior to attending law school.

Commissioner Kea-Bird Riley is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.