Charles J. Taunt
Charles J. ‘Chuck’ Taunt of Bloomfield Village, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019. The Taunt Law Firm’s goal is to honor Chuck’s memory by serving its clients with the same enthusiasm, empathy, and expertise as he did.
Chuck attended Brother Rice High School, Michigan State University and Detroit College of Law. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit Chuck entered the legal field as a solo practitioner and enjoyed a successful law practice for 45 years. He was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He served as a Panel Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for more than 30 years and held memberships in both state and federal bar associations. He also served as a Special Investigator and Volunteer Arbitrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission, Case Evaluator for Oakland County Circuit Court, was appointed Receiver in many state and federal court cases, and was a speaker at numerous conferences in the areas of asset protection, bankruptcy and estate planning. Chuck loved mentoring young lawyers and was known by his legal peers for his kindness, civility and high ethical standards.
Always a strong supporter of Catholic education, Chuck’s involvement with Brother Rice High School spanned decades. He served as an officer for the Dads’ Club, President of the Alumni Association, Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and General Counsel for the school. He was honored by Brother Rice as a Distinguished Alumni and inducted into the Hall of Fame. In recent years he became involved with Saint Michael’s Academy in Petoskey as Legal Counsel, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors.
Although his professional and civic accomplishments were many, his favorite times were spent with family at his vacation home in Harbor Springs or as an exuberant fan at sporting events for grandchildren’s hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, swimming and gymnastic competitions. Chuck had many adventurous hobbies; he was a downhill skier, long-distance cyclist, sail boat and power boat captain, and his favorite – piloting his Cirrus airplane.