Dean Nelson, Taunt Law Firm
I have practiced bankruptcy and insolvency law my entire career, along with general litigation matters and representing small businesses from formation to general counsel issues. My bankruptcy practice primarily consists of representing Chapter 7 trustees (mostly in consumer cases), consumer debtors in chapter 7, the occasional creditor, and bankruptcy litigants in contested matters, adversary proceedings, and bankruptcy appeals. I have worked at the Taunt Law Firm since being admitted to practice in 2007. In law school, I participated in judicial internships with the Hon. George C. Steeh, U.S. District Court, E.D. Mich. (2005) and the Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. Mich. (2006). I am a member of the Federal Bar Association (E.D. Mich. Chapter), Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association, and American Bankruptcy Institute. I am a frequent seminar panelist, having presented at events sponsored by the CBA, ABI, and ICLE on a wide variety of bankruptcy topics over the years. I have been recognized by Super Lawyers (2023; Rising Star 2017-2020). I was on the Advisory Board for ABI’s 2023 Central States Workshop. Finally, I recently became Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification (2023)
My interaction with the CBA has been on many fronts. I regularly attend and have presented at the CBA’s veteran’s day conference. I have participated in the CBA’s annual golf outing in recent years (despite having no golf skills), and I have attended (and been a panelist on) other workshops and seminars sponsored by the CBA. I believe what I have to offer the CBA is my commitment to continuing education in the legal profession. Between the seminars I have attended, those I have spoken at, and those I have helped plan, I have a wide variety of experience that can be put to good use as a CBA Board Member. Further, I believe strongly that the bankruptcy bar is strengthened by social engagements outside of court and even seminars. For this reason, I am eager to lend my hand as a Board Member, if elected, to assist in planning existing (and potentially new) CBA events that bring the consumer bar together in social settings.