Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt, P.C.

Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt, P.C.

Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt, P.C. is a multi-specialty law firm representing clients throughout West Michigan.

Firm Overview

The firm, a holder of an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, provides diversified legal services, including professional liability defense and product liability defense in state and federal courts, corporate and business law, estate planning, labor and employment law, employee benefit planning, individual and business tax planning, real estate law, and other specialties.

Main Office

Main Office
720 State Street, P.O. Box 890
St. Joseph, MI 49085



Estate Planning

Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt, P.C. will represent your Estate Planning legal matters.

Wills and living trusts; business succession planning; charitable planning, including charitable remainder trusts and charitable foundations; gifting programs and irrevocable trusts, involving life insurance, marketable securities, closely held businesses, family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies (LLC's) and generation skipping transfers; and retirement plan and IRA distribution planning.

Paul Taglia

Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt, P.C.

Shareholder; admitted to bar, 1959, Michigan; 1960 U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.

University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1953; J.D., 1959).
Pro Bono Positions
Counsel to Hearing Panel #3, State Bar Grievance Board, 4th Congressional District, 1971-1979; Special Counsel to Attorney Grievance Commission, 1980-1984; Hearing Panel Member / Panelist-at-Large, Attorney Discipline Board, 1984-1993; Hearing Panel Member / Berrien County Hearing Panel, Attorney Discipline Board 1993-present.

Professional Organizations
Member, State Bar of Michigan (Member Special Committee on Specialization in Legal Practice, 1971-1976); Member, American Bar Association; Member, Berrien County Bar Association (President, 1978-1979).

Honors and Awards
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Life Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation; Michigan Super Lawyers 2006 Selection.

Litigation Experience
Includes commercial code (UCC) cases; eminent domain (condemnation) proceedings; the defense of claims against corporate directors and officers liability, including FSLIC and RTC cases; insurance coverage disputes; the defense of products liability and negligence claims; the defense of professional malpractice claims; the defense of civil rights claims; news media First Amendment cases, including the defense of newspapers in libel actions; municipal law cases; contract disputes; construction industry cases; complex divorce cases; the defense of criminal charges against individuals and businesses.

Practice Concentration
Litigation in State and Federal Courts. General Civil Litigation Practice and Select Criminal Cases. Real Estate Law; Insurance Coverage Disputes; Domestic Relations Matters; Contract Law; UCC and Business Law Cases.


University of Notre Dame