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The law firm of Taylor, Butterfield, Howell, Churchill & Garner P.C. was founded by the late Robert L. Taylor.  Bob Taylor began practicing law in Lapeer upon his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School in 1937.  In addition to his general law practice, Mr. Taylor was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Lapeer County in 1942 and 1944.  Unable to volunteer for service in World War II due to his eyesight, Bob Taylor volunteered to serve with the United Nations Refugee Agency in

Europe from 1946 through 1951 where he helped deal with the humanitarian crisis created by the millions of displaced persons from the war. 

Returning to Lapeer in 1951, Mr. Taylor resumed his law practice and became one of the prominent attorneys in Lapeer County.  Highlights of his law practice included incorporating Champion Home Builders in the early 1950's, representing Lapeer County Bank & Trust and serving on its Board of Directors, and undertaking the representation of a large majority of the townships within Lapeer County.  Due to the growth of his law practice, Bob Taylor began taking in additional partners.  Among the attorneys joining the law firm were Michael Carter in 1967, the late Tom Butterfield in 1968, Emory Clark in 1971, Gary Howell in 1974, Carl Riseman in 1975, Dave Churchill in 1979 and Brian Garner in 2008. The law firm built its current office building at 407 Clay Street in Lapeer in 1978.  The law firm has continued to represent Lapeer County Bank & Trust, a significant majority of the municipalities in Lapeer County, as well as numerous individual and corporate clients. 

In the more than three quarters of a century since Bob Taylor began practicing law in Lapeer, the firm has maintained a high standard of competence and integrity. As always, the law firm continues to zealously represent its clients in order to accomplish their desired goals.


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