John H. “Jack” Muench was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 9, 1952. Jack attended law school at the University of Louisville School of Law. He was named to the Dean’s List for his final three semesters and was awarded research assistant scholarships in Federal Jurisdiction, Constitutional Law, and Domestic Relations.
Upon completing law school, Jack published the lead article in the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly regarding the impact of substantive due process theories as they apply in certain family law contexts. At the time, he was also a law clerk to Boyce F. Martin, Jr., Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and he continued in that capacity when Judge Martin was named to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Jack is admitted to all state bar associations in the states of Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina, and is a member of the Bar of the United States Tax Court. He has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1979. He is a member of the Business Law (Mergers and Acquisitions and Legal Opinions Committees) and Taxation (Closely Held Businesses and Sales, Exchanges and Basis Committees) Sections of the ABA, and is a member of its Senior Lawyers Division.
Jack’s career has featured distinguished service to the South Carolina Bar. He has served on the Section Councils of the Corporate, Banking and Securities Law and Taxation Law Sections of the Bar. He was Chairperson of the Corporate, Banking and Securities Section in 2000, and presented the annual update speech on securities law at the Bar’s annual meeting in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Jack served as Chairperson of the Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section again in 2009, and also chaired the Taxation Law Section in that same year. He served as Section Delegate to the Bar’s House of Delegates in 2002 and 2011, and as a Member of the House of Delegates in 2014-2015.
Jack served as Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, which has over 3200 members, in 2014. He currently serves on its Executive Committee as its liaison to the Bar’s Wellness Committee, and also serves on the Section Council of the Taxation Law Section.
In early 2018, Jack’s decades of service to the South Carolina Bar were recognized when he was selected as one of two South Carolina attorneys to serve as Delegate to the American Bar Association. In 2019 and 2020 he will attend national level ABA meetings in Las Vegas, Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Jack has also served or is serving on several ad hoc or permanent committees or task forces of the Bar regarding limited liability companies, law firm dissolution, and third-party opinion practice. He currently serves on the Wellness and Animal Law Committees.
Jack’s practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate and tax-related matters, all with a focus on adding significant value to entrepreneurial activities. His primary areas of expertise lie in the areas of entity formations, mergers and acquisitions, partnership, corporate and individual income tax, estate planning, and corporate law. From March of 1987 until October 2008, he was Certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Taxation Law. Thereafter, the increasingly non-tax nature of his practice precluded that formal designation.
Jack is an avid photographer and outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, scuba diving and virtually any activity involving his grandchildren, Walker and Claire.