Attorney Profile

Charles J. Durante - Partner

Charles J. Durante


1000 West Street, Suite 1400
Wilmington, DE 19801

Areas of Practice


  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1977; LL.M. (Taxation), 1983)
  • Haverford College (B.A. Honors in History; 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional and Other Associations

  • Section of Trusts and Estates, Delaware State Bar Association (current Chairman) Section of Taxation, Delaware State Bar Association (Chairman, 2008 – 09) Wilmington Tax Group (current President)
  • Delaware Lawyer, quarterly magazine (current Chair of Board of Editors)
  • Common Cause of Delaware (Vice-Chair, 1988 – 90)
  • American Bar Association (1974 – Present)
  • Delaware Democratic State Committee (Parliamentarian, 1990 – 2005)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Delaware (Parliamentarian, 2003 – 06)
  • Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association (current Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (current Vice President)


  • Haverford College, Alumni Award, 1998
  • New Castle County Historic Preservation Award, 1999
  • Common Cause of Delaware Anniversary Award, 1992
Our commitment to service » View additional information »

Chuck Durante brings 35 years of professional leadership to the planning of strategies for the inter-generational passage of personal and business property. He advises fiduciaries on the administration of trusts and estates, counsels foundations and other non-profit organizations, and advises clients in the related areas of Delaware statutory trusts, Delaware holding companies and Delaware limited liability companies. His work includes defense in a number of will contests and litigation of significant public impact.

Chuck advises many of Delaware’s leading trust institutions in matters of planning, administration and risk management. He is chairman of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and president of the Wilmington Tax Group.

Chuck serves in a leadership role for many charitable, educational and other civic organizations, as a director, officer and parliamentarian. He was the prime author of Delaware’s campaign finance law. He received the Alumni Award of Haverford College in 1998, and is chairman for Alumni Annual Giving at Tower Hill School.

He is chairman of the Board of Editor of Delaware Lawyer, a quarterly publication of the Delaware Bar Foundation, and serves by appointment of the Supreme Court of Delaware to the Bar Bench Media Conference.

Chuck was a sportswriter and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1974 through 1980. He began his newspaper career with The Wilmington News-Journal and The Delaware State News, and continues to write on topics touching on the law of trusts and estates, American history, Delaware sports and public affairs. He is a member of the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame.


Representative Cases