Our firm started with two attorney’s and a manual typewriter. Louis A. “Lou” Trosch, Sr., and Robert G. Williams opened for business as the Trosch & Williams Law Firm in Charlotte in 1970, concentrating on real estate, general corporate law, wills and estates, and management-labor arbitration. The firm used one small attorney’s office and a secretarial station with no reception area. When one partner had a client conference, the other went to a restaurant next door until the conference was completed. The partners’ spouses performed all the secretarial duties. Four years later, Lou Trosch’s father-in-law, Theodore Charles (T. C.) Conrad, sold his partnership interest in the accounting firm Conrad, Hoey, East & Co. and, at age 71, joined Trosch & Williams as a partner.
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As Charlotte grew, the firm’s real estate practice blossomed. Because of Mr. Conrad’s experience and expertise, the firm’s will, estate planning, and probate practice also flourished. To accommodate an increasing number of clients, Fred DeVore was invited to join the firm. Together, Mr. DeVore and Mr. Trosch established a computerized will program, and the firm became the participating attorney for Personal Legal Plans, a major prepaid legal plan. Michael J. Kemmy joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1992. Mr. Conrad, who worked until his death in 1995, continued to handle tax matters and estate tax planning.
Mr. Kemmy took charge of the Personal Legal Plans division. He also implemented the Professional Advisory Service. Together Mr. Kemmy and Mr. Trosch handled probate and estate practice, real estate closings, and corporate practice. Former Charlotte City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Minette Trosch joined her husband in the firm after she completed law school in 1992. She organized the firm’s new second mortgage and nonconforming loan division, then developed a domestic relations and public interest law practice—the forerunner of today’s Family Law practice. Mrs. Trosch passed away in 2018 and is considered one of Charlotte’s most talented and beloved attorneys. Today, two of Lou and Minette’s sons are partners in the firm and their third son left the firm in 1999 when he was appointed to serve as a district court judge, and is now a superior court judge.