Eric Trosch in Charlotte NC

Eric C. Trosch

Board Certified Specialist in Family Law

Practice Areas

Alimony/Post Separation
Child Support/Child Custody
Civil Litigation
Complex Equitable Distribution
Divorce and Annulment
Domestic Partnerships
Domestic Relations
Domestic Violence
Family Law
Marital Agreements
Name Changes
Paternity
Premarital Agreements
Prenuptial Agreements
Postnuptial Agreements
Separation Agreements
Step Parent Adoptions
Termination of Parental Rights
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

You have been in family law your entire career and hold a very strong reputation. What do you believe has helped you be successful?

I believe that trust and honesty are some of the most important quality in a family lawyer. Judges trust my legal analysis when I present it to them, because I have spent years developing their trust in me. My clients trust me because I tell clients the things they don’t want to hear sometimes, but it is what they need to know to make the best legal choices. It is important to be fearless in family law and to be fearless you have to trust your instincts and abilities. (not sure about the last sentence. I like it, but it seems like a non-sequitur). I think that my clients know that I will test them and push them to come up with a reasonable settlement, but if their spouse refuses to be reasonable I will aggressively and tirelessly defend my client’s position in Court.

What do you do with clients that is different from other family attorneys?

I sit down with the client and we speak comprehensively in their first consultation. I ask them about their goals. Ultimately, a client’s goals may not match what will likely happen, or conversely, those goals may be quite attainable. This session gets us both on the same page so that my advocacy on their behalf is well-matched to their individual situation.

Your family’s firm has endured for 50 years. What do you believe has attributed to this longstanding success?

My family has always believed in striving for excellence in all that we do. This has built our long standing reputation as an incredibly client-centric firm. We have also built strong relationships in the community, with everyone, including judges. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and integrity at all times.

Is there a particular achievement you would like to note?

Our winning of the Legal Aide Pro-Bono award. This exemplifies how we give back to the community and those less fortunate by working hard to help these individuals to make their lives better, in the best way we can.

Is there something you would like to share about your family life?

I love being a Dad and raising my children with my Wife, Elizabeth. There is a story that perfectly exemplifies my position in my home. When my Wife first got onto the district court bench, my oldest son was about 4 years old. He wanted some candy. I had some arbitrary rule about no candy before dinner. We always tried to follow through with each other’s rules even if we disagreed so Elizabeth said diplomatically “Well you know I think we need to talk to Dad…I think he has a rule that you can’t have the candy now. “ Then my son said “Well, you see Dad is just a lawyer and you are a judge, can’t you just overrule him?” Despite my son’s excellent legal analysis he did not get candy.

What do you enjoy when you aren’t practicing law?

I enjoy competition of all kinds, sports, cards, etc. I am very physically active, lifting weights, cross training and participating in F3 workouts. I also have learned that Yoga helps center me after working with people going through some of the most difficult emotional situations in their lives. I have been fortunate enough to have coached over 70 of my boys sports teams over the years. I have also been able to be active in leadership roles at their school which is so rewarding to me. Most of all I enjoy spending time with the family. However, my biggest hobby is spending time with my family.

What are some core philosophies you have about being an attorney?

In family law, many attorneys are proficient with one tool. They can be aggressive and take everything to court or they are fearful of court and try to force a settlement every time. I like to use all of the tools in the toolbox. It is really important that you a) have all of the tools and b) know the right time to use them.

Meet Eric

After being raised by a family of lawyers, including my mother, father, grandfather, two brothers, and an uncle, I initially decided to be anything but a lawyer. However, while exploring graduate school in a number of other areas, I took a number of career assessment tests which overwhelmingly concluded that a career as either a lawyer or a teacher would be a good fit for me. I feel like practicing Family Law allows me to be both – I am able to help people by educating them about the law and by handling complex legal issues on their behalf. I am a part of the third generation of attorneys to practice at Conrad Trosch and Kemmy and am now a partner at the firm. I am a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, one of fewer than 200 lawyers in the state of North Carolina to achieve this distinction.

I am not a one-trick pony unless the pony is called common sense. I take an approach to my practice that causes me to wear a lot of hats. I am an aggressive advocate when necessary, and at other times I help my clients see that settling is a reasonable way out of court. I think quickly on my feet, which allows me to perform well not only in litigation, but also in a stressful time-sensitive negotiation. What I enjoy the most about Family Law is that it encompasses so many other areas of the law. A Family Law attorney also needs to understand Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, Business Law, Tax Law, Criminal Law, and Bankruptcy, just to name a few. I enjoy the constant intellectual challenge. I recently completed the challenge of writing a book with my brother, William C. Trosch, entitled Divorce in North Carolina – Answers to Your Legal Questions, which answers over two hundred of the thousands of questions that have been posed to me over the years.

My goal is always to give my client the peace of resolution in the least damaging way possible to their family. The most rewarding part of my practice is seeing my clients, who have just gone through one of the most difficult times of their lives, with a smile of relief because their case is resolved. It is that “light at the end of the tunnel” moment that keeps my clients and me pushing forward toward resolution.

My wife, Elizabeth Trosch, is a Mecklenburg District Court Judge, and we have two sons. When one of my sons was about three years old, he asked me if he could have some candy before dinner. I told him no and sent him on his way. As is the case with children, he went around the corner to my wife and asked her the same question. She quizzed him, “What did your father say when you asked him?” My son paused and then said, “Well you see Mommy, you are a judge and Daddy’s just a lawyer. Don’t judges just tell lawyers what to do?” Despite his clever “lawyering,” she denied his request. Ultimately, if parties cannot agree, then the only way to have your case resolved sometimes is to have a judge make the final decision. I want to get the best result for my client’s individual situation, and the key is that I do not use only one “tool” all the time. The thing that sets me apart from other Family Law attorneys is that I know what tools I have in my toolbox and when to use them.

Eric Trosch, a partner in Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist, one of fewer than 250 lawyers statewide to achieve this distinction from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is the co-author of Divorce in North Carolina – Answers to Your Legal Questions. His focus is on family law and general civil litigation.

Experience

  • NC Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, 2010 – present
  • Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, Council Member, 2012 – 2015
  • Executive Steering Committee member, Mecklenburg Collaborative Law Group, 2010 – 2016
  • Executive Steering Committee member, Mecklenburg Collaborative Law Group, Co-Chair, 2012 – 2016
  • Domestic Court Committee of the Mecklenburg County Courts appointee and Local Rules Committee Member, 2002-present
  • North Carolina Collaborative Law Committee appointee, 2016-2018
  • Continuing Legal Education presenter on North Carolina Modification of Orders, 2019
  • Continuing Legal Education presenter on North Carolina Contempt Laws, 2011
  • Family Law Section Custody Seminar, Mecklenburg County Bar, coordinator and presenter, 2005
  • Research Assistant to Professor Suzanne Reynolds of Wake Forest University on Lee’s North Carolina Family Law Treatise

Education

  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 2002
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1996
  • University of Wake Forest London Study Abroad Program, 2000
  • University of Tuebingen, study abroad, 1995-96

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Author, Divorce in North Carolina – Answers to Your Legal Questions. Book answering over two hundred common questions asked throughout the divorce process.
  • Author, “Modification of Orders” appearing in the Dream CLE published by Mecklenburg County Bar, 2019
  • “Family Law”, October 11, 2014 on TBS Legal Forum Network, (60-minute interview)
  • Guest Lecturer in Collaborative Law, Charlotte School of Law, 2011
  • Co-Author, “Contempt—Civil and Criminal.” Article appearing in Hot Topics for Advanced Family Law Paralegals published by the N.C. Bar Association Foundation, 2011
  • Course Planner and Moderator for Mecklenburg Court Bar Family Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar “What About the Kids?” 2005
  • Numerous presentations to local psychology groups on the topics of Collaborative Law and Responding to Subpoenas

Awards and Recognitions

  • Named Super lawyers Top Rated Family Law Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina, 2019, 2020
  • Named to Top 100 Family Lawyers in North Carolina, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
  • Named Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in North Carolina Under the Age of 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc., 2014
  • Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Acknowledged as “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina, 2013
  • Acknowledged as “People on the Move,” The Charlotte Business Journal, 2011, 2013
  • First recipient of the annual North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of matrimonial law
  • Recipient, North Carolina Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Student Advancement of Matrimonial Law Award, 2002
  • Member, 4A North Carolina High School Basketball State Champion, West Charlotte High School, 1991
  • Co-Captain, 4A North Carolina High School Basketball State Champion, West Charlotte High School, 1992

Community Involvement

  • Treasurer, Honorable Louis A. Trosch District Court Judge Campaign 2007-present
  • Member, Campaign Committee to Reelect the Honorable Louis A. Trosch District Court Judge Campaign 2007-2018
  • Member, Campaign Committee to Reelect the Honorable Elizabeth T. Trosch 2008-present
  • Participant in F3
  • Advocacy Chair and Board Member, PTSA E.E. Waddell Language Academy
  • Member, Christ Lutheran Church
  • Coach, WCWAA Basketball Team
  • Coach, Sardis Presbyterian Basketball Team
  • Coach, Christ Lutheran Church Basketball
  • Participant, Christ Lutheran Small Business Forum
  • Volunteer, McPie
  • Volunteer, Room at The Inn Project
  • East Mecklenburg Action Committee to Support East Mecklenburg High School
  • Member, Men for Change Domestic Violence Awareness Committee
  • Coach, Charlotte Junior Soccer Team
  • Coach, YMCA Basketball Team
  • Good Fellows Annual Fundraising Event
  • Martin Luther King Junior High School/Citizen Schools Teacher
  • Mecklenburg County Courthouse Student Mock Trial
  • West Charlotte Alumni Basketball Benefit
  • Mecklenburg County Bar League Basketball
  • Assistant Coach, St. John’s Basketball Team
  • Assistant Coach, Siegel Avenue Basketball Team
  • Assistant Coach, Sardis Baseball Team
  • Former Board Member, Men for Change Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Former Member, Medearis HOA Board Architectural Review Committee
  • Former Member, Hood Hargett Breakfast Club

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2002
  • US District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2002
  • North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist, 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Mecklenburg Collaborative Law Group
  • Wake Forest Alumni Association
  • University of North Carolina Alumni Association
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014

Professional Leadership

  • Appointed to three-year term on the NC State Bar Family Law Counsel, 2012-2015
  • Co-Chair of the Mecklenburg Collaborative Law Group
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member and Former Committee Chair, Mecklenburg Young Lawyers Division
  • Former Chair of Swearing in Committee of Mecklenburg Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg Bar Silent Partner Program Former Lawyer Mentor
  • Statewide Committee for Collaborative Law
  • Member of the Local Family Law Rules Committee

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