Eric C. Trosch
Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Child Support/Child Custody
Complex Equitable Distribution
Divorce and Annulment
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.