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Minette C. Trosch

Minette Trosch focuses on family law and is trained in the collaborative law process, a dignified, cooperative approach to negotiating and settling issues arising from a family separation without going to court. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County Collaborative Family Law Practice Group.

Practice AreasExperiencePublications & AwardsCommunityProfessional


  • Adoptions
  • Alimony

  • Child Support/Child Custody

  • Civil Litigation
  • Divorce and Annulment

  • Domestic Partnerships

  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Equitable Distribution

  • Family Law

  • Marital Agreements
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Name Changes

  • Paternity
  • Family Law
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements

  • Separation Agreements

  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders


  • Five-term member of the Charlotte City Council
  • Elected and served as Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Elected to National League of Cities’ Board of Directors
  • Appointed to the National Institute of Environmental Health Services Advisory Council
  • Appointed to the Governor’s Urban Transportation Task Force
  • Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole to the National Hazardous Materials Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Testified before Congress and served as a negotiator in the creation of a Federal Telecommunications Act
  • CEO of retail chain Take-A-Break, Inc.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with Honors

  • West Virginia University, M.A.

  • DePauw University, B.A.


  • Speaker: Women’s Commission Legal Clinic

  • Testified before US Congressional subcommittee

  • Testified before Congress and served as a negotiator in the creation of a Federal Telecommunications Act
  • Numerous local and national presentations in conjunction with civic and elected duties


  • Featured in Women Leaders in the Law 2015, Fortune, September 15, 2015
  • Outstanding Firm Service Award conferred by Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) in recognition of the firm’s pro bono services provided to LANC’s clients
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine conferred by Governor Beverly Perdue in recognition of a lifetime of service to Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to North Carolina, 2012
  • The Order of the Hornet bestowed by Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners in honor of outstanding contributions to the community
  • James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, selected for “demonstrated integrity, leadership, dedication, and service,” School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Named to The Mecklenburg Times “Top 50 Most Influential Women of 2012
  • Advanced Family Law Award

  • Featured as one of the “Remarkable Women Who Made History” in Charlotte at the Levine Museum of the New South
  • Elected Official Award, NC Chapter, American Planning Association
  • UNC-Charlotte’s Special Collections Archives house her professional papers
  • Martindell Hubbell Rating: AV/Preeminent for ethical standards and legal ability as established by a survey of confidential opinions from area judges and attorneys


  • Volunteer Lawyer Program Representation of Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Mecklenburg County Domestic Court Committee

  • Charlotte YWCA, Board Member
  • Mecklenburg Group Homes, Inc., Board Member
  • Charlotte Emergency Housing, Board Member
  • Jimmy Carter Work Project—Habitat for Humanity, Habitation Coordinator

  • Cotswold School PTA, Board Member and President


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1995


  • North Carolina Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Mecklenburg County Collaborative Family Law Practice Group, 
Certified Collaborative Law Attorney


  • Charlotte City Council

  • Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem
  • National League of Cities Board of Directors
  • Chair, Transportation & Communications Committee
, National League of Cities
  • Governor’s Urban Transportation Task Force

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Services Advisory Council
  • Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee (U.S. Department of Transportation)

  • CEO, Take-A-Break, Inc.

Meet Minette

Minette Trosch and her husband, Lou

Minette Trosch and her husband, Lou

When I graduated from college, very few women were admitted to law school. The prevailing thought was that women should be teachers, nurses, or housewives. So, I entered graduate school to obtain my Masters Degree with the goal of becoming a teacher. As opportunities opened up for women professionally and I had the opportunity to participate in making laws as an elected official, my desire to become a lawyer grew stronger. My father had been a CPA and lawyer, and I greatly admired him and his profession. At the age of 49, I started law school with the support of my family. I actually followed two of my own children through law school. It felt so good when I walked across the stage to get my degree and heard my children yelling, “WAY TO GO MOM!” It marked the beginning of a professional career that I love to this day. I now practice at Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, along with my husband, Lou, and two of my sons, Eric and Bill.

I do not think that I would be truly fulfilled practicing in any other area other than Family Law. In this area of law, I am able to provide professional guidance and support to my clients at the most difficult times of their lives. Most of my clients are navigating their way through the process of separation or divorce, or obtaining protection from domestic violence. As a mother and grandmother myself, I want each of my clients to know that I care a great deal about them and their children.

My myriad of life experiences and commitment to my clients often help me achieve settlement in my cases without resorting to litigation. The majority of my cases are settled through some type of collaborative means. I believe in those cases that the negative effects of the divorce process are greatly reduced on my clients and their children. That being said, there is no way to make the dissolution of a family unit free from hurt and pain. I am committed to my clients through this very tough period in their lives and to obtaining a fair and just resolution in their case.

Lou and I have three children (two are lawyers and one is a district judge) and seven grandchildren. My family continually challenges me, respects me, teaches me, listens to me, and helps me to do the very best job that I can do professionally.