William C. “Bill” Trosch
Bill Trosch heads the Litigation Department and is the Managing Partner of Conrad Trosch & Kemmy. He is a published legal author. He also has taught graduate level negotiation courses to MBA students, as well as seminars and presentations to other attorneys. Bill concentrates much of his effort on resolving disputes for clients either through negotiation or through the courts. Bill also maintains a general practice, either helping clients himself, if he can, or placing them in the care of another attorney who is more suited for the particular challenge facing the client.
Practice AreasExperiencePublications & AwardsCommunityProfessional
- Wrongful Death
- Personal Injury
- Workers Compensation
- Wills and Trusts
- Trust and Estate Disputes
- General Litigation
- Insurance Disputes
- General Practice
- Business Planning
- Conflict Resolution
- Bill’s cases have counted among the largest reported settlements and verdicts in the State of North Carolina in the years they were resolved.
- Obtained a cash settlement of more than $2.5 million for defendants who, prior to Bill’s representation, “owed” a judgment more than $2 million to the plaintiff.
- Handled lawsuits against powerful entities, including the city of Charlotte.
- Has negotiated with the NCAA, leading to a star basketball player’s restoration of eligibility.
- Successfully defended to a defense verdict an attorney executor and trustee in a multimillion dollar Will Caveat and Trust dispute.
- University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 1993
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Clinical Program in Litigation, 1993
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Economics, with Honors, 1990
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Mathematics, 1990
- University of Bristol, Bristol, England, one-year program with emphasis in Economics, 1989
- West Charlotte High School, Class of 1986
- Co-Author, Divorce in North Carolina – Answers to Your Legal Questions. Book answering over two hundred common questions asked throughout the divorce process.
- The Third Generation of Loitering Laws Goes to Court: Do Laws That Criminalize “Loitering With the Intent to Sell Drugs” Pass Constitutional Muster? 71 N.C.L. Rev. 513, 1993
- The Consumption Tax Alternative: Should North Carolina Replace Its Income Tax with a System Based on Consumption? University of North Carolina, North Carolina Collections, 1990
PRESENTATIONS & MANUSCRIPTS
- Fiduciary Litigation Strategies, 22nd Annual Elder & Special Needs Symposium, North Carolina Bar Association, Elder & Special Needs Law Section, 2018
- Liability/Litigation Issues in Elder Law, National Business Institute, 2018
- Wrongful Death Litigation: Start-to-Finish, National Business Institute, 2017
- Auto Injury Litigation: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute, 2017
- Getting the Most Out of Doctor Depositions, Medical Records and More, National Business Institute, 2016
- The Auto Injury Trial, National Business Institute, 2016
- Ethics in Auto Injury Litigation, National Business Institute, 2016
- Negotiations and Mediation: Principles of Negotiation, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education (manuscript author), 2013
- Advanced Trial Tactics: Cross Examination and Redirect: Focus on Experts and Evidence, National Business Institute, 2013
- Advanced Trial Tactics: Effective Exhibits and Courtroom Technology, National Business Institute (manuscript author), 2013
- Negotiation Skills and Effective Advocacy During Mediations and Arbitrations, Panel Presentation, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2013
- Negotiation Before Mediation, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2013
- Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with the Claims Representatives, National Business Institute (manuscript author), 2013
- Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with the Claims Representatives, National Business Institute (manuscript author), 2012
- Mediation Preparation Tips and Strategies, National Business Institute, 2012
- What To Do When You Receive a Subpoena, presented to Charlotte-Dilworth Psychologists, 2011
- What To Do When You Receive a Subpoena, presented to Charlotte-Cotswold Psychologists, 2010
- Settling the Bodily Injury Case, National Business Institute, 2008
- Preparing the Plaintiff’s Bodily Injury Case, National Business Institute, 2008
- Mediation of Tort Damages, Lorman Educational Services, 2007
- Mediation of Auto Insurance Cases, Lorman Educational Services, 2007
- Litigation: A to Z at Superior Court Rules professional seminar, 2003
- Civil Superior Court Practice at professional seminar for new lawyers, 2002
- Effective Use of Legal Assistants and Paralegals, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
- Named to Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of North Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
- Publication cited and followed by the Supreme Court of Ohio, City of Akron v. Rowiland, 67 Ohio St 374, 1993
- North Carolina Law Review, 1991-1993
- Honorary Doctor of Public Welfare, Carolina Christian Bible College: Given in recognition of efforts in the community for those less fortunate and for commitment to public welfare, 2009
- Recognized by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America as an “Advocate of Trial Advocacy”
- Martindell Hubbell Rating: Distinguished, having high to very high legal ability and very high ethical standards—as established by a survey of confidential opinions from area judges and attorneys
- Refugee Support Services, Board of Directors, 2017-present
- Freedom School Partners Board of Directors, 2009-2012
- Seigle Avenue Partners, Board of Directors, 2001-2009
- Assistance League of Charlotte, Advisory Council, 2004-2008
- Above and Beyond Students, Chair, Board of Directors, 2013-2016
- North Carolina State Bar, 1993
- NC 26th Judicial District Court, 1993
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1993
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Mecklenburg County Bar
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty of UNC-Charlotte, 2010-2013
- Instructor, Belk College of Business MBA program, Negotiations class, 2010-2013
- Speaker and presenter at the Mecklenburg County Bar, the National Business Institute, Lorman Educational Services, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Judge, Mecklenburg County Teen Court, 1999-Present
- Judge, Wade Edwards High School Mock Trial Competition, 1995-2007
- Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997-2003
- Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division of North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000-2003
- Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt American Inn of Court, Charlotte Chapter of American Inns of Court, 1998-99
- Mecklenburg County Bar Ask A Lawyer Program, 1990s
- Third Grade Education Project, prepared and presented legal education programs for third-grade classes, 1990s
- Director, Roundtable Discussions in Charlotte for local trial attorneys, 1998-99
Bill Trosch volunteers as a coach in Charlotte NC
When I was younger, I would debate for sport. In high school, I would find someone expressing their viewpoint on a subject just so I could jump in and argue the other side. This tended to annoy people. As I matured, I learned that I could actually help other people by arguing for them in a court of law. I could do what I loved and help people at the same time – it doesn’t get any better than that.
I am Managing Partner and head of the litigation department at Conrad Trosch & Kemmy. I purposely choose to maintain a broad practice. As a litigator, my experience dealing with a wide variety of factual scenarios helps me find creative solutions to problems that a “cookie cutter” approach to only one area of law may miss. My ability to think both creatively and logically is perhaps my greatest strength as an attorney.
If there is one thing that my clients should know about me, then it’s the fact that I call it like I see it. Clients come to me with a legal problem or question. By the time my work is done, I hope that our legal team has a) sufficiently educated them to understand the risks and benefits of the various roads they may go down, and b) provided them with the tools and assistance to safely travel down that road.
I am happily married and am the father of three wonderful children. My wife Lisa and I strive to show our children the tools they may need to overcome life’s struggles. One of my favorite quotes is from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus tells his daughter, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” It is impossible to effectively deal with others (friend or foe) until you understand where they are coming from. First, I must understand what is important to my client. Next, I have to evaluate what is important to the opposing party so that I can effectively negotiate with them. If negotiation fails, I must know what motivates the other side so that I can anticipate the strategies that may be used against us. When I look at my client in front of me, I think of my wife and kids. Though my client’s family may not look just like mine, behind every client are others that need and love them.