Hillary A. Frommer focuses her practice in litigation, primarily estate matters including contested probate proceedings and contested accounting proceedings. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in both federal and state courts. Ms. Frommer also represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in complex business disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, employment disputes and other commercial matters.
As a litigator, how do you help your clients overcome challenges?
In addition to carefully and clearly explaining the legal aspects of the case, one of my basic approaches to client management is to instill both comfort and confidence in me and our firm. One approach I take with my clients who might find litigation stressful is to respect and relieve their concerns and assure them that they are, indeed, in very capable hands.
“Success is solving the problem.”
Describe a turning point in your career.
I consider the turning point for me was when I won my very first trial with a jury verdict in my client’s favor. It was then that I realized that I had the ability to think quickly on my feet, and to make persuasive legal and factual arguments. My success in court continued, never losing any of my subsequent jury trials.
What is it about Farrell Fritz that makes clients choose this firm rather than another?
The attorneys at Farrell Fritz are knowledgeable, talented and recognized experts in their fields. My colleagues on the legal team with whom I work all have the ability to examine a case from the particular details to the big picture and to convey that to the client. Moreover, to Farrell Fritz, every client is important. It is the attention to our clients – by partners, counsels, associates and paralegals – combining individual expertise and collective knowledge that makes Farrell Fritz stand out.
How do you give back to the community?
I do a significant amount of pro bono work. It is important to me personally and to the firm. I provide my pro bono clients with the same intensity and focus their matters deserve. While I, of course, contribute financially to several charitable organizations, I think giving one’s time and effort is just as important. I am a very active and involved member of the Board of Directors of the Parent-Child Home Program, a research-based early childhood literacy charitable organization, and I devote time, as a committee member, to the Child Abuse Prevention Society. Additionally, I act as a mentor to young women in the local universities and colleges, giving them support, guidance and advice about their education and careers.