MCB VLP Volunteer Spotlight


 Fred Monroe

Fred B. Monroe


Fred B. Monroe has been involved with pro bono estate needs throughout the community.  On one particular case, he represented the granddaughter of decedent who was the beneficiary of the grandfather's devise of the family home.  Some of the children of the decedent sought to enforce a purported will that disinherited the granddaughter.  Ultimately, the court ruled that the will submitted to probate by the children was invalid; therefore, the granddaughter inherited the family home.



MCB VLP: Current Employer / number of years with current employer?


FM:  Partner; James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.; 13 years


MCB VLP: Area of Practice / Expertise?


FM:  Complex Business Litigation


MCB VLP: Law School / Law School Graduation Year?


FM:  Mercer University; 1996


MCB VLP: How did you discover this pro bono case?


FM:  My law partner, Pender McElroy


MCB VLP: What is a typical case / issue like?


FM:  There is no typical case.  A significant portion of my practice concerns disputes among owners of closely held businesses, employment and broker/customer disputes filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and general civil litigation.  Over the years, I have been involved in several complex estate disputes.  While there has been a common thread among the securities cases with FINRA and the closely held business break up cases, each one of them has been fairly unique in some way.  Their challenge, and correspondingly, my interest, lies in piecing together a solution.


MCB VLP: How many pro bono cases do you typically handle at one time?


FM:  One or two.


MCB VLP: Did you participate in any particular training so that you could handle pro bono estate cases?


FM:  The JMD school of hard knocks.


MCB VLP: What is your hope for the future with regarding these type of pro bono cases?


FM:  To have an occasional pro bono case that is of merit.


MCB VLP: How can the Mecklenburg County legal community help with similar cases?


FM:  The first step is to be willing to devote part of your time to the community.


MCB VLP: What is the best advice youve received during your legal career?


FM:  There are many mentors I have had.  Those within my firm are Ed Hinson, Gary Hemric, Mickey Aberman, Rich Fennell, and of course, Bill Diehl, and outside my firm, my brother John Monroe, of Atlanta, Georgia who is with Ford & Harrison, LLP.  As trial lawyers, they each, by example have demonstrated that you must tirelessly advocate for your clients in a way that fits your style and that will get the best results for your client.


MCB VLP: What advice would you give others?


FM:  I would suggest that we, as lawyers, shouldnt take ourselves too seriously.


MCB VLP: What is the most challenging part of your career?


FM:  Managing a growing practice and consistently having to become acquainted with new areas of the law as applied to my client's particular circumstances.


MCB VLP: What is your favorite part of your current job?


FM:  Arguing before a judge or taking a case to trial while accomplishing the goals of my clients.


MCB VLP: Any other pertinent things you would like to share with the Mecklenburg County Bar and legal community?


FM:  Have fun with what you do!