Magazine Names Frances McElhill One of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business

April 7, 2008

Frances McElhill, a Partner in the Haddonfield, N.J., office of Archer, P.C., has been named one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ magazine, a statewide business news publication.

McElhill, of Moorestown, is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and the Villanova University School of Law and specializes in working with tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals, colleges, universities and charitable foundations.

“We are extremely pleased and proud that NJBIZ has recognized Fran as one of New Jersey’s leading women in business law,” said James H. Carll, Chairman of the Board at Archer. “It is gratifying for her colleagues here at Archer to see this well-deserved acknowledgment of what we have known for many years — that Fran is an outstanding, accomplished attorney and a tremendous individual.”

McElhill’s clients include major colleges, universities and hospitals, as well as small nonprofits such as churches and civic organizations. She has also worked on public-private affordable housing partnerships and serves as outside counsel to major private and private operating foundations with assets in excess of $80 million.

McElhill has served as bond counsel for tax-exempt financings for Section 501(c )(3) borrowers and for industrial development and multi-family and single-family housing projects, as well as representing underwriters, trustees and borrowers in these financings. She has also represented nonprofit sponsors and construction lenders in Section 42 low-income housing tax credit transactions and HUD financings.

For more than two decades, she has helped institutions and organizations that make a difference in their communities while contributing to a healthy economic climate.

“I provide the paperwork to make dreams happen,” she says. “My clients always have a creative idea but don’t know how to accomplish it legally. I find it very invigorating to work with people and their creative ideas. It keeps me enthused about the practice of law.”

McElhill is also extremely active in civic and community organizations. The mother of two adopted Chinese daughters, she is a founding and active member of Families with Children from China, South Jersey Chapter, and also serves as the group’s lawyer. She is a member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Trenton Diocese. In 2000, she received the Diocese’s Light of Hope Award in honor of her support and commitment to the work of Catholic Charities in communities in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The nominee also serves as Chair of the Community Impact Committee (formerly Fund Distribution Committee) for the United Way of Camden County and formerly held the same post for the United Way of Burlington County

She has served as a Board member for the Mental Health Association of Southwestern New Jersey (2001-2007), Pierce College (1996-2001), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Delaware Valley Chapter (1989-1997), and the Arts and Business Partnership of Southern New Jersey (2004-2007).

The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business who have been making headlines in their fields. The awards recognize the impact women business owners and business leaders have in creating jobs and building communities in New Jersey. To qualify, a nominee had to meet the following criteria: live and/or work in New Jersey, and hold significant authority for decision making in a for-profit business or company. An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 candidates based on dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.

“We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women,” said David A. Schankweiler, CEO of Journal Publications, parent company of NJBIZ. “As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena. On behalf of NJBIZ, we would like to thank and congratulate these fifty outstanding women for their dedication to New Jersey’s future.” NJBIZ and the program sponsors honored this year’s 50 winners with an awards ceremony on March 31 at the Palace in Somerset.

Archer, P.C., is a full-service law firm with more than 150 lawyers in six offices serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for more than 75 years. The firm’s principal office is in Haddonfield, N.J., with offices in Princeton and Flemington, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Wilmington, Del., and New York, N.Y. For more information visit

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