Frances A. McElhill, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, has been named by South Jersey Biz magazine as one of its “2016 Women to Watch.” Ms. McElhill is among 24 professionals the publication has honored who they feel are in a position to change the face of South Jersey’s business community. The publication annually recognizes those women they feel are making a significant impact on the area’s economy.
Ms. McElhill has more than 30 years of experience representing education clients and tax-exempt organizations, such as hospitals and charitable foundations, and has served as chief outside counsel to several area colleges and universities and larger social service agencies. She has also served as chief outside counsel to various United States and international consortia of higher education clients, including NJEDge.net, the statewide technology network infrastructure among all New Jersey public and private institutions of higher education and iSchools, an international consortium of information technology schools. Ms. McElhill has dealt with the issues related to obtaining and maintaining United States federal income tax exemption for these consortia, as well as the unique challenges of corporate governance of these consortia. The impact of which is of great importance to organizations of this type, which are making a difference in their communities while contributing to a healthy economic climate.
Providing insight on how she feels the professional landscape has changed for female professionals, Ms. McElhill stated, “At the entry level of my profession, there virtually is no barrier to a young woman who wants to succeed and works hard; however, at the level of corporate Board opportunities and the management of significant client relationships, women professionals are few. She added, “That is slowly changing, but real progress still needs to be made.”
As for advice she would give to young women entering the business arena today, she said, “Always be yourself, be prepared, be confident in your abilities, and pick your battles carefully.”
Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The Firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.