Mr. Welch has been practicing law for more than 40 years, handling criminal cases, family law cases, personal injury, contracts, probate, and real estate matters. Mr. Welch has vast experience representing people accused of major crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, burglary, drugs, theft, sex offenses, fraud, burglary, child molestation, forgery, aggravated assault, and battery. He investigates the cases thoroughly and helps his clients decide whether to proceed to trial or negotiate more with the prosecutor to reach an acceptable resolution. As in felony court, Mr. Welch continues to represent people accused of misdemeanors in state court in cases involving DUI, shoplifting, assault, battery, marijuana possession, spousal abuse, and a variety of other charges.
As a family law attorney, he represents people in divorce, custody, support, contempt, and property cases in Marietta and metro Atlanta courts. If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached before formal proceedings, the case will go to mediation for another attempt at settlement. He counsels his clients before and during mediation and attempts to reach a resolution without a costly court battle. If a resolution cannot be reached by agreement, he will advance to a hearing or a trial and will assist clients in preparing for courtroom activities. Georgia allows litigants to have a jury trial in divorce cases, and Mr. Welch will work with clients before and during court appearances.
Mr. Welch has represented hundreds of clients in jury trials in Georgia and federal courts and has appealed numerous cases to higher courts, including the Georgia Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He maintains warm, professional relationships with many judges, prosecutors, and opposing attorneys. One of his favorite jobs is helping young people accused in juvenile court of wrongdoings, where special skills and experience are important rather than legal training alone.
In law school at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Mr. Welch worked as a reporter and editor for a daily newspaper and held a part-time job in the law school library. He supported his wife and three children and graduated debt free to begin his law practice in Atlanta.
Potential clients usually will have their first office interview directly with Mr. Welch. If he happens to be in court, that first interview will be with William Reed, a highly qualified paralegal. Mr. Welch has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from people who do not understand our legal system to people who have worked in it for years. He has represented doctors, police officers, firefighters, corporate executives, laborers, lawyers, clerks, airline pilots, real estate brokers, teachers, prosecutors, and people who speak no English, as well as hearing impaired persons and clients who have physical and mental disabilities.
All consultations are private and confidential, and evening and weekend appointments can be arranged. Reasonable fees are set in the initial consultation, and most major credit cards are accepted.