Melvin R. Welch

Melvin R. Welch

Welch Law Firm LLC
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, White Collar Crime...
  • Minnesota
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Melvin R. Welch was born and raised in a small farm town in Minnesota. Following graduation, Melvin attended college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, before joining the United States Navy in 1996. As a sailor, Melvin learned Russian and served aboard submarines. During his time in service, Melvin finished college and then worked as a translator in the NATO peacekeeping mission to Kosovo, translating for the United States Army and the Russian 13th Tactical Group in Kamenica, Kosovo.

Melvin R. Welch attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated in 2007. Melvin's first employ was with the Office of the State Public Defender as an appeals attorney, challenging wrongful convictions and illegal sentences. After several years with the State Public Defender, Melvin switched sides and prosecuted serious felony crimes for Hennepin County for nearly five years. Among the crimes he prosecuted were: murder, assault, robbery, burglary, drug crimes, property crimes, gun crimes, child abuse, DWIs, and various other crimes. Melvin tried hundreds of constitutional challenges and dozens of cases. He left the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to return to the criminal defense, working as an associate for a criminal defense law firm for a year before starting his own practice of law at Welch Law Firm. Melvin is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Melvin has handled serious felony and DWI matters in the five corners of Minnesota, and all over within.

Education
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. (2007) | Law
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Honors: Dean's List
Activities: American Indian Bar Association, Moot Court Competitor and Director
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University of Maryland - College Park
B.A. (2000) | History and Russian Language & Literature
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Honors: Dean's list, Native American Academic Excellence Award
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Defense Language Institute
Certification | Russian Language
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Honors: Military Provost Award for Excellence in Russian Language
Activities: United States Navy - active service
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Professional Experience
Owner
Welch Law Firm LLC
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WELCH LAW FIRM LLC seeks to represent individuals and small business owners against the steady stream of government overreach, whether it is in criminal cases or in civil disputes with governmental administrative bodies. Providing legal services to individuals charged criminally in Minnesota and Federal courts, from petty misdemeanors to felonies, from investigation through appeal, post-conviction challenge, and administrative challenges to collateral consequences. Representing clients in all manner of civil disputes to include: administrative disputes with local/city/state governments, business, contracts, insurance, consumer fraud, banking disputes, and miscellaneous issues resulting in litigation.
Associate
Appelman Law Firm
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Criminal trial attorney in a small criminal defense firm.
Assistant County Attorney
Office of the Hennepin County Attorney
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Prosecuted felony crimes for the County of Hennepin. Acted as a liaison to Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct, working with community leaders and interested parties regarding prosecution of repeat offenders.
Postconvictions and Appeals
Minnesota State Public Defender
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Represented indigent defendants in post-conviction and appellate proceedings, parole revocation proceedings, risk assessment level assignments and appeals arising out of those administrative actions.
Awards
Up & Coming Attorney
Minnesota Lawyer
Honorees for the Up & Coming Attorneys are selected by an outside panel consisting of past Honorees. Up & Coming Attorneys are judged for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service to their community and profession, and achievements in their first 10 years of being admitted to the bar.
Eagle Scout
Boys Scouts of America
Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar
Member
Current
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University of Minnesota Alumni and Student Engagement Committee
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Activities: The Alumni & Student Engagement Committee’s work is based on the guiding assumption that both alumni engagement and student success are fostered by bringing alumni and current students together in meaningful ways through events, volunteer work, and other initiatives. The Committee’s goal is to foster and strengthen opportunities for those interactions within the University of Minnesota Law School community. To accomplish this goal, we expect all members of the Committee to actively participate in both the Committee’s work and the events and volunteer opportunities organized by Law School staff.
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Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
Board Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
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8th Circuit
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • White Collar Crime
  • Civil Rights
  • Native American Law
Languages
  • Russian: Spoken, Written
  • Serbian: Spoken
Websites & Blogs
Website
Welch Law Firm
Contact & Map
Main office
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite W-1610
St. Paul, MN 55101
USA
Telephone: (612) 741-3272
Satellite office
250 Second Avenue South
Suite 205
Minneapolis, MN 55401
USA
Telephone: (612) 741-3272