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Melvin Richard Welch

Melvin Richard Welch

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Melvin R. Welch is the founder and managing partner of Welch Law Firm, focusing on criminal defense and trials, representing the accused from the time of investigation and continuing through the trial and the appeals process. Mr. Welch has practiced criminal law for over seven years, beginning his career as an appellate attorney before the Minnesota Courts of Appeal and continuing his practice as a Hennepin County Prosecutor. During his time as a prosecutor, he tried dozens of serious felony cases. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and the United States Federal Courts.

During his career as a defense attorney, Mr. Welch has represented clients charged with a wide variety of crimes, ranging from serious felonies to misdemeanor offenses, including: assault, criminal sexual conduct, child abuse, drug offenses, prostitution, white collar crime, fraud, theft, DWI, and juvenile crimes. He also represents convicted persons in probation and parole violation hearings, postconviction hearings, sexual and predatory offender registration hearings and appeals, and appeal to the Minnesota Courts of Appeal.


Languages Spoken: Russian

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Arthur R Martinez

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Welch is a hard working lawyer for his clients. He is professional, a fighter and brilliant. I have practicing law for well over 25 years and well over 100 jury trial in state and federal court, I enjoyed working with Mr Welch and will do so in the future


    Arthur Martinez Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Ryan Lee Kaess

    I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly, Mr. Welch is a tremendous lawyer who is always willing to go outside the box in his representation of his client.


    Ryan Kaess Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Welch Law Firm

332 Minnesota Street.
Suite W1610
St Paul, MN, 55101


MNAuthorized to practice200704/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Native American Academic Excellence AwardUniversity of Maryland, College Park2000
The Provost AwardDefense Language Institute - Foreign Language Center1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and Managing PartnerWelch Law Firm2014 - Present
Criminal Trial AttorneyAppelman Law Firm2013 - 2014
ProsecutorHennepin County Attorney's Office2008 - 2013
Criminal Appeals AttorneyState Public Defender's Office2007 - 2008
Russian InterpreterKosovo Peacekeeping Mission2001 - 2003
Cryptologic Technician InterpretiveUnited States Navy1996 - 2000

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ramsey County Bar AssociationBoard Member2011 - Present
Minnesota American Indian Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Maryland, College ParkHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
University of Maryland, College ParkRussianBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Defense Language InstituteRussianCertification1997