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Christopher Shawn Welch

Family Attorney at Indiana, PA

4.9   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, Custody, Support, Protection from Abuse

  2. Business
    Business formation - Corporations, LLC's, LLP's, partnerships

  3. Personal injury
    Death, dismemberment, burns, auto accidents, animal attacks, falls, disability, product liability, workers compensation


Christopher S. Welch, Esquire is a partner with the law firm of Budash & Welch. Mr. Welch was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after attending Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and receiving his Juris Doctor degree. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Court, Mr. Welch is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Indiana County Bar Association. He is also a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity and the Federalist Society. Mr. Welch has represented individuals as well as Fortune 500 corporations.  In the past, he has served as the solicitor for a number of municipalities. Attorney Welch is active in the community and has been involved with Indiana Midday Rotary; was the past district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America; has served as the presiding justice at the Elks 931; is a member of the Masons Blue Lodge No. 313 and has been involved with Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Business Advisory Council and Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Welch resides in Indiana County, Pennsylvania with his family.



Budash & Welch, LLP
120 s 7th st
Indiana, PA, 15701-3908


4.9 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Monica | April 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
Working with attorney Christopher Welch has been an overall positive experience. He has helped me navigate divorce proceedings such as child custody, support and equitable distribution. Mr Welch has been helpful and eager to assist in all areas. He has answered all my questions and has been very timely in his responses. Personally and professionally Mr Welch has been positive to work with.
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Posted by Sheila | November 3, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
This review is late but anyone who has the chance to be associated with Chris.... I promise you won’t be disappointed.... wish I would have hired him before my fist attorney who helped me in losing my daughters and a very bitter divorce that was not going to go away until I hired this amazing attorney...I’m sure he will be an amazing judge now!!!
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Posted by Kyle | May 23, 2018
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Review for Mr. Christopher Shawn Welch
Chris Welch is my recommended lawyer for anyone in need of legal counsel. In my experience with Chris, he held himself to the highest of standards and professionalism in all regards. He was able to answer all of my questions, as well as my mother's questions when he met with us. He calmed our nerves as this was the first time we had ever needed a lawyer. Throughout the process, he was always supportive and kept me updated. I felt very confident in my choice of lawyers with Chris. He was well versed in every aspect of my case, and I could tell that his experience and knowledge was unmatched. My case involved an underage and an open container violation, both of which were dropped in my favor. He was calm and collected yet confident throughout the entire process and I could not have asked for someone better to be on my side. Chris was dependable and reliable at a time when I needed it the most, and for that I thank him.
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Posted by Daniel | August 15, 2017
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Personal injury m cycle
Chris Welch is an excellent attorney .he took my case and guided it through the system to give me the award that is commensurate with my injuries I would highly recommend him and his law firm to any one who is in need of legal assistance they have a friendly staff and communicate thru email to give prompt service
Posted by Bob | July 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Short notice, Immediate action
Mr. Welch and his associate took on a problem for me on very short notice and thanks to their timely response, we were able to achieve quick results and a positive outcome. Their efforts were successful because of their willingness to tackle something new and unexpected, do the legal research and prompt immediate action that protected me and my property. I highly recommend Mr Welch and look forward to working with him again.
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Posted by Randi | July 28, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I switched attorneys and hired Chris Welch half way through my custody and divorce proceedings. Some people told me switching attorneys mid way through my case could be detrimental but that was not the case at all. After my first consultation with Chris I knew I had found the perfect attorney to represent me. He was very straight forward and confident. He told me it would be a difficult case but he would put forth 100%. I valued this statement because it showed his integrity, he never made me false promises. Chris picked up the pieces half way through my case and dedicated many, many hours navigating me through my very difficult custody case. He is very passionate about helping his clients and about what is in the best interests of the children. Every appointment I had with him he asked how the children were doing and how they were handling things. He listened to my concerns and ALWAYS worked towards the best interests of the children. He kept me informed of everything that was going on and always had time to answer any of the questions I had in a very timely manner. Not only is Chris an excellent attorney, the whole staff at Budash and Welch is amazing. You are not just another case there, they put forth 100% effort representing you. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. Their legal secretary Dawn is absolutely wonderful. She keeps you updated with all necessary paper work and responds very quickly to arranging appointments. Even though my custody/divorce case is done, I will always use Attorney Welch for any future needs.
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Posted by Adam | May 3, 2016
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Awesome Attorney
Chris represented me in a domestic relations matter that involved slander, defamation of character, and potential harassment. After handling the initial hearing, he promptly sent a cease and desist which took care of the issue. I would definitely recommend Chris.
Posted by Allen | December 9, 2015
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Power of Attorney and Excellent Care / Efficiency / Priority !!
The attorneys at Budash & Welch, LLP act with integrity, are efficient, caring and gracious people! My wife's family has been infirm for awhile now, and Chris Welch was contacted to find someone to help get Power Of Attorney going for us. Not only did Chris agree to do this, but went out of his way to travel to two different locations with my wife to get signatures, AND both started and completed the process extremely fast, with profession handling, sensitivity, as well an unexpected staff offering to make numerous copies of the final documents for us! While the amount of work involved appeared to be small in comparison to other legal needs, Chris treated us like we were his top priority!!... with caring, courtesy, a sense of urgency, speed and obvious respect! My wife and I HIGHLY recommend Budash & Welch to ANYONE with their legal needs. Thanks Chris for breaking the sometimes negative stereotype of attorneys for us! Yeah!!!!! Sincerely, Al Al's Computer Repair, LLC
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Posted by Brian | August 27, 2015
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Child support/ custody parenting plan
Chris is our attorney for settling child support and parenting plan. I cant say enough good things about his ability as an attorney! We recently had our case transferred from WA state to PA with Chris's assistance. He was able to have child support terminated for a 20 year old we were paying for, we fought WA state for 2 years and no results. Chris was able to have results within 30 days. We have custody of 2 boys in which the mother is supposed to pay support, she continues to hide income and is constantly late paying. Chris was able to find all her income and it is now deduct from her retirement check which means our boys get the support they need on time. Whenever we consult with Chris in his office or by email I feel a sense of relief after talking with him. Not only is he knowledgeable in the law but he shows you as a client compassion and understanding for your situation. I am a very protective parent when it comes to my boys I put their case in Chris's hands and am very confident they are well taking care of. He has protected my children's rights and gives them a voice! I have total faith in Chris's ability as an attorney! Our next step is to modify our parenting plan so that our boys have more of a say in their life as far as a visitation schedule goes. Chris is now and will be then our attorney. He will as in the past do an amazing job defending my boys rights! Chris gave us a huge victory in a very long battle. He gave us the confidence that we need to keep going with his help! I wishthat our case was moved to PA sooner so that we could of had him as an attorney thru this all. He is very dedicated to his clients and is very diligent about returning calls and emails. He shows up before our court appearance and put any and all worries to rest. I have total confidence in anymore Court hearings we may have and very thankful that I have such a great attorney! I highly recommend Chris as an attorney! i wouldn't trust my boys case with an other attorney!
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Posted by Ashley | August 17, 2015
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2013 Divorce & 2014 Custody Case
On December 2013, I googled divorce & custody attornies. I contacted several attornies online or via phone. Chris responded to my online request that same day, around 7pm by phone. We discussed my separation & he was able to fit me into his schedule the next day. At his office, he explained my options as far as relocating the children. I had moved closer to work, which put me in a different school district & out side the allowable mile radius to relocate the children. He explained that our first objective was to secure a custody agreement, to ensure time with the children. I only had to visit Chris's office a few times, most communication was through email, to complete the custody agreement in February 2015. My divorce, settlement & name change was finalized June 2014. Everything was handled in a very timely fashion, without having to appear in court. In August 2014, after my divorce was official, Chris's work really came through when I asked him to assist in regaining custody of my two children. We first met in court in October 2014. We then met in January 2015 which lead to our one day custody trial in April 2015. Opposing counsel did not leave enough time for their side of the case to be heard, so an additional date was scheduled a month later, May 2015. At the end of the trial the Judge stated that he would review the case & get a ruling to our attorneys. Chris advised that we should receive a ruling in 7 - 10 business days. It took until mid August 2015 to receive a ruling. During this wait Chris's office went above & beyond, checking on the status of our case & keeping me informed. Once a ruling was released a full 51 page fax was sent to Chris's office. Chris was in court during this time but he was quick to call as soon as he had a moment. I appreciated the fact that he did not wait until he was back in the office to do so. I cannot thank his office enough & would recommend anyone to seek Chris Welch as their counsel for legal needs.
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Posted by Michelle | March 11, 2015
A true savior!
I was referred to Mr. Welch by an attorney who knows him professionally. Attorney Welch was highly recommended and even after just the initial visit, I could see why. I have been battling with a mortgage company who has refused to interact with me because my name was not on the loan, however it is on the dead, and the house has been in the family for years. My children are heartbroken and want to move home, yet my hands have been tied and it's been overwhelmingly frustrating to say the least. Christopher motioned the court to stop the sheriff sale of our beloved home and was successful. Although this is merely the beginning, I feel more at ease knowing I have such sound representation and feel more than confident that Attorney Welch will keep me well advised during the entire modification application and trial period. He and his staff provide us with hope and a sense of relief knowing we don't have to give up just yet. My children and I would highly recommend Attorney Christopher Welch.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2015
Chris helped me with my custody agreement and with my divorce. He was very professional and keep us out of court. He was also very reasonable priced compared to other lawyers in Indiana. We came to an agreement thanks to Chris and his professional options.
Posted by Janeen | December 11, 2014
I worked with Chris when I filed for divorce. He did a fantastic job working closley with me and my ex-husband, in a friendly and professional manner, to achieve a satisfactory resolution. During a very hectic time in my life, he made me feel at ease with my divorce, custody agreement, and real estate settlements. I would highly recommend Chris, as he and his colleagues were extremely helpful and professional in handling my case.
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Posted by Jessica | August 21, 2014
Exceptional Services
My family and I hired Mr. Welch for a personal injury case. He provided excellent services to my family and I. Mr. Welch completed the job in a timely fashion and always kept us in the loop. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about our case, and he demonstrated this in the courtroom. We can't thank him enough!
Posted by J'Raud | July 24, 2014
Satisfied father
If you've ever had to find a lawyer, I'm sure you have realized a lot of them are the same. Their focus is mainly on the hours logged in and how much they are going to make off you. So much so that you have to pay them to listen to why you want to hire them. They listen with no emotion, or real concern about your problem. This wasn't the case with Christopher, from Budish & Welch. From the moment you walk in, your welcomed by a friendly receptionist who doesn't have a problem with you asking a few questions. After speaking with Christopher during my free consultation he immediately started to ask for more information. Not about money or how soon I could have it to him. But he asked what was important." How are the kids dealing with this"? At the same time offering suggestions that might help solve the issues outside of court. He was direct and straight forward. He didn't offer me empty promises of victory. With a simple hand shake, he gave me his word to give his best. From that moment on, what was going on in my life, and also my kids life became personal to him. I was going for custody, dealing with a relocation, and a divorce. He didn't do unnecessary thing's to rack up my bill. He explained everything to me throughout each processes in a simple way that I could understand. He was not afraid to stand his ground if he needed to when I wanted to make a emotional decision. In the court room Christopher is a sight to see. Simply amazing! His experience and knowledge definitely shows. He has a confidence that puts you at ease during the process. You can never put a price on doing what's right for your children. With that being said. After seeing everything Christopher did and how all the staff handled my whole family. I know without a doubt I got more them I could of ever asked for. I thank God there are still honest, compassionate, hard working lawyers out there. I'm truly blessed to be able to say I know one now.
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Posted by William | April 16, 2013
Excellent custody lawyer
Chris has gone above and beyond for me. He has kept me informed, and stayed in contact constantly, be it through email or by phone. He has represented me with class and integrity. I would recommend him highly to anyone I know, unless I was in court against them.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2014
Family Law
Chris was helpful. He walked us through the process very well. He gathers often the fact about our case only when we are in his office. This shows a sign of partial commitment to our case.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Budash & Welch, LLP
  • 2005 - Present
  • Solicitor
  • Borough of Plumville
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender Indiana County
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Simpson, Kablack & Bell
  • 2002 - 2005
  • PA Supreme Court Certifed Legal Intern
  • District Attorney - Westmoreland County
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Casualty Claims - Litigation
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • 1994 - 2002
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  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2002
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • 1995
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • 1992


  • Indiana County Bar Association, Family Bar Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Indiana County Bar Association, Law Day Committee
  • Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Indiana County Bar Association, Charities Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Business Advisory Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Indiana County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Founding Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi - International Legal Fraternity
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension
  • Rules of the Road - trucks and trailering
  • 2014
  • Center for Family Business
  • Panel Moderator - When do you need an attorney?
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse Christopher
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Chris is very knowledgeable and professional and has been a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a very knowledgeable, effective advocate for his clients. I regularly refer clients to him for cases in Indiana County."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an absolute professional in all respects. The depth of his experience, coupled with his sharp knowledge of the law, is what makes working with him special. I have co-counseled with Chris on a number of matters over the past decade and fully trust his expertise and ability."
Indiana Family Lawyer Christopher Shawn Welch
Christopher Shawn Welch
Family Attorney
Indiana, PA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation