As a board certified criminal law specialist I have had the privilege of representing thousands of clients charged with everything from minor traffic violations to serious felonies in courtrooms all over the Cape Fear region during my 14 plus years of private practice. Previously I served as an Assistant District Attorney where I handled hundreds of cases on behalf of the State of North Carolina. My practice spans district and superior courts, both State and Federal.
I was born and raised in Washington, DC before attending college in Connecticut. I moved to North Carolina in 1997 to attend Wake Forest School of Law. After graduating I went to work as aprosecutor before entering private practice in late 2002. I live in Jacksonville with my wife, children and dogs.
I have an old-fashioned view of the legal field, and feel that lawyers need to treat their practice more as a profession than as a business. My firm, Welch and Avery strives to provide our clients with a high level of service and individual attention. I take a great deal of pride in my work I am truly appreciative when a client puts their trust in our representation. If you are in need of legal help, I hope you will contact us and see what we can do to help.
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Chris Welch is a phenomenal attorney. As a prosecutor I had the opportunity to try cases against him and I can honestly say he is one of the best I went against. My professional career has been enriched by him, and best of all, he is a true gentleman! You will not go wrong hiring Chris Welch.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Lawyers||American Society of Legal Advocates||2016|
|Top 100 Lawyers||American Society of Legal Advocates||2015|
|Criminal Law Specialist||North Carolina State Bar||2014|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2013|
|Managing Partner||Welch and Avery||2015 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Welch and Harris, Llp||2009 - 2015|
|Attorney||The Welch Law Firm, PC||2003 - 2009|
|Associate||Anderson Hogston||2002 - 2003|
|Assistant District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney, 4th JD||2000 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Onslow County Pretrial resources||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense Section||N/A||2003 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Onslow County Bar Association||N/A||2000 - Present|
|4th Judicial District Bar||Treasurer||2012 - 2013|
|Onslow County Teen Court||Board of Directors||2003 - 2009|
|State v. Listle||Jury verdict: Not Guilty|
|State v. Foy||Jury Verdict: Not Guilty|
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|Wake Forest University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Trinity College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|