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Gordon Edward Welch Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pensacola, FL

4.7   12 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 39 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 45 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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FORMER NAVY JAG OFFICER WITH MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DEDICATED TO HELPING CLIENTS IN ALL FAMILY LAW MATTERS, INCLUDING APPEALS. CALL (850) 876-6838 FOR A CONSULTATION!

Gordon Edward Welch practices in Pensacola, Florida and represents clients throughout Northwest Florida in all family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation or time sharing, modification and enforcement of decrees, parental relocation, paternity, step-parent adoption, domestic violence injunctions, and appeals relating to family law matters. Mr. Welch is directly involved with every client and considers himself personally responsible for what happens in their cases. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and member of the bar in the District of Columbia and in Florida, he is directly involved in all aspects of his client’s cases and does not delegate his responsibilities to paralegals or legal assistants. As a former Navy JAG officer, Mr. Welch has handled many divorces involving military members or their spouses and understands the unique aspects and demands of such cases. For an initial telephone consultation at no charge please call Mr. Welch today.

Effective representation to help you get the results you want
Gordon Welch is a skilled and capable family law attorney who works diligently to understand your situation and then pursue and protect your legal rights and interests. He brings to your case the benefit of:

Confidence — Mr. Welch provides a hands-on, direct approach to legal representation and will confidently and vigorously pursue the most appropriate course of action in your case.
Personal Experience — Many of his clients are active duty or retired military members or civil service employees. Because he grew up in a Navy family and served in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, he understands the special needs of such clients.
Knowledge — With more than 30 years of experience, he has the knowledge to effectively represent you in all aspects of your case, including appeals. .

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Gordon Edward Welch, Pa
201 E Government St Ste 138
Pensacola, FL, 32502-6018

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeff | June 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Detailed, thorough attorney and great client manager
He took on a difficult interstate child custody and child support case for me in 2007. He represented me until my son graduated high school in GA in 2013. He was able to dumb down the legalese for me so that I clearly understood all aspects of what I was asking for and also pointed out potential unintended consequences that I could not see. He speaks with clear intention and doesn't mix words to soften the information that he was about to deliver to me. I am grateful for him and Pat as they were always helpful and above all patient. I had quick, easy and personal access to his office and I almost always felt I was his only client (although that was not the case). I highly recommend Mr. Welch to anyone that needs an experienced fighter in family law. - JDD
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Posted by Mitzi Fails | April 12, 2021
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Awesome Lawyer
Mr. Gordon is the best lawyer ever! He was very thorough. He made sure I understood everything from start to finish. He was very genuine, he cared about how I was feeling during the process of my divorce. He's definitely not your average attorney. If you want the best of the best I really suggest calling Mr. Gordon Welch! You want be disappointed!
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Posted by Lacey | April 7, 2021
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Efficient, Proactive, Straightforward
Mr. Welch is an amazing lawyer who was a great asset to my case. He's very easy to communicate with. He shares every aspect of the case with his clients and keeps you in the know. He answers any questions that are asked and ensures that you understand before moving on to other topics. I received favorable results with Gordon on my side and I'm more than pleased with how things were settled in mediation in my child custody case. If you are debating on whether or not to hire or even have a consultation with Mr. Welch, go ahead and make the phone call to do it. It will be well worth your time and money in the long run. Thanks for everything, Gordon!
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Posted by Leighton | April 5, 2021
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All around best Lawyer
Mr. Welch was kind and professional during our many interactions. I have used several attorneys over the years and I am so glad I found Mr. Welch. He is the only attorney I have hired with that truly cared about my family and the outcome of my case.
Posted by Brian R. | April 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney That You’ll Want On Your Side.
My initial conversation with Gordon Welch put me at ease about having to go through the uncertainties of divorce. I was even more comfortable with the decision to retain him as my attorney upon meeting with him. He was detailed, and very organized during the entirety of my divorce proceedings. Most importantly he listened as I talked, and allowed me to tell my whole story. Gordon Welch is very knowledgeable in family law and I felt very confident going into depositions, mediation, and even the child support hearing that I rehired him for. Gordon fought to the very end to get the best deal possible and he made sure I wasn’t taken advantage of during the mediation negotiation process. I’ve recommended him to friends and family members with no hesitation. Both Gordon and his team “Pat” were always professional and respectful from start to finish. The rates are very reasonable, but I feel the service Mr. Welch provided went far and beyond the money spent. I’m glad I had Gordon Welch on my side.
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Posted by Kelly | March 29, 2021
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Great attorney! Very honest, straight forward, and responsive.
I was referred to Gordon by a good friend of mine, and upon interviewing with Gordon I knew right away he was the person to represent me. Gordon is FOR his clients, and conducts business in a very straight forward manner. If your just wanting to hear some "feel good" stuff from an attorney who is simply after your money, then don't call Gordon. Gordon will be very honest with you, regarding your case, and represent you at the highest level. Gordon's extensive experience in family law, as well as his work ethic, provided a very positive outcome for my case. As such, I would highly recommend Gordon Welch.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2021
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The right fit
Divorce in my opinion is the hardest experience in this life. Gordon guided me through this with strength, compassion and experience. I really appreciated his straightforward approach. I interviewed other lawyers and they just didnt feel right. He knew what steps to take with my case at a time when I just couldn't see what needed to be done. He crushed the opposing lawyer and got my children and I the appropriate deal. Of course I would recommend him and his teammate and wife. My ex even recommended him!
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Posted by Brent R. Shavnore | March 28, 2021
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Top notch attorney
Gordon is a very well organized and knowledgeable attorney who will advocate for you and ensure you ethically get the best legal outcome both financially and in terms of litigation. He is sharp as a tack and has the memory of a computer. Do what he tells you to do, be transparent, honest, and the rest is in the magic of the relationships and legal knowledge he's built over the past decades of practicing law. Put Gordon on your team before your spouse does.
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Posted by Amber | January 14, 2021
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The Best Family Attorney......Hands Down!!!
I hired Gordon Welch for my divorce case and it was the best decision I could of made at such a difficult time in my life! Even from my initial consultation it was clear to me how well versed he was in family law. He showed sympathy, knowledge, and professionalism. I can say without a doubt that Mr. Welch truly cared and fought his hardest to make sure I got the best possible results. And I will share that my divorce case did involve minor children. I also appreciated Mr. Welch's honesty in working my case, he did not over charge nor bill me unnecessary fees. He was very clear on his fees and I quickly realized, he cost less than any family law attorney I had a consultation with in this area. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a tough family law attorney, who goes above and beyond for their clients, to give Gordon Welch a call!
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Need a good military divorce lawyer?
Mr Gordon Welch is a highly knowledgeable divorce lawyer and skilled in details relating to military divorces. Starting with the initial interview before taking my case, he explained what would be required to comply with Florida laws, and after taking my case, he walked me through the time consuming and highly detailed paperwork. He provided me options and recommendations concerning those options relating to how the case would be handled. We discussed specific decisions that I had made and he provided recommendations on how to better approach those decisions before my final proposal on the division of assets. In an effort to keep my cost down, he was able to provide timely feedback and information through emails and phone calls, reducing in-person meetings to final paperwork reviews and briefings prior to the deposition and mediation.
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Posted by Gary | June 2, 2015
The best damn lawyer the South ever produced!
I hired Mr. Welch in 2000 to represent me in a very nasty custody battle. I live in Indiana and my son lived in Pensacola with his mother. This man is the most thorough, most detail oriented lawyer I have ever dealt with. His in depth knowledge of family law, interstate compact laws, UCMJ regulations (if you are military), state law, etc. makes him the right man for the job. He represented me until my son turned 20 and got his GED down in FL. His mother constantly attacked me requesting more support, and unrealistic requests but Mr. Welch, more times than not, was able to deflect he attacks and minimize the damage she tried to inflict in my life. He is not the cheapest guy in town, but you get what you pay for. He and his wife Pat work tirelessly for their clients. I've been told I have the biggest file in their storage because they were there for me for 14 years! That is a long time to fight off and on in court but with his superior note taking skills he was always on top of my case. He kept me on the right side of the law, gave her enough rope to hang herself (my ex) when it was needed, and played it cool in front of the judge. I won most of the time because he was always better than her lawyer or the state's attorney. If I had tried to fight my ex from out of state, by myself, I would have probably been put in jail at one time or another for breaking a rule or something and I probably would have never got to meet my son. I never got in trouble under Mr. Welch's guidance and I actually won custody for 7 years (until he was old enough to move away) and I know that living with me made my son's life better. That wouldn't have happened without Mr. Welch dedicating his heart and soul to my case when I needed him the most. I would recommend Mr. Welch to anyone that asks. It's good to have a professional relationship that turns into friendship over the course of a decade or so. I wasn't just a client, I was like a brother that he didn't want to see chewed up and spit out by the system and he made sure that he didn't let that happen. I have authorized Mr. Welch to use my case as an example of some of the trial and tribulations that a psychopath ex can try and do to a man along with the legal wrangling that Mr. Welch can do to put someone like that back in their place. By far, Mr. Welch is the best damn lawyer the South ever produced!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2021
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Not a good fit
Let me start off by saying mr Welch was a good attorney he was knowledgeable about laws but actually lacked the fire and drive and enthusiasm it took to press the other side, and that’s partly my fault I should have taken a firmer stance, from the outset we asked for majority custody which was denied by her side and I pretty much computated on the matter even though I was the one who stayed at home with the kids for years and made all the decisions when it came to them, and at any point I could have proved that and still can, the worse thing is we didn’t press them any harder on the matter and should have deposed the other side, from the very onset but didn’t. Then came mediation which in itself is bs if you ask me, it’s very much ran like buying a car but this time you have a negotiator going back and forth with the salesmen going back and forth to the financial manager they almost try and force you into a deal like a forced confession out of an innocent person, just so you can be done with the process for me it was my day to have the kids and I was getting time to pick them up and my lawyer really want to get a deal done even though I really wasn’t on board because to be quite honest with you it was at a point where I need to go get my kids from school so we actually wrapped it up as fast as possible towards the end and then when we got outside Mr. Welch asked me why I had such a long face and didn’t look satisfied, And it’s because I wasn’t and he knew that and then when I called him a couple days later he said to me it’s only natural to feel some sort of buyers remorse comparing my child custody case as like buying something I didn’t want and was now stuck with, it has eaten at me everyday since and I’m tired of it and want to take immediate action for my son and myself because the fact remains all the evidence or things we had to use on the mother wasn’t really even brought up and To most lawyers the deal I got was actually probably pretty good if you had to normal kids you couldn’t really ask for better in my opinion because again I can appreciate the 50-50 timesharing begin my case for unique because I have an autistic son that has depended on me, and still does, And to be quite honest with you when the DCF investigation happened even though they didn’t know where the injury occurred Mr. Welch should’ve actually filed an emergency hearing that would’ve granted me temporary majority custody until the conclusion was reached but that was never done because there are laws on the books to actually allow that, and to add one more thing one of the mediations comment before I left his mediation office was to my attorney Mr. Welch that he could very well see this current parenting planned getting petitioned to be modified in some way.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Gordon Edward Welch, P.A.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Judge Advocate General
  • United States Navy
  • 1980 - 1984

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Colby College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kelson v. Kelson, 675 So.2d 1370 (Fla. 1996)
  • Florida Supreme Court granted the appeal and reversed the trial court decision denying the former spouse a share of Voluntary Separation Incentive benefits elected by military spouse in lieu of military retirement benefits

Associations

  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Colby College
  • 1974
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Colby College
  • 1974
  • Stephen Coburn Philosophy Prize
  • Colby College
  • 1974
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Pensacola Divorce and separation Lawyer Gordon Edward Welch Jr.
Gordon Edward Welch Jr.
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pensacola, FL
Licensed for 45 years
Free Consultation