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Joseph Peggs Welch

also known as Joseph Welch, Joe Welch

About me

Joseph Welch has the reputation as an extremely aggressive criminal defense lawyer who takes several cases to trial every year and doesn't settle for the first lousy plea bargain the government offers.  He fights every case like it was his own and gets results.  

In addition to being the president of Greater St. Louis NORML, he is on the board of directors and a founding member of the new St. Louis chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers, and a graduate of the Missouri Bar CLE's Advanced Trial College.  He has been a member of NORML since 2006.  

Joseph Welch's office is in the Historic Dickmann Building in south St. Louis, but he handles cases all over the state of Missouri.  He has been especially active in the decriminalization of marijuana in the City of St. Louis and the lead attorney in the Occupy St. Louis cases, winning several acquittals for his clients.  


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    18 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    12 years



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  • Ruth Ann Mcguire Beerup

    Tough, compassionate attorney. Doesn't back down from a fight. Really cares about his clients.


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Contact info

Joseph P. Welch

The Historic Dickmann Building
3115 S. Grand Blvd., Suite 300
St. Louis, MO, 63118


MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013
GAActive Member in Good Standing 197007/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
TOP 10 Attorney Award for the state of MissouriNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
"Skilled Defense Lawyer"St. Louis Evening Whirl2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
"10 Best" Criminal Law Attorneys for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Presidential Academic AwardRonald Reagan1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJoseph P. Welch, Attorney at Law2002 - Present
AttorneyDerald Gab, P.C.2006 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Missouri Civil Liberties AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2012 - Present
Greater St. Louis NORMLMember2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeMember2006 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember1998 - Present
National Lawyers Guild - St. LouisBoard of Directors2013 - 2015
Greater St. Louis NORMLPresident2011 - 2014
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Missouri v. Kenneth UngerAll charges reduced to misdemeanors with a small fine just before our trial date.
Two Occupy St. Louis protesters acquittedAcquittal for both clients on all charges - the jury high-fived my clients and their friends outside the courthouse afterwards.
Client acquitted after being freecased by dirty copAcquittal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Missouri, ColumbiaGeologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ferguson and BeyondRepresenting the Activist in Criminal Court2015
Missouri ViewpointsKnow Your Legal Rights2013
Defending the Right to DissentCriminal Defense - Notes on the Protester's Criminal Case2013
Missouri State NORML ConferenceMarijuana Law2010