Melvin R. Welch

Melvin R. Welch

Welch Law Firm LLC
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, White Collar Crime ...
  • Minnesota
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Robert P. November 29, 2019
Agressive and fair I have required the services of many attorneys over the years but Melvin Welch was far and away the BEST attorney I have ever hired. My wife and I have lamented many times how different our lives would have been if we had someone as strong as Mel to stand up against the bullies in the "justice system". I cannot say enough good things about his abilities and professionalism.
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Melvin R. Welch was born and raised in a small farm town in Minnesota. Following graduation, Melvin attended college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, before joining the United States Navy in 1996. As a sailor, Melvin learned Russian and served aboard submarines. During his time in service, Melvin finished college and then worked as a translator in the NATO peacekeeping mission to Kosovo, translating for the United States Army and the Russian 13th Tactical Group in Kamenica, Kosovo.

Melvin R. Welch attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated in 2007. Melvin's first employ was with the Office of the State Public Defender as an appeals attorney, challenging wrongful convictions and illegal sentences. After several years with the State Public Defender, Melvin switched sides and prosecuted serious felony crimes for Hennepin County for nearly five years. Among the crimes he prosecuted were: murder, assault, robbery, burglary, drug crimes, property crimes, gun crimes, child abuse, DWIs, and various other crimes. Melvin tried hundreds of constitutional challenges and dozens of cases. He left the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to return to the criminal defense, working as an associate for a criminal defense law firm for a year before starting his own practice of law at Welch Law Firm. Melvin is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Melvin has handled serious felony and DWI matters in the five corners of Minnesota, and all over within.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    White Collar Crime
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Native American Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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8th Circuit
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  • Russian: Spoken, Written
  • Serbian: Spoken
Professional Experience
Welch Law Firm LLC
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WELCH LAW FIRM LLC seeks to represent individuals and small business owners against the steady stream of government overreach, whether it is in criminal cases or in civil disputes with governmental administrative bodies. Providing legal services to individuals charged criminally in Minnesota and Federal courts, from petty misdemeanors to felonies, from investigation through appeal, post-conviction challenge, and administrative challenges to collateral consequences. Representing clients in all manner of civil disputes to include: administrative disputes with local/city/state governments, business, contracts, insurance, consumer fraud, banking disputes, and miscellaneous issues resulting in litigation.
Appelman Law Firm
Criminal trial attorney in a small criminal defense firm.
Assistant County Attorney
Office of the Hennepin County Attorney
Prosecuted felony crimes for the County of Hennepin. Acted as a liaison to Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct, working with community leaders and interested parties regarding prosecution of repeat offenders.
Postconvictions and Appeals
Minnesota State Public Defender
Represented indigent defendants in post-conviction and appellate proceedings, parole revocation proceedings, risk assessment level assignments and appeals arising out of those administrative actions.
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. (2007) | Law
Honors: Dean's List
Activities: American Indian Bar Association, Moot Court Competitor and Director
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University of Maryland - College Park
B.A. (2000) | History and Russian Language & Literature
Honors: Dean's list, Native American Academic Excellence Award
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Defense Language Institute
Certification | Russian Language
Honors: Military Provost Award for Excellence in Russian Language
Activities: United States Navy - active service
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Up & Coming Attorney
Minnesota Lawyer
Honorees for the Up & Coming Attorneys are selected by an outside panel consisting of past Honorees. Up & Coming Attorneys are judged for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service to their community and profession, and achievements in their first 10 years of being admitted to the bar.
Eagle Scout
Boys Scouts of America
Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar
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University of Minnesota Alumni and Student Engagement Committee
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Activities: The Alumni & Student Engagement Committee’s work is based on the guiding assumption that both alumni engagement and student success are fostered by bringing alumni and current students together in meaningful ways through events, volunteer work, and other initiatives. The Committee’s goal is to foster and strengthen opportunities for those interactions within the University of Minnesota Law School community. To accomplish this goal, we expect all members of the Committee to actively participate in both the Committee’s work and the events and volunteer opportunities organized by Law School staff.
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Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
Board Member
- Current
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Welch Law Firm
Contact & Map
Main office
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite W-1610
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: (612) 741-3272
Satellite office
250 Second Avenue South
Suite 205
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Telephone: (612) 741-3272
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