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Joseph M. Welch

Joseph M. Welch



  • Insolvency & Financial Law Group
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Joseph M. Welch is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm’s Agribusiness/Agrifinance group, where he helps clients address the sector’s challenges in supply chains, financial volatility, risk mitigation, and other business issues. Mr. Welch leverages extensive experience in real estate, insolvency, restructuring, bankruptcy, and related litigation to provide clients with expert insights and strategies. He is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist, an elite designation from The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Welch also holds a California real estate broker license.

Mr. Welch counsels clients across a range of industries, including lending, leasing, and real estate. He has served as lead counsel in representing investors, large banks, and international and Fortune 100 companies. He conducts training seminars and presentations on trending legal topics throughout the country. Before practicing law, Mr. Welch was the principal of a real estate and mortgage brokerage.

Highlights of Mr. Welch’s practice include:

  • Creditor counsel: represent creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including numerous adversary proceedings and contested matters across the country;
  • Secured lending: document numerous multimillion-dollar loan transactions secured by personal and real property collateral, enforce UCC rights, and litigate competing security interests;
  • Outside general counsel: advise agricultural companies supervising all transactional and litigation matters (from routine matters to deals over $1 billion);
  • Trial attorney: experienced first-chair counsel in cases won on circumstantial evidence; lead counsel on a complete defense of over $48 million in alleged claims against clients in both federal and state courts;
  • Unlawful detainer actions: resolve complex/commercial unlawful detainer actions, including an award of prevailing attorneys’ fees and costs for defending one action at almost $1.4 million;
  • Appellate counsel: act as lead counsel on appeals before the federal district court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Court of Appeal.

Mr. Welch has earned recognition from Super Lawyers and other organizations for legal excellence. He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Orange County Chapter, and as Chair of the Agribusiness Committee for the state-wide California Lawyers Association. A classically trained cellist, Mr. Welch has performed at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington
  • Oregon


  • Loyola Law School
  • Brigham Young University
Areas of Practice

Insolvency & Financial Law Group | Litigation | Real Estate


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