Welch has practiced construction law for over twenty-three
years. His practice is devoted to the representation
of contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers,
and design professionals. He was originally with the
law firm last known as McReynolds & Welch, P.C.
leaving McReynolds & Welch, he became of counsel
to Beloin & Associates, L.L.C.
Mr. Welch focuses his practice
on representing members of the construction industry
by providing them with contract analysis, preparation
of lien and bond claims, and representing their interests
in arbitration and litigation matters.
Mr. Welch has handled literally
hundreds of lien and bond claims, hundreds of construction
lawsuits, and participated in over 70 arbitrations.
He has obtained arbitration awards against entities
as notable as the Girl Scouts of America.
He is rated as an AV lawyer
by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed by Martindale-Hubbell
as a preeminent lawyer in the area of construction law.
Mr. Welch speaks at seminars on matters of interest
to those in the construction industry.
Michael Welch has experience
representing commercial general contractors, residential
general contractors and almost all areas of trade contracting,
including masonry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, paving,
grading, concrete forming, drywall, and framing.
Michael Welch stresses that
problems with construction projects frequently begin
at the earliest stages. For subcontractors this typically
involves the negotiation of contracts which are so one-sided
as to put the subcontractor at a significant disadvantage
in any negotiation or litigation of disputes that arise
during the course of the construction.
Some troublesome contract
clauses include the following typically found provisions
in general contractor contracts which may pose significant
problems for the trade contractor.