Bio / AccomplishmentsMr. Welch was born in Forth Worth, Texas. He received his B.B.A. in accounting from Baylor University in 1991, graduating cum laude. Following graduation, he worked as an audit associate with the public accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand (the predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers), and then as a litigation support associate with the worldwide public accounting firm, BDO Seidman. Mr. Welch passed the CPA exam on his initial sitting in 1991, and was licensed as a CPA in 1994 following a two-year practice requirement (currently inactive).
Mr. Welch then attended the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his J.D., and admission to the Texas state bar in 1997. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas. While in law school, Mr. Welch participated in several “mock trial” competitions, and was an associate editor of The Review of Litigation, a University of Texas legal journal.
Mr. Welch began his legal career with the firm of Browder & Higginbotham, P.C., in Austin, Texas, specializing in intellectual property and commercial litigation. Mr. Welch subsequently established his own firm, which he operated for two years. Mr. Welch joined Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, in 2001, and continues his focus on intellectual property and commercial litigation.
Mr. Welch has significant experience in copyright and trademark litigation, as well as “softer” intellectual property issues such as trade secrets and unfair competition. He also has significant experience in drafting and litigating license agreements, and routinely drafts trademark and copyright applications. Furthermore, his practice necessarily involves employment issues such as noncompete and confidentiality agreements, which he routinely drafts and litigates.
Mr. Welch is an active legal writer, having been published in legal journals on such topics as brewpub legislation (The Inevitability of the Brewpub: Legal Avenues for Expanding Distribution Capabilities, 16 Rev.Litig.173 (1997) ), to the admissibility of expert testimony in litigation (From Epidemiological Studies to Beekeeping: Even After Robinson and Havner, There is Still an Advantage in Classifying Experts as Non-Scientific, 18 Rev.Litig.227 (1999) ).
Mr. Welch is a member of the Travis County Bar Association, as well as the Young Men’s Business League which has supported the Austin Sunshine Camps for underprivileged kids for over 75 years.