Patrick F. Welsh, Esq.
OF COUNSEL – PRACTICE GROUP LEADER – WILDLIFE DIVISION | CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Mr. Welsh is a civil and criminal trial attorney who previously served as a Deputy District Attorney with the 14 th Judicial District in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he handled felony and misdemeanor prosecutions. His current practices include criminal defense, civil litigation, police defense, real estate litigation, personal injury, wireless telecommunications law and representing victims of wildlife law, to name a few. Mr. Welsh has litigated 50 cases to verdict, with 45 being favorable to his clients.
Mr. Welsh also specializes in the niche legal fields of wildlife law and wireless telecommunications law. Mr. Welsh specializes in wildlife law, where he represents outfitters and guides regarding their permitting and licenses, along with defending clients who have violated wildlife laws in the United States, to include handling wildlife suspension hearings and appeals in front of the appropriate governmental authority. Additionally, Mr. Welsh represents clients regarding the leasing, acquisitions, and dispositions of wireless telecommunications properties, including rooftop and land leases for wireless towers and antennas sites. He has represented numerous building and property owners, throughout the country, regarding lease negotiations with telecommunication carriers and the sale and purchase of telecommunication leases and towers by third party companies.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Welsh was a commercial real estate professional for 15 years, and has been a wireless telecommunications acquisitions and zoning professional for over 19 years and continues to represent clients in this area of law.
Mr. Welsh earned his Bachelor’s Degree’s from the University of St. Thomas, and his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan Law School. While in law school, he interned for the Kent County Michigan District Attorney’s office and the Denver County Colorado District Attorney’s office, was Class Director for the Student Bar Association, the Rules Director for the Student Bar Association, and earned the Book Award in Litigation.
When Mr. Welsh isn’t representing his clients, you will find him spending time with his family and also enjoying all that the Colorado great outdoors has to offer. An avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors, Mr. Welsh is a native of Omaha Nebraska where he hunted pheasant, duck and quail, along with fishing for walleye and bass. These days you’ll find him elk hunting and fly fishing in his favorite Colorado River, the Yampa, chasing that elusive 30” rainbow trout. In addition to his passion for hunting and fishing, Mr. Welsh enjoys skiing, golf, and camping with family and friends. Along with his outdoor activities, he is an advocate for the outdoors, animals, and wildlife by previously serving on the Routt County Humane Society Executive Board as Co-President, a co-board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Climb at Mile High Stadium, being a member of Friends of the Yampa, Ducks Unlimited, and volunteering for numerous events in and around Colorado. Mr. Welsh is proud of the fact that he was very instrumental in assisting the Routt County Humane Society with taking over the operations of the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter.
Mr. Welsh is “Of Counsel” with Mandelaris Law, LLC, and oversees its Wildlife Division and Criminal Defense Divisions. Mr. Welsh is also a skilled attorney within the Personal Injury Division.
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- Western Michigan Law School formerly Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Lansing, Michigan; Juris Doctor
- University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota; Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Dean’s List, Certificate of Merit: Trial Workshop
- Outstanding Senator Award
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Routt County Humane Society, prior Co-President
- Steamboat Springs, Summer Concert Series, Volunteer
- Routt County United Way, Volunteer
- Colorado Bar Association
- Northwest Colorado Bar Association
- Impact 100, prior Member
- Friends of the Yampa, Member
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Volunteer
- Cystic Fibrosis, Board Member for the CF Climb at Mile High Stadium
- Ski for STARS(Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports), Volunteer
- Ducks Unlimited – Member
- Pheasants Forever – Member