Thomas J. Welsh is a Principal in the Firm’s Hartford office. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Welsh was a founder and principal of Brown & Welsh, P.C., a general business law practice located in Meriden, Connecticut. Mr. Welsh focuses his practice on business law, including commercial law and bankruptcy matters, commercial real estate matters, commercial lending and commercial collection matters. He also represents businesses in the negotiation and drafting of business agreements, including the acquisition and sale of business assets, with a concentration in matters involving technology and construction of complex equipment. He also serves as an arbitrator of business disputes for the American Arbitration Association and is the former Chair of an American Bar Association Joint Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Finance Transactions.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Welsh worked as a self-employed consultant and as a consultant in the Mayor’s offices in Hartford and Shelton, respectively, and was the elected chief executive officer of the undergraduate student government at the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Welsh was appointed and reappointed by the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives and serves as a member of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission, where he was the co-chair of the Advisory Committee on the 2010 revisions to UCC-Article 9 (Secured Transactions) and, most recently, on the adoption of the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act in Connecticut, both of which were adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly. Mr. Welsh received a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly on his work on adoption of UCC Article 9 (Secured Transactions) in Connecticut in 2001 and frequently testifies before General Assembly committees on business law topics.
Mr. Welsh is the President of the Meriden Economic Development Corporation and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Welsh is a member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations and a member of the American Law Institute. He is also a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys. Mr. Welsh is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys and is the former Chairman of the Commercial Finance section of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial law and Bankruptcy section. Mr. Welsh is also a former elected member of the Board of Alderman and Chair of the Finance Committee of the City of Shelton, Connecticut.
Mr. Welsh received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1980 and his B.S., magna cum laude, in Physics from the University of Connecticut in 1975. Prior to enrolling in law school, Mr. Welsh studied as a graduate student in the PhD program of the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded a research assistant in neutron diffraction with Nobel laureate Dr. Clifford D. Shull. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, in the Federal District, District of Connecticut and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Welsh is also an author and contributor of numerous articles and books and is a frequent lecturer on commercial law topics.