Colleen S. Welch
1020 Highland Colony Parkway
Ridgeland, MS 39157
P (601) 973-5975 Fax (601) 206-0119
For Colleen Welch being a lawyer is more than just practicing law. For her, it is about building personal relationships with her clients and helping those in need. When working with Colleen, clients can expect an attorney who is responsive, hardworking, and truly wants to make a difference.
Colleen has successfully defended her clients at every stage of litigation, including in trial, upon dispositive motions, and on appeal. Her practice centers on toxic torts with a focus on silica and asbestos. She also has extensive experience in handling product liability cases.
Based in Mississippi, Colleen serves as both national counsel and local counsel for a variety of clients. As national counsel, Colleen manages litigation nationwide while working with local counsel to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients. She builds personal relationships with her clients and local counsel to foster open communication and trust, which allows her to resolve cases quickly and economically.
Her legal insight and ability to analyze and develop creative strategies have proven invaluable to her clients. Notably, in a case of first impression for the Mississippi Supreme Court, she developed a plan for a client that resulted in her client being dismissed from over 15 cases and effectively ended the litigation against this client in Mississippi. She also developed a strategy resulting in the dismissal of over 100 cases on behalf of multiple product manufacturers and distributors.
Dedicated to giving back to the community and the legal profession, Colleen is actively involved and has dedicated countless hours volunteering for many charitable, DEI, and legal organizations. Some of her many philanthropic activities include:
- Chairing the Maron Marvel’s DEI Committee for its Mississippi office.
- Being a member of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, she routinely volunteers to represent children in legal actions.
- Serving as committee chair of the Price-Prather Luncheon during the Bar’s 2022 Annual Meeting.
- Being appointed to be on the Women in the Profession Committee of The Mississippi Bar. Colleen was selected by The Mississippi Bar president, Judge Robert L. Gibbs.
- Member of Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter, where she can be found helping shelter dogs every weekend.
Upon graduating from law school, Colleen served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lamar Pickard of the 22nd District, Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is also a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau Auto Line.
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project 2023 “Top 40 at 40” Award Recipient
Martindale-Hubbell® Preeminent AV™ Peer Review Rated
Included in the 2016 – 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
She was named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers® list as seen in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine (2020-2021).
Included in the 2016 – 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®for Personal Liability Litigation – Defendants
2018 Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
She was named to the Mid-South Rising Stars® list as seen in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine (2012).
Secretary, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association 2022 -2023
Price-Prather Luncheon Committee Chair, Women in the Profession Committee of The Mississippi Bar 2022
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Speaker, “Silica Litigation: A Travel Through Time – What Did We Learn?” National FETTI Annual Conference (September 21 – 23, 2022, Chicago, IL)
General Liability & Casualty Defense
National Litigation Risk Management
Toxic and Mass Tort Litigation
Bar and Admissions
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D., 2002)
University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1994)