photo credit: StudioTart

photo credit: StudioTart

Michael Welch is an attorney focused on Smith Partners’ water resources and public sector practice. He is a frequent presenter on water- and public-law topics, and serves on the governing council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environment, Natural Resources and Energy section.

In 2005-06, he served as law clerk for Associate Justice Helen Meyer of the Minnesota Supreme Court after graduating from William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to his clerkship, Michael ran the Resources for Redevelopment program at the Minnesota Environmental Initiative. As director of the program, Michael supported dozens of nonprofit property-redevelopment projects and expanded the program’s scope into restoration of green spaces. Before joining MEI, Michael worked in communications for organizations and publications as diverse as the Minnesota North Stars, City Pages, the Carnegie Museum and the United States Golf Association.

Michael has served as the Minneapolis representative to the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission since January 2000; he was named its chair in February 2006.


  • J.D. magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 2004
  • B.A. with honors, University of Minnesota, 1992
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Helen Meyer, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2005-06.