Patrick F. Welch with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Attorneys at Law in Phoenix, Arizona

Patrick F. Welch Member

P: 602-262-5847
F: 602-495-2781
L: Phoenix

Mr. Welch focuses his practice in the areas of general and complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, and fidelity and surety litigation.  Mr. Welch is licensed in the States of Arizona and Nevada, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Based in Arizona, Mr. Welch regularly assists surety and fidelity clients with all facets of Arizona and Nevada claim investigations, litigation, trial, arbitration, mediation and appeals.   

Mr. Welch also has a wealth of overseas experience having worked for Mitsubishi International Corporation (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), Indochina Capitol Corporation, a financial services firm based in Hanoi, Vietnam, and General Electric Company (GE), a U.S. multinational conglomerate.  Mr. Welch is a fluent Spanish speaker and has extensive family and professional contacts within the Mexican, Argentine, and Colombian legal communities.  Mr. Welch’s international experience well positions him to assist surety and fidelity clients with overseas claim investigations, particularly within Latin America.  

Areas of Focus

  • Performance and Payment Bond Claim Investigations
  • Project Default
  • Takeover and Completion Agreements
  • Indemnity Workout Agreements
  • Miscellaneous and Statutory Bonds, including contractor license bonds, vehicle dealer bonds, notary bonds, transaction privilege tax bonds, broker and escrow agent bonds, mortgage broker bonds, and guardianship bonds
  • Fidelity Claim Investigations and Opinions
  • Design Professional Negligence
  • Delay Claims

Representative Engagements

  • Represented fidelity and surety clients in investigating and defending claims made against fidelity policies and surety bonds, including performance and payment bonds, bid bonds, subdivisions bonds, and miscellaneous statutory bonds.

  • Represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractor in construction-related litigation, including breach of contract, delay, professional negligence, and indemnity claims.

  • Represented Mexican and Australian nationals and businesses with respect to business transactions and litigation issues arising in the U.S. market.

  • Consulted Mexican and Australian foreign nationals with respect to business visa application requirements.

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, "The Challenges of Doing Business With Latin American Entities and the Emerging Cuban Market," American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee 2017 Midwinter Meeting (January 2017)

  • Featured, "Strengthening Arizona-Mexico relationships: Q&A with Patrick Welch," Arizona Capitol Times (2017)

  • Presenter, "Development Opportunities South of the Border: How to Get Started in Mexico," Development Opportunities in Mexico: Is Mexico Our New Frontier?, LAI (2016)

  • Co-author, "Viewpoints: Arizona Can't Be Last to Make Nice with Mexico," Arizona Republic (2016)

  • Author, "Prompt Payment Laws - Traps for the Unwary: Common Issues Affecting Owners, Contractors and Subcontractors" ABA, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (2016)

  • Presenter, “Métodos Alternativos de Solución de Conflictos: ventajas y desventajas en el contexto de un litigio comercial en los Estados Unidos," 2nd International Congress of the North West Institute of Mexican Certified Public Accountants hosted by the Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos Estado de Sonora (Hermosillo, Sonora, 2015)

  • Co-author, "Surety Bad Faith Issues Still Unresolved Twenty-Six Years After Dodge v. Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland" Arizona State Bar Construction Law Section Annual Conference (2014)

  • Presenter, “Comercio Bilateral Entre Mexico y Los Estados Unidos: La Importancia de Métodos Alternativos de Solución de Conflictos” at the Congreso Internacional Sobre Aspectos de Inversión hosted by the Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos Estado de Sonora (Hermosillo, Sonora, 2014)

  • Presenter, "Train the Trainer" and "Introduction to Mediation and Consensus Building," Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. (March 2012)

  • Co-author, "Problems and Pitfalls Handling AIA Bond Claims" (2011)

  • Contributing Author, "Complimentary Provisions of the Indemnity Agreement," The Surety's Indemnity Agreement - Law & Practice, 2d Ed., American Bar Association (2008)

  • Co-author, "Challenges to Plaintiffs Seeking Lead Plaintiff Status in Securities Fraud Class Actions," ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2006)

  • Contributing Author, "Recent Challenges to Class Certification in Securities Fraud Class Actions," ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2005)

Digital Media

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

  • Vietnamese (Limited Working Proficiency)

  • Japanese (Elementary Proficiency)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
    Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
  • Member, Surety Association of Arizona
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
    Construction Law Section
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Arizona-Mexico Commission
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Without Borders
  • Volunteer, Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • Nevada, 2013

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014


  • J.D., New England School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Connecticut College, 1999