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ANDREW J. WELCH, III

Partner

770-957-3937 MAIN | 678-583-4888 FAX

AWELCH@SMITHWELCHLAW.COM

Practice Areas
Local Government and Public Sector Representation and Litigation
Zoning Matters and Litigation
Environmental Law
Real Estate
Wills and Estates
Business Litigation

Law School: Vermont Law School, JD 2001, Masters 2001
Undergraduate: Presbyterian College, BS, honors in biology 1994

Andrew (Andy) J. Welch, III, was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in McDonough. He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1994 where he received a Bachelor of Science with honors in biology. After college, Mr. Welch served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.

In 1997, Mr. Welch entered Vermont Law School. He also held a summer internship with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C.   Mr. Welch served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s online environmental law journal and received academic honors for his performance in the school’s moot court competition.  Mr. Welch graduated from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law.

After law school, Mr. Welch clerked for the U.S. Magistrate Judges for the Northern District of New York. Thereafter, Mr. Welch practiced with Devorsetz Stinziano Gilberti Heintz & Smith in Syracuse, New York where his practice primarily focused on zoning and land use law.

Reported
Cases
  • City of Union Point v. Greene County, et al., 303 Ga. 449 (2018)
  • Elbert County, et al. v. Sweet City Landfill, LLC, et al., 297 Ga. 429 (2015)
Trial
Experience
  •  Gwinnett County, GA v. City of Auburn, et al – Gwinnett Superior Court – 09A-01923-9
  • Douglas County, GA v. City of Austell, et al – Douglas Superior Court – 14cv02311
  • Baldwin County, GA v. City of Milledgeville – Baldwin Superior Court – 2019049244
  • Barrow County, GA v. City of Winder – Barrow Superior Court – 17-cv-001663-W
  • City of Tifton v. Tift County, GA – Tift Superior Court – 2018CV311
  • Lowndes County, GA v. City of Valdosta, et al. – Lowndes Superior Court – 2017cv65
  •  Lumpkin County, GA v. City of Dahlonega –Lumpkin Superior Court – 12-cv-757
  • Toombs County, GA v. City of Vidalia, et al. – Toombs Superior Court – 12-cv-407
  • City of Union Point v. Greene County, GA – Greene Superior Court – 2015-cv-258
Admissions and
Recognitions
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • New York Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
Awards
HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
W.L. “Billy” Carter Public Service Award | 2016

HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Public Servant of the Year | 2016

YOUTH SPARK
Certificate of Appreciation | 2015

ASSOC. OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GA
Legislative Award | 2013

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Legislative Leadership Institute | 2011

HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Volunteer of the Year | 2008

PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS COUNCIL OF GA
D.A.’s Association Award | 2016

UNITED WAY
Safe Harbor Act Champion | 2015

GA CONFERENCE ON FAMILIES & CHILDREN
Distinguished Service Award | 2014

GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
Champion of GA Cities | 2011-2012, 2013-2014

HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Outstanding Leadership Award | 2010

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Eagle Scout | 1987

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