John J. Welsh
Managing Partner - Los Angeles
Mr. Welsh is Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Managing Partner and Chairperson of the Management Committee. He has served in these positions since 1996 and is a regular presenter and commentator at continuing education law forums and law practice management conferences. Mr. Welsh also is the Acting Chairperson of the Real Estate and Business Law Practice Group.
When not serving in the above roles, Mr. Welsh provides corporate expertise to the firm's private business and not-for-profit clients. Specifically, Mr. Welsh has negotiated and drafted all of the following documents: supply agreements, distribution agreements, joint venture agreements, franchise agreements, employee confidentiality agreements, leases, sale and purchase of assets and stock agreements, covenants not to compete, partnership agreements, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and SEC filings. Additionally, Mr. Welsh has corporate litigation experience involving discovery, law and motion, and trial work involving each of the following causes of action: breach of contract, goods sold and delivered, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, fraud, trade secrets, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress.
Mr. Welsh's education law experience encompasses a wide variety of institutional and student-related legal issues including, but not limited to, due process rights in disciplinary and tenure matters, sexual harassment, minority-based admissions and scholarship programs, reasonable accommodations for disabled students, student waivers, inappropriate discipline of students by faculty, right to privacy and public records access, duty of care of institution and its employees, free speech and assembly rights, plagiarism, student assault and battery, revocation and withholding of diplomas, campus crime disclosure, drug testing, accreditation and certification, open meeting laws, and institutional liability for employee negligence.
Mr. Welsh also has worked substantially on the evaluation of waste management cost proposals of private waste haulers for the firm's municipal clients, and he has developed and coordinated the responses of private clients to "primary responsible party/hazardous waste" investigations by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- Housing Authority of City of Glendale v. Advanced Development & Investment