Adam M. Welch


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Adam’s entire career has been spent defending the liberty and reputation of individual people in criminal and traffic prosecutions. He is particularly known as one of Wisconsin’s best criminal trial lawyers.

Adam strongly believes that every client’s rights must be vigorously protected. This includes how his clients are treated by the police and the court system, but it also influences how Adam relates to his clients.

Every client has the right to make important decisions on his or her case, and every client has his or her own priorities and concerns. Adam makes sure that every client understands his or her options and is empowered to make these important decisions for themselves.

Adam grew up in Waushara County in central Wisconsin, and attended college and law school here in Wisconsin. After law school, Adam devoted years to defending indigent clients through the State Public Defender’s office before going into private practice. He lives in Madison with his wife and four kids.

Practice Experience

  • Defended well over a 1000 individual clients on practically every variety of criminal or traffic case.
  • Represented over 50 clients at jury trial, on cases including first-degree intentional homicide, sexual assault, financial crimes, domestic violence, and impaired driving fatalities.
  • Effectively argued numerous criminal and traffic cases on appeal, including oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.
  • Successfully litigated pretrial motion issues, resulting in the dismissal or reduction of charges.
  • Negotiated satisfactory outcomes for clients to avoid consequences to professional licensure, immigration status, or other vital issues.
  • Protected the interests of clients during criminal investigations and related matters such as injunction or restraining order hearings, probation or parole matters, and mental health hearings.
  • Achieved expungement or modification of dated criminal records.

Practice Focus

  • Criminal defense
  • OWI / DUI
  • Trial advocacy
  • Criminal appeals/expungements

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Regular continuing legal education speaker at educational or professional seminars on topics including search and seizure, search warrants, trial strategy, discovery and investigation, and current issues in impaired driving cases.
  • Author of article on the legal implications of intoxication in prosecutions for intentional homicide.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 2007, cum laude)
  • Lawrence University (B.A. 2004)


  • State of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Community Involvement and Memberships

  • Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the Dane County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the National College for DUI Defense