Curtis A. Welch

Special Counsel

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.2529 Direct

Assistant: Joanna Bolstad: 503.243.1661 x 243

Practice Areas
Overview
Curtis brings over 27 years of experience to the firm in the areas of Construction Law, Civil Litigation, Real Property Law, and Insurance Law. 

In his Construction Law practice, Curtis represents subcontractors and suppliers, and owners and general contractors, in both Oregon and Washington.  He has substantial experience in both private and public construction law, and in matters relating to both commercial and residential construction projects.  His work includes review and drafting of construction contracts and other construction documents; pursuing or defending claims for payment, including lien claims and bond claims; and pursuing or defending construction defect claims. 

Curtis has a broad Civil Litigation practice in both Oregon and Washington in which he represents businesses and individuals in a wide array of matters.  He has substantial trial experience, including jury trial experience.

In his Real Property Law practice in both states, Curtis represents clients involved in disputes over real property purchases, leases, easements, boundary lines, adverse possession, and real property partition claims.  He has also represented clients in relation to claims of nuisance or trespass. 

His Insurance Law practice includes many years of experience in defending clients who have been sued for negligence or other torts.  He also has substantial experience in insurance coverage matters.

Curtis has an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell, their highest rating for ethics and professional excellence given by peers in the legal community.  He is also a regular contributor to legal education programs and to legal and trade publications. 

Most recently, Curtis was a partner for over 18 years with Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC in Vancouver, Washington.  Prior to that time, he was a partner with Lindstedt, Buono & Welch P.C. in Portland, Oregon. 

Education
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
         Articles Editor, Oregon Law Review
B.S. in Economics, University of Oregon
Oregon Institute of Technology (Dean's List)

Admitted to Practice
Washington State Bar 
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals
Honors
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
AV® Preeminent rating, Martindale Hubbell
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
Clark County Bar Association (Vancouver, WA)
Federal Bar Association
Oregon Remodelers Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Southwest Washington Contractors Association
Washington State Bar Association

Civic Organizations
  • Washington Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll for pro bono service and community service, 2014-2016
  • Executive Committee Member, Oregon State Bar, Construction Law Section, 2012 to present 
  • Member, Clark County Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, 2012 to present
  • Mock Trial Coach, Clark County Skills Center, 2012 - 2017
  • Member, Clark County Skills Center Criminal Advisory Committee
  • Past President, Southwest Washington Contractors Association
  • Past member, Multnomah County Bar Professionalism Committee
  • Committee member, Southwest Washington Contractors Association, 1998 to present
  • Co-Chair, Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section Annual CLE Seminars, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017
  • Youth sports coach for team sports, 1994 – 2010
Publications
  • "Washington Contractors Lose Lien Rights for Failure to Deliver a Disclosure Statement," Southwest Washington Contractors Association Newsletter (July 2017), and the Sussman Shank LLP Newsletter (May 2017)
  • Annual articles on Construction Law topics in Oregon State Bar Construction Law Newsletter, 2012 - 2016
  • Series of monthly articles in Clark County Bar Association Newsletter on Clark County Superior Court Judges' jury selection procedures, 2014 
  • Comment, 65 Oregon Law Review 145
  • "Construction Liens," multiple seminars, 1998 to present
  • Claims on public works projects, multiple seminars 
  • "Contract Law Principles," multiple seminars 
  • "Notices to Lender and Retainage Lien Claims," Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Clark County Bar and Oregon State Bar
Articles
Speaking Engagements
Continuing legal education presenter on construction law issues 
Presenter at events (1998 to present) sponsored by:

  • Building Industry Association of Southwest Washington
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Lien Research Corporation
  • National Precast Association
  • Northwest Door and Operator Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Professional Land Surveyors Association
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Practice Areas
Education
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
         Articles Editor, Oregon Law Review
B.S. in Economics, University of Oregon
Oregon Institute of Technology (Dean's List)

Admitted to Practice
Washington State Bar 
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals
Honors
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
AV® Preeminent rating, Martindale Hubbell

Curtis A. Welch

Special Counsel


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.2529 Direct

Assistant: Joanna Bolstad: 503.243.1661 x 243
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Curtis brings over 27 years of experience to the firm in the areas of Construction Law, Civil Litigation, Real Property Law, and Insurance Law. 

In his Construction Law practice, Curtis represents subcontractors and suppliers, and owners and general contractors, in both Oregon and Washington.  He has substantial experience in both private and public construction law, and in matters relating to both commercial and residential construction projects.  His work includes review and drafting of construction contracts and other construction documents; pursuing or defending claims for payment, including lien claims and bond claims; and pursuing or defending construction defect claims. 

Curtis has a broad Civil Litigation practice in both Oregon and Washington in which he represents businesses and individuals in a wide array of matters.  He has substantial trial experience, including jury trial experience.

In his Real Property Law practice in both states, Curtis represents clients involved in disputes over real property purchases, leases, easements, boundary lines, adverse possession, and real property partition claims.  He has also represented clients in relation to claims of nuisance or trespass. 

His Insurance Law practice includes many years of experience in defending clients who have been sued for negligence or other torts.  He also has substantial experience in insurance coverage matters.

Curtis has an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell, their highest rating for ethics and professional excellence given by peers in the legal community.  He is also a regular contributor to legal education programs and to legal and trade publications. 

Most recently, Curtis was a partner for over 18 years with Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC in Vancouver, Washington.  Prior to that time, he was a partner with Lindstedt, Buono & Welch P.C. in Portland, Oregon. 

Publications
  • "Washington Contractors Lose Lien Rights for Failure to Deliver a Disclosure Statement," Southwest Washington Contractors Association Newsletter (July 2017), and the Sussman Shank LLP Newsletter (May 2017)
  • Annual articles on Construction Law topics in Oregon State Bar Construction Law Newsletter, 2012 - 2016
  • Series of monthly articles in Clark County Bar Association Newsletter on Clark County Superior Court Judges' jury selection procedures, 2014 
  • Comment, 65 Oregon Law Review 145
  • "Construction Liens," multiple seminars, 1998 to present
  • Claims on public works projects, multiple seminars 
  • "Contract Law Principles," multiple seminars 
  • "Notices to Lender and Retainage Lien Claims," Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Clark County Bar and Oregon State Bar
Articles
News
Speaking Engagements
Continuing legal education presenter on construction law issues 
Presenter at events (1998 to present) sponsored by:

  • Building Industry Association of Southwest Washington
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Lien Research Corporation
  • National Precast Association
  • Northwest Door and Operator Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Professional Land Surveyors Association
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
Clark County Bar Association (Vancouver, WA)
Federal Bar Association
Oregon Remodelers Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Southwest Washington Contractors Association
Washington State Bar Association

Civic Organizations
  • Washington Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll for pro bono service and community service, 2014-2016
  • Executive Committee Member, Oregon State Bar, Construction Law Section, 2012 to present 
  • Member, Clark County Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, 2012 to present
  • Mock Trial Coach, Clark County Skills Center, 2012 - 2017
  • Member, Clark County Skills Center Criminal Advisory Committee
  • Past President, Southwest Washington Contractors Association
  • Past member, Multnomah County Bar Professionalism Committee
  • Committee member, Southwest Washington Contractors Association, 1998 to present
  • Co-Chair, Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section Annual CLE Seminars, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017
  • Youth sports coach for team sports, 1994 – 2010