A lawyer since 1981, a mediator since 1997 and an arbitrator, he received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy from Cornell University in New York in 1975 and his law degree at the University of British Columbia in 1980.
He has extensive courtroom experience in many areas of law, from the most serious criminal law cases for both defence and prosecution, to personal injury claims, complex family problems and a wide range of other civil litigation.
Michael Welsh is is a regular author of articles in legal and dispute resolution journals and is past Chair of the Editorial Board of BarTalk, a major legal publication in BC published by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch.
He currently serves as:
Past President of the Canadian Bar Association (C.B.A.) BC Branch,
President of the Canadian Bar Association (C.B.A.) BC Branch, 2016 – 2017
Vice-President of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
Executive Member of the National ADR Section of the C.B.A.
Executive Member of the National Criminal Law Section of the C.B.A.
Past President of the Penticton & District Bar Association.
In 2017 Mr. Welsh was recognized by the Province of British Columbia with the Queen’s Counsel designation, the profession’s highest honour.