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Walter Scott Welch III

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

It’s more than a bit ironic that Scott Welch was introduced to the law profession at the tender age of nine.

After all, the long-time Jackson attorney’s first-ever job was dusting books in his grandfather’s Laurel law office.

Today, Welch is a shareholder in the Jackson law office of Baker Donelson.  His main area of concentration is civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury, business tort, commercial transportation and insurance.

A veteran lawyer, Welch’s name appears as counsel in more than 125 reported decisions of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Mississippi Court of Appeals and U.S. District Courts in Mississippi.

Being a role model for younger, less-experienced lawyers, says Welch, is a trait that comes naturally.

“I try to – and believe I do – set an example for other lawyers, especially the younger ones,” he said.  “I view as a measure of my success the fact that a number of my cases come from lawyers to whom I have been opposed in the past.”

A 1964 graduate of the University of Mississippi law school, Welch has been accorded several honors during a career that has spanned five decades, including The Mississippi Bar’s prestigious Distinctive Service award in 2004.

In addition, he’s also been recognized since 2006 by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine as among the Top 50 Attorneys in Mississippi and has been named to the Lawdragon Inc. 500 Leading Lawyers in America list.

Courtrooms notwithstanding, Welch also prides himself on his volunteer work for the Bar, including making CLE presentations on professionalism and civility in the industry.  In fact, his mild-mannered style was recognized in a 2008 magazine profile that appeared in Mid-South Super Lawyers, where Welch was pronounced “the rabidly polite attorney.”

“I believe one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar,” Welch said.  “I try to treat others as I wish to be treated.”

Looking back over his 46-year career in front of the bench, Welch admits it’s difficult to describe his most significant achievement to date.

“Many successes and accomplishments are transitory in nature,” he said.  “I fight hard for my clients in a civil, professional manner, so my actions don’t detract from the merits of my client’s cases.

“I listen to my client and what they need.”

When not practicing his craft, Welch enjoys talking politics, reading, boating and spending time with wife, Mary Anne.

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More on Walter Scott Welch III:

Age: 71

Birthplace: Jackson

Family: Wife, Mary Anne

Hobbies: Talking politics

One word to describe himself: Professional

Donates time to: Harbor House Recovery Centers

Role model: W.S. Welch (grandfather), Walter Welch (father)

Most valuable skill: Civil, professional manner

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