Patrick F. Welch


Mr. Welch focuses his practice in the areas of general and complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, and fidelity and surety litigation. He is licensed in Arizona, Nevada, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Based in Arizona, Mr. Welch regularly assists surety and fidelity clients with all facets of Arizona and Nevada claim investigations, litigation, trial, arbitration, mediation, and appeals.


Mr. Welch focuses his practice in the areas of general and complex commercial litigation, surety and construction litigation, and U.S./Mexico cross-border business transactions and litigation. Mr. Welch regularly handles matters in Arizona and Nevada.

Mr. Welch has an extensive familiar and professional network in Mexico.  Mr. Welch is a delegate on the Financial and Legal Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and actively involved with promotion of U.S./Mexico cross border trade.  Mr. Welch helped establish the Arizona Mexico Town Hall Forum and is a Founding member and Vice President of the Sonoran Desert Chapter of Lamda Alpha International. Mr. Welch’s passion for supporting clients with U.S./Mexico cross-border business objectives stems from his strong family connection to Mexico.


Admitted to Practice

  • Nevada (2013)
  • Arizona (2006)
  • Massachusetts (2005)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (2013)

Representative Experience

Surety and Construction Representative Engagements  

  • Represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractor in construction-related litigation, including breach of contract, delay, professional negligence, and indemnity claims.
  • Represented surety clients in investigating and defending claims made against various forms of surety bonds, including performance and payment bonds, bid bonds, subdivisions bonds, and statutory bonds (e.g. motor vehicle dealer bonds, contractor license bonds, mortgage broker bonds, etc.).
  • Represented surety clients in indemnity recovery actions.
  • Consulted surety clients on takeover agreements, tender agreements, collateral security and assignment agreements and indemnity agreements.
  • Represented general contractor in dispute with surety and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers involving payment dispute under federal contracts.
  • Represented 8(a) SBA general contractor in dispute with its joint venture partner and mentor involving entities performing work under federal contracts.

Cross Border Representative Engagements

  • Negotiated and documented real property transactions, including sales and acquisitions of residential and commercial properties.
  • Advised U.S. investor group concerning agreement for the development of a luxury time-share project along the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
  • Advised U.S. contractors in connection with due diligence and bidding on public construction project in Mexico.
  • Advised U.S. sureties in connection with construction bond defaults in Mexico and related indemnity recovery actions in the U.S.
  • Advised U.S. surety on dynamics of Mexican surety market and potential acquisition candidates, and provided recommendation on due diligence.
  • Represented U.S. based food manufacturer in connection with cross-border commercial dispute with Mexican customer.
  • Advised Mexican individuals and entities concerning business formation in the U.S.
  • Advised U.S. Company in connection to near shoring operations in Sonora, Mexico, including entity formation, lease agreement, and related tax planning.

Media and Presentations






  • “Surety Association of Arizona – Conference call: Force Majeure contract provision language and the New SBA Coronavirus Lending Programs ,” Surety Association of Arizona (April 15, 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Qualified Zone Opportunities,” Surety Association of Arizona (November 19, 2019)
  • Moderator, “The Importance of Communication in Cross-Border Business,” Sonora-Arizona Commission, Economic Development Committee (November 2019)
  • Presenter, “Cross-Border Trade Focus of Arizona-Mexico Town Hall in Hermosillo,” 91.5 KJZZ (October 2019)
  • Presenter, “Arizona & Mexico Town Hall,” The Creative Show (October 2019)
  • Moderator, “Arizona Business Attraction,” Arizona Mexico Commission, Financial Legal Services Committee Panel (June 2019)
  • Moderator, “Expanding into the Arizona Market,” Arizona Mexico Commission, Cross Border Investment Workshop (June 2019)
  • Presenter, “Opportunities for Artists South of the Border: How to Get Started in Mexico?” Arizona Mexico Commission, Arts and Culture Committee (June 2019)
  • Presenter, “Ethics Issues in the Use of Key General Indemnity Agreement Provisions,” Surety Claims Institute (June 2019)
  • Presenter, “Key Trends Concerning Cross-Border Trade and Investment in the Arizona-Sonora Mega-Region,” Land Economics Society’s (LAI) Sonoran Desert Chapter (February 2019)
  • Presenter, “Foreign Judgement,” Arizona Mexico Commission, International Section of Arizona State Bar and the Barra Sonorence de Abogados A.C. (COLEGIO), Financial and Legal Services Committee (November 2018)
  • “The Challenges of Doing Business With Latin American Entities and the Emerging Cuban Market,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee 2017 Midwinter Meeting (January 2017)
  • “Development Opportunities South of the Border: How to Get Started in Mexico,” Development Opportunities in Mexico: Is Mexico Our New Frontier?, LAI (2016)
  • “Métodos Alternativos de Solución de Conflictos: ventajas y desventajas en el contexto de un litigio comercial en los Estados Unidos,” 2nd International Congress of the North West Institute of Mexican Certified Public Accountants hosted by the Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos Estado de Sonora (Hermosillo, Sonora, 2015)
  • “Comercio Bilateral Entre Mexico y Los Estados Unidos: La Importancia de Métodos Alternativos de Solución de Conflictos,” at the Congreso Internacional Sobre Aspectos de Inversión hosted by the Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos Estado de Sonora (Hermosillo, Sonora, 2014)
  • “Train the Trainer” and “Introduction to Mediation and Consensus Building,” Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. (March 2012)


American Bar Association

  • Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
  • Co-Chair, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee’s International Law Sub-Committee (2019)

Surety Association of Arizona

State Bar of Nevada

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Construction Law Section

Massachusetts Bar Association

Arizona-Mexico Commission

  • Delegate, Financial and Legal Services Committee

Lambda Alpha International

  • Vice President, Sonoran Desert Chapter

Arizona Town Hall

Community Involvement

Lawyers Without Borders

  • Volunteer

Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards

  • Volunteer

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)
  • Vietnamese (Limited Working Proficiency)
  • Japanese (Elementary Proficiency)