Curtis A. Welch
Curtis Welch blends a skill for effective legal strategies with a strong litigation background, making him an effective advocate for individual and corporate clients in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, personal injury defense, real estate law and litigation, and corporate law. Curtis has been awarded the prestigious AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Curtis has also been inducted to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars, whose careers have demonstrated achievement, outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities, and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent of attorneys licensed to practice in each state.

Curtis brings more than 25 years of professional legal experience to Duggan, Schlotfeldt & Welch. In his commercial litigation practice, Curtis represents individuals and companies in disputes related to business issues, including breach of contract claims, cases for collection of debts, disputes among owners or officers of companies, and disputes between businesses, or between businesses and individuals. In his construction law practice, Curtis represents contractors, subcontractors, material and labor suppliers, developers, and owners on commercial and residential projects. His construction law work includes construction litigation, bond claims, lien claims and contract claims, and preparation of construction agreements. Curtis also has substantial experience in insurance law and litigation, having tried many cases to conclusion, including many cases arising out of automobile accidents. His industry background gives him an intimate understanding of the challenges inherent in the modern insurance landscape.

Curtis brings the same level of expertise to his real estate law and litigation practice, routinely assisting clients in the areas of sales and purchases, leases, easements, boundary disputes, and trespass and nuisance claims.

Representative Matters
  • General litigation
  • Negligence disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Business disputes
  • Construction defect disputes
  • Construction lien claims
  • Public work project claims, including payment bond and retainage fund liens
  • Creditor claims
  • Real property litigation, including boundary disputes
  • Business and real estate transactions
  • Business formation
  • Contractor bond disputes

Professional Experience
  • Attorney/Member, Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch (1998 to present)
  • Attorney, Horenstein & Duggan (1997 to 1998)
  • Associate Attorney, then Shareholder (1990 to 1997), Lindstedt & Buono/Lindstedt Buono & Welch, P.C., Portland, Oregon
  • State Farm Insurance Company (1987-1990)

Teaching and Speaking Engagements
  • Continuing legal education presenter on construction law issues
  • Presenter at events (1998 to present) sponsored by:
    > Oregon State Bar
    > Clark County Bar Association
    > Lien Research Corporation
    > National Precast Association
    > Building Industry Association of Southwest Washington
    > Professional Land Surveyors Association
    > Northwest Door and Operator Association

Appellate Cases
  • Gender Machine Works v. Eidal International Sales Corp., 145 Or. App. 198, 929 P.2d 1033 (1996)

Community Involvement
  • 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 to 2016
  • 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
  • Youth sports coach for team sports, 1994 to 2010

  • Annual articles on Construction Law topics in Oregon State Bar Construction Law Newsletter, 2012 to present
  • 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
Phone: 360-699-1201
Fax: 360-693-2911
Email: cwelch@dsw-law.com
Practice Areas Education
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1986 (Articles Editor, Oregon Law Review)
B.S. in Economics, University of Oregon, 1981
Oregon Institute of Technology (Dean's List)

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Clark County Bar Association (Vancouver, WA)
Southwest Washington Contractors Association
Oregon Remodelers Association