Beaver Lake attorney Larry E. Welch Jr. will officially be sworn in as an honorable judge in the Fifth Judicial District Court of Appeals March 28 during his investiture ceremony in Lincoln.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Welch to the position Jan. 22. The district includes 24 counties in Southeast Nebraska, with the exception of Lancaster and Seward Counties. Welch is replacing Judge Everett O. Inbody, who retired Jan. 1 after more than 30 years on the bench.
Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert and city council members honored Welch with special resolution No. 18-003 for his service to the city starting July 2015 when Welch Law Firm was selected as the city’s attorney with Stephen Q. Preston as the firm’s attorney designated to Plattsmouth.
When Preston was deployed overseas in the United States Army National Guard, Welch served as Plattsmouth City Attorney in his absence.
A humble servant of the law, Welch said he isn’t important but that the Court of Appeals is. “I feel so incredibly fortunate, privileged and honored to get that appointment. I look forward to this incredible opportunity,” he told the mayor and council members. “I’m experiencing a wide array of emotions, one of which is gratitude to so many people. It’s absolutely extraordinary that you would do this on my behalf.”
The 51-year-old Welch will take an impressive background in law to the judgeship, starting with his graduation from Creighton University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude in 1994. He had already earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1988.
His area of practice includes general litigation, transactions, estate, insurance defense and tax with special emphasis in general liability defense, tax and business litigation and estate and business planning.
He was admitted to practice law in 1994 by the Nebraska State Supreme Court, in 2005 by the Iowa State Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for District of Nebraska in 1994 and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016.
His professional experience includes being a partner in Welch Law Firm in Omaha from 1997 to the present.
Welch has several professional affiliations associated with practicing law including Nebraska State Bar Association, Omaha Bar Association, Judicial Nominating Commission and Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating.
He is also very involved in community endeavors including serving as Conestoga High School’s varsity boys soccer coach and coaching multiple youth sports teams. He is also Church of the Holy Spirit’s Finance Committee president and religious education teacher. He serves as president of the Southeast Soccer Club.