CONTACT INFORMATION
(312) 641-1555
ECWelch@SanchezDH.com

PRACTICE FOCUS

Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Law
School and Municipal Law

EDUCATION

J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1997
B.A., Northwestern University, 1993

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Sanchez & Daniels, LLP (Associate, 1997-2003
James J. Roche & Associates, 2003-2007
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP (Partner 2007-Present)

AWARDS

– Operation Uplift Hometown Dreamweaver Award, 2005
– PLCCA Image Award, 2006
– Village of Hillside Chairman’s Award for contributions to Human Rights issues, 2007
– Man of the Year Award – Proviso Township Dream Team, 2009
– Black enterprise Magazine and WVON AM-1690 – Top 40 Game Changers under the age of 40, 2010
– Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars, 2011
– Super Lawyer, 2013

Contact Information


(312) 641-1555
ECWelch@SanchezDH.com

Practice Focus


Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Law
School and Municipal Law

Education


J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1997
B.A., Northwestern University, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions


Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Legal Experience


Sanchez & Daniels, LLP (Associate, 1997-2003
James J. Roche & Associates, 2003-2007
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP (Partner 2007-Present)

Awards


– Operation Uplift Hometown Dreamweaver Award, 2005
– PLCCA Image Award, 2006
– Village of Hillside Chairman’s Award for contributions to Human Rights issues, 2007
– Man of the Year Award – Proviso Township Dream Team, 2009
– Black enterprise Magazine and WVON AM-1690 – Top 40 Game Changers under the age of 40, 2010
– Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars, 2011
– Super Lawyer, 2013

Chris Welch has been a partner at the law firm of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman since July 2007. He served on the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education from November 7, 2001 to May 2013. He was the President of the Board from April 2003 to May 2013. Mr. Welch is credited with balancing the District’s budget for the first time in over a decade all while leading the effort to create the first ever suburban based magnet high school, the Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Mr. Welch also serves as legal counsel for various school districts and municipalities, and he is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. In November 2005, Mr. Welch was the lead attorney in the case of Roxanne Brown v. Bellwood School District 88 in which the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that local school boards have the right to declare vacancies and fill those vacancies.

He currently serves as the city attorney for the City of Blue Island. In this capacity he handles all collective bargaining matters, contracts, ordinance drafting and interpretation, administrative municipal hearings and personnel-related issues, as well as overseeing all litigation.

In 2008, Mr. Welch led the successful defense of a civil rights case involving 12 Town of Cicero police officers in which six of them were found completely not guilty. In 2010, Mr. Welch argued two appellate court cases on behalf of municipal clients, one before the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the other before the Illinois Appellate Court.

Mr. Welch and the firm also do public finance/bond work for towns and municipalities, and he is a certified administrative hearing officer with experience serving as the hearing officer in code enforcement court.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Illinois State Representative, 7th District, 2013 – Present
  • Chairman, Westlake Hospital Board, 2010-Present
  • Proviso SD209 Board Member, 2001-2013
  • Chair, Hillside Human Relations Board, 2000-2005
  • Assistant Secretary, Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement Board, 2004-2013
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 2005-Present