Melvin R. Welch was born and raised in a small farm town in Minnesota. Following graduation, Melvin attended college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, before joining the United States Navy in 1996. As a sailor, Melvin learned Russian and served aboard submarines. During his time in service, Melvin finished college and then worked as a translator in the NATO peacekeeping mission to Kosovo, translating for the United States Army and the Russian 13th Tactical Group in Kamenica, Kosovo.
Melvin R. Welch attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated in 2007. Melvin's first employ was with the Office of the State Public Defender as an appeals attorney, challenging wrongful convictions and illegal sentences. After several years with the State Public Defender, Melvin switched sides and prosecuted serious felony crimes for Hennepin County for nearly five years. Among the crimes he prosecuted were: murder, assault, robbery, burglary, drug crimes, property crimes, gun crimes, child abuse, DWIs, and various other crimes. Melvin tried hundreds of constitutional challenges and dozens of cases. He left the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to return to the criminal defense, working as an associate for a criminal defense law firm for a year before starting his own practice of law at Welch Law Firm. Melvin is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Melvin has handled serious felony and DWI matters in the five corners of Minnesota, and all over within.