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Andrew J. Welch, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in McDonough, GA

Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC
2200 Keys Ferry Court
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: 770-957-3937
Fax: 770-957-9165
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2012
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2003
Education: Vermont Law School
Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal, Land Use/Zoning, Business Litigation, Environmental Litigation
Attorney Profile

Andrew J. Welch, III is the managing partner at Smith Welch Webb & White, located in McDonough, Georgia. Providing representation to clients throughout the state, he handles a variety of matters, including zoning disputes, commercial and residential real estate transactions, environmental law, insurance defense and business litigation. Mr. Welch also represents local governmental agencies.

A Georgia native, Mr. Welch attended Presbyterian College as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in biology with honors in 1994. He then spent three years in Ghana as a volunteer with the Peace Corps before enrolling at Vermont Law School. While in law school, he was the editor-in-chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and served a summer internship with the Natural Resources Defense Council before being awarded his Juris Doctor as well as a Master of Environmental Law and Policy in 1997. After graduation, Mr. Welch clerked for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and was then an associate with a Syracuse firm before relocating to Georgia in 2002. Admitted to practice in Georgia and New York, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New York.

Mr. Welch was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010, and he serves on the Judiciary, Regulated Industries, Code Revision, and Juvenile Justice committees. He is a past chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and he has served on the board of directors of United Community Banks, Inc. Mr. Welch is also an active participant in several legal organizations.

Practice Areas
  • 40%State, Local & Municipal
  • 40%Land Use/Zoning
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Environmental Litigation
Focus Areas

State, Local & Municipal Litigation


2 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2012

About Andrew J. Welch, III

First Admitted: 2001

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, Code Revision Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee and the Regulated Industries Committee, Member, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York Supreme Court

Pro bono/Community Service

  • United Community Bank, Advisory Board, Director
  • Volunteer of the Year | 2008, 2008
  • Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 2010, 2010
  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Ghana, West Africa, 1995
  • Public Safety, Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman, 2015

Educational Background

  • Vermont Law School, JD 2001, Masters , 2001
  • Presbyterian College, BS, Honors in Biology, 1994

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Rising Star - Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Rising Star - Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America, 1987
  • Super Lawyer, 2020


  • HENRY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCEOutstanding Leadership Award | 2010, Outstanding Leadership Award, Henry County Chamber of Commerce , 2010
  • , Distinguished Service Award, GA Conference on Families and Children, 2014
  • , Safe Harbor Act Champion, United Way, 2015
  • , Public Servant of the Year, Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • , W.L. “Billy” Carter Public Service Award, Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • Editor-in-Chief, Online Environmental Law Journal, Vermont Law School
  • GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATIONChampion of GA Cities | 2011-2012, 2013-2014, Champion of GA Cities, Georgia Municipal Association, 2014
  • PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS COUNCIL OF GAD.A.’s Association Award | 2016, D.A.'s Association Award, Prosecuting Attorneys Council of GA, 2016
  • ASSOC. OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GALegislative Award | 2013, Legislative Award, Assoc.of County Commissioners of GA, 2013
  • Youth Spark Certificate of Appreciation, Youth Spark Certificate of Appreciation, Youth Spark, 2015


  • Andrew (Andy) J. Welch, III is a Manager at Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC, where he represents clients in areas of general civil litigation, real estate, zoning and land use, environmental and municipal law. SWWW is the largest law firm on the south side of Atlanta with six offices throughout Henry County, Butts County, Lamar County, Fayette County, and Spalding County Georgia., Andy Welch - Smith, Welch, Webb & White LLC, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Seminar Paper, Co-Author, Saving Service Delivery: Thank you, Union Point, Ga., GMA City Attorneys CLE Program Materials , 2018
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Office Location for Andrew J. Welch, III

2200 Keys Ferry Court
McDonough, GA 30253

Phone: 770-957-3937

Fax: 770-957-9165

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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