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Attorney Jacob P. Welch, now "of counsel", is the founder of Welch, Donlon & Czarples, PLLC.  He was born in 1953, was raised in Corning, New York, surrounded by a family of lawyers. His father, Vincent J. Welch, and his namesake uncle, Jacob G. Welch, began a law practice in Corning shortly following World War II. The Welch attorneys have enjoyed a reputation of providing trusted legal services to the local community for over a half century.

Since starting in practice in 1980, Mr. Welch has focused his entire legal career in trial work. He has exhibited consistent and excellent legal skills. He has been rated “high to very high” by his counterparts in Martindale-Hubble, the most widely known book published about lawyers and their ratings.

In Mr. Welch’s thirty plus years as a personal injury attorney he has also developed the respect of many insurance adjusters, as well as defense attorneys. This is oftentimes critical in maximizing settlement of your case. Settlement is often preferred as opposed to taking your case fully through the risk of trial. If trial is required, however, you will find Mr. Welch to be a well prepared and experienced advocate, willing to stand up for your rights.

As a tribute to his competitive spirit Mr. Welch took up running hurdles (as he had in high school and college) and obtained the Gold Medal in the NYS Empire Games for his age class in 2004, 2005 and 2006.  In 2007 he competed in the State Games of America, a national competition, where he again placed first and took the gold.

Mr. Welch has a work hard/play hard approach to life.  He is also a dedicated father/family man who deeply enjoys personal interaction, work on charitable boards, having a good laugh and participating in local hunting and fishing sports.

After decades of unbroken service to his clients, Mr. Welch maintains a role with the firm in an "of counsel" capacity. 

 

Anna Czarples is focused on getting her injured clients the best possible result from the insurance company, even if that means going to court.  Attorney Czarples has obtained six-figure vedicts for her clients at jury trials in the local Southern Tier area.

Attorney Czarples not only has litigated cases in front of our local county courts, but practices in federal court as well.  

Attorney Czarples will go to bat for you over any type of insurance claim case -- whether it's a car or motorcycle accident, products liability, tractor trailer collision, fall on property, medical or dental malpractice, dog bite injury, or other personal injury claim.  She also litigates damage to property claims.  

Attorney Czarples did her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester where she earned a BA with double majors in Political Science and Spanish.  She has a working proficiency in Spanish.  At Rochester, she was a very successful member of the policy debate team, winning several tournaments and awards including the Irene Grace Bunde Award given to the most persuasive female speaker.  Attorney Czarples then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.  She has experience in international and comparative law as she also studied at Uppsala University in Sweden. 

Attorney Czarples is a "Top 40 Under 40" civil litigation attorney in 2016 and again in 2017 by the National Trial Lawyers.  Membership is extented solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile measure by objective and uniformly applied standards.The National Trial Lawyers also recognized Attorney Czarples as a "Top 25" Medical Malpractice Attorney for 2017.

Attorney Czarples was selected in 2017 as a "Top 10 Under 40" Personal Injury Attorney by the by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Attorney Czarples is very close to her family and enjoys spending time with them.  She is also a very competative person by nature and an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, the US Women's Soccer Team, and other sporting events.

  

 

Attorney Donlon left his career as a union electrician to fight for the rights of injured people. Mr. Donlon focuses his practice on serious injuries or death occurring as a result of construction site accidents, asbestos exposure, dangerous products, gas line explosions, motor vehicle accidents, hunting accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall accidents. Mr. Donlon also has experience litigating a wide variety of insurance coverage issues in connection with property losses including collapsed structures, livestock and fire losses.

Attorney Donlon is a certified life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers who have won verdicts, awards or settlements in the amount of one million dollars or more. 

Mr. Donlon has won cases before the Supreme Court of the State of New York at both the trial and appellate levels as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Skilled in both legal writting and oral arguement, Mr. Donlon has reversed multiple unfavorable lower court rulings and upheld many favorable ones.  

Always a hard worker, Attorney Donlon paid his own way through law school working as an electrician, a law clerk, and a graduate assistant to the director of human resources for the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Attorney Donlon obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. While attending law school Mr. Donlon held positions on the executive board of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity for legal scholars, as well as the Environmental Law Journal. 

Mr. Donlon obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His other academic honors include membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Tau Sigma national honor societies.

Mr. Donlon grew up in Steuben County in Hornell, New York. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, exercising, and playing guitar.

If you have questions about a possible injury claim immediately contact Attorney Donlon for a FREE consultation.

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