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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Gary J. Welch PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2314 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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Gary has been with the firm since 1994. His litigation practice includes the representation of clients in construction, corporate, employment, real estate and other business related disputes. He has represented clients in, among others, the construction, real estate development, banking, healthcare and manufacturing industries. In addition to the mediation, litigation and arbitration of disputed cases, Gary regularly advises and represents clients in the negotiation of contracts in construction, employment, real estate and other business matters. Gary is a frequent speaker at seminars and professional meetings on construction, contract and employment law issues. Gary is also a North Carolina Board Certified Superior Court Mediator.


  • Construction Litigation and Arbitration
  • Complex Business / Corporate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation and Arbitration


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1994)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S., Business Administration with Distinction, 1991)


  • North Carolina, 1994

Representative Transactions

  • Represents local and national contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers and sureties in construction litigation, arbitrations and mediations.
  • Advises and represents contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners and others regarding licensing, bidding, contract negotiations, claims, mechanics liens, bond claims, EEOC matters and other related issues.
  • Represents companies and individuals in commercial/business litigation, including breach of contract claims, non-competition agreements, investment fraud, shareholder disputes and UCC matters.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiffs obtaining judgments in excess of $1 million regarding investment fraud litigation. Assisted Government with prosecution of defendants resulting in guilty pleas and prison sentences.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff owners obtaining summary judgment of treble damages exceeding $1 million related to contractor's fraud.
  • Lead counsel for defendant subcontractor in obtaining summary judgment in multi- million dollar construction defect case.
  • Obtained summary judgment awarding major financial institution in excess of $350,000.00 regarding complex commercial paper dispute.
  • Lead counsel in successful defense of numerous employers against various employment claims including Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation (2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2019)
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2013 - 2019)
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Charlotte Best Lawyers, Construction Law (2013)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" (Construction 2006, 2009, 2010 - 2012 and 2014)
  • ACLEA's Best Program Award for North Carolina Bar Association's CLE called "You Understand Construction Law, But Do You Understand Construction?" (February 2005)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Publications & Presentations

  • Pinnacle Awards Ceremony Host, Carolinas AGC Convention
  • Forum on Major Changes to North Carolina Lien and Bond Law (2012, 2013)
  • Co-author: "Construction Claims", 1997, 2003, 2006 North Carolina Bar Association's Construction Law Deskbook.
  • Co-author: "Can This Job Be Saved - Creative Strategies for Project Completion and Litigation Avoidance in North Carolina," Lorman Education Services (1999)
  • CAGC Subcontractor Law Seminars (2002 - 2011)
  • CAGC Lien and Bond Law Seminars (2002 - 2013)
  • Course Planner - North Carolina Bar Association Seminar
    • "What Every Construction Attorney Must Know About Labor and Employment" (March 2004)
  • Course Planner - North Carolina Bar Association Seminar
    • "Emerging Issues for Construction Lawyers" (October 2004)
  • Course Planner - North Carolina Bar Association Seminar
    • "You Understand Construction Law, But Do You Understand Construction?" (February 2005)
  • Course Planner - North Carolina Bar Association Seminar
    • "Construction for Construction Lawyers" (October 2005)

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section Chair (2008-2009)
    • Construction Law Section Council Member (2004-2007)
    • Litigation Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2003-2005)
    • Past President of the Young Lawyers Division
  • Carolinas AGC
    • Pinnacle Awards Presenter
    • Former Member of Human Resources Committee
    • Former Member of Supplier Services Committee

Community Involvement

  • Elevation Church, Expansion Team and Small Group Leader
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Academic Internship Program Advisory Board
  • Charlotte Leadership Forum

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