Practice Areas

Business and Banking Attorney

Craig Welch is Chair of our Corporate, Business and Banking Law Practice Group.  He has been practicing law for more than 38 years, and represents clients who have diverse legal needs that typically involve issues from a variety of practice areas. In representing his clients, Craig is able to provide his business and individual clients with a high level of counseling due to his extensive experience in so many areas of the law.  He is also the resident attorney at our Canandaigua office.

Corporate, Business and Banking Services

Craig is the current Chair of the department and counsels business owners in addressing the many legal issues facing business owners.

  • Formation and organization of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, professional service corporations and not-for-profit organizations
  • Business counseling
  • Commercial lending transactions and loan restructuring
  • Equipment lease financing
  • Shareholders agreements, buy-sell agreements and stock redemptions
  • Capital acquisition and financing
  • Contracts, leases and other related issues
  • Business acquisitions, mergers and liquidations
  • Employment issues

Real Estate and Related Services

Craig is experienced in handling and advising clients in all aspects of real estate, real estate development and related transactions, whether it is residential or commercial, on behalf of individuals and businesses.

  • Commercial and Residential purchase, sale and refinancing transactions
  • Mortgages
  • Financing
  • Foreclosures
  • Contract Preparation
  • Homeowners Associations, CPS-7, and other filings with the NY Attorney General
  • Lease Agreements
  • Evictions
  • Zoning and Planning
  • Subdivision and Land Development

Wills, Estates and Personal Planning

In representing individuals and business owners, Craig represents clients in developing a comprehensive estate plan, meeting the needs and objectives of the clients.

  • Wills, trusts, succession planning
  • Powers of Attorneys
  • Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Standby Guardianships
  • Estate Probate and Administration
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Issues

Other Legal Services

Craig’s familiarity with the legal issues in other areas of law helps him counsel clients when they are affected by other areas of law:

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Civil Litigation (including personal injury matters)
  • Debt Collection
  • Municipal Law
  • General Legal Counsel
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law


  • University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) (J.D., 1979)
  • St. Lawrence University (B.A., 1976)


  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member of the Ontario County Bar

  • Member of the New York State Bar Association

  • Finger Lakes Community College Foundation – former chair of the Board of Directors

  • Dennis Morga Memorial Fund - Board of Directors


Craig has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2017.  See the Super Lawyers website and the Best Lawyers website for a description of the selection methodology.  Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


Craig resides in the Town of Mendon with his wife and his three children (when they are home). He enjoys his family, all sports, the family cottage in Canada and the practice of law!

Blog Posts & Resources by Craig

  • Lacy Katzen LLP Supports the Main Street Streetscape & Pedestrian Wayfinding Enhancement Project

    August 25, 2015

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