Brown Hofmeister


Terrence S. Welch


Phone: 214-747-6100
Fax: 214-747-6111

Terry Welch is a founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister. His practice emphasizes local government issues, focusing on civil rights, constitutional law, employment discrimination, personnel matters, and zoning and land use litigation. He offers more than three decades of municipal law experience and is a frequent speaker on issues facing public and business entities in Texas.


Terry represents numerous local government entities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and provides training to various groups throughout the area. He served as the 2004-05 Chair of the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association. Terry is fluent in German.


Areas of Practice:
State and Local Government Law
Land Use and Zoning
Employment Law
Civil Rights

Municipal Regulation/Natural Gas Drilling

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


University of Houston Law Center
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1979

The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Master of Public Affairs, 1981

University of Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, 1976

Published Works

"Backyard Drilling" in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens (American Bar Association, 2013)

Containing Urban Sprawl: Is Reinvigoration of Home Rule the Answer?, 9 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 131, Winter, 2008

Is it Time to Accept Urban Sprawl as a Fact of Life?, Zoning and Planning Law Report, June, 2008

A Primer on Texas on Texas Employment Law, 56 Baylor Law Review 981, 2004

The First Amendment and Independent Contractors: The Supreme Court Expands Government Liability, 29 Urban Lawyer 341, Spring, 1997

Qualified Immunity and Texas Courts, 52 Texas Bar Journal 1002, October, 1989

Praprotnik : Municipal Policy and Policymakers: The Supreme Court's Constriction of Municipal Liability, 13 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 857, Summer, 1989

Qualified Immunity and State Courts, 8 Review of Litigation 53, Winter, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section
Section Chair, 2004-05

State Bar of Texas,

International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)

Board of Trustees, Dallas Academy

Dallas Civil Service Board (2014-present)



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