Terrence S. Welch


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 Admission

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Affairs
  • University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Arts

Published Work

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

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

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

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

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

Qualified Immunity and Texas Courts, 52 Texas Bar Journal 1002

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

Qualified Immunity and State Courts, 8 Review of Litigation 53

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section
Section Chair

State Bar of Texas,

International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)

Board of Trustees, Dallas Academy

Dallas Civil Service Board (2014-present)



Brown and Hofmeister has a proud tradition helping
North Texas municipalities achieve their goals.