Elizabeth M. Welch
Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 1, 2021
Preceded byStephen Markman
Personal details
Born (1970-09-20) September 20, 1970 (age 52)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children4 children
ResidenceEast Grand Rapids, Michigan
EducationPennsylvania State University (B.A.)
Ohio State University (J.D.)

Elizabeth Merrill Welch (born September 20, 1970)[1] is an American lawyer from Michigan currently serving as an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.


Welch received her Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.[2]

Legal career

Welch has been practicing law in Michigan and Ohio since 1995, she later opened up her own practice in Michigan in 2004.[3]

Michigan Supreme Court

Welch was nominated as a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court by the Michigan Democratic Party.[4] Welch ran for the seat being vacated by Justice Stephen Markman whose term was expiring.[5] On November 3, 2020, Welch went on to win the general election, giving the Michigan Supreme Court a Democratic majority.[6][7]

Personal life

Welch lives in East Grand Rapids with her husband, Brian; they have 4 children.[5]


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Welch". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Merrill Welch Lawyer Profile on Martindale.com". www.martindale.com. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Welch announces candidacy for Michigan Supreme Court". WEYI. 2019-12-12. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Tribou, Doug (8 October 2020). "Meet Michigan Supreme Court candidate Elizabeth Welch". www.michiganradio.org. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Elizabeth Welch nominated for Michigan Supreme Court". WJMN - UPMatters.com. 2020-09-02. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  6. ^ DeVito, Lee (2020-11-04). "Michigan Supreme Court flips to Democratic Party-nominated majority". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Williams, Candice; Bouffard, Karen. "McCormack, Welch flip control of Michigan Supreme Court". The Detroit News. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
Legal offices Preceded byStephen Markman Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 2021–present Incumbent