JOSEPH J. WELCH, Esquire, Translator & Licensed Attorney

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French to English Translator and Licensed Attorney with Master’s degree in Translation. Native speaker of US English, fluent in written and spoken French. Degrees in Civil Law and Common Law. MBA. Certified Financial Planner®. Thirty plus years in law and financial planning.

International Experience

  • Received Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University, Montréal, Québec
  • Studied law at the University of Strasbourg, France
  • Received MBA in International Business from Suffolk University, Boston, MA
  • Studied French language, history, and politics at the Universities of Geneva and Caen
  • Lived, studied, and worked in bilingual/bicultural environments
  • Taught French at high school level prior to law school
  • Studied Spanish language and culture in Cuernavaca, Mexico      

Language Skills

  • Native speaker of US English, fluent in written and spoken French
  • Lived, studied, and worked in France and Québec
  • Target Language: English (native proficiency)
  • Source Language: French (full professional proficiency)

Technology Skills

  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Proficient in SDL Trados Studio 2021


  • Université de Caen, France, Attestation, École d’été du Carré international, C1 level, June-July 2022
  • Kent State University, Master’s in Translation, French Track (A Average), 2020-2022
  • Western New England University, Master’s in Law Courses, Elder Law & Estate Planning, 2012
  • New York University, Non-Credit Translation Courses, French to English, Intro & Legal, 2005-2007
  • Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Management, MBA, beta gamma sigma (A average), 2000-2003
  • McGill University, Faculty of Law, LL.B. & B.C.L. (Common law & Civil law degrees), 1981-1985
  • Université de Strasbourg, Non-Credit Law Studies, 1979-1980
  • Salem State University, B.A. in French, summa cum laude, 1975-1979
  • Université de Caen, France, Certificat in French language, history & politics, 1978
  • Université de Genève, Switzerland, Certificat in French language, history & politics, 1977

Professional Experience

  • Translator, 2020 – Present
  • Financial Planner, 2008-2020
  • Legal Technology Salesman, 1999-2008
  • Attorney, 1986-1998

Professional Designations

  • Attorney, Currently Licensed in Massachusetts
  • Certified Financial Planner®
  • Former Registered Investment Advisor
  • Former Stockbroker
  • Insurance Producer, Licensed in Massachusetts
  • American Translators Association
  • New England Translators Association
  • French American Chamber of Commerce of New England
  • Boston Strasbourg Sister City Organization

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