Joseph E. Welsh

Civil rights lawyer for federal cases in pennsylvania if discriminated against employer.

Tel: 610-258-5329 Ext. 6

Areas of Practice

Consulting Counsel for Civil Rights and Employment Litigation



Our cherished American freedoms of liberty and justice are at the heart of 

Joe Welsh’s life.  He developed an interest in government and law while a student in the Easton Area School system.  He later pursued his interests at Lehigh University earning a Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum Laude, in Government, with minors in Information Science and Philosophy.  He later obtained his Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law. 


Joe has utilized his education to promote public interest and social justice 

issues, including civil rights, elimination of discrimination, the rights of workers, and the protection of our environment.  Here at Lauer & Fulmer, Joe is the “go to” guy for issues involving civil rights and employment law. 


Injustice in any form has always concerned Joe.  While still in college, he organized Local 8638 of the United Steelworkers of America to address racial and gender discrimination at his workplace.  Right after law school he did community outreach and organizing on worker and social justice issues in South Chicago.  In 1991, he was presented with a first-ever Certificate of

Appreciation by the United States Department of Justice for “outstanding skill and dedication” in a successful environmental lawsuit against the Pfizer Corporation.  Several years ago, he earned the prestigious Torchbearer Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania for his public outreach efforts to defeat voter suppression efforts.  Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the PA-ACLU noted that “Joe is always willing to go above and beyond in the fight to protect civil liberties.” 


Joe recently taught a Continuing Legal Education class on civil rights litigation for the Northampton County Bar Association. He has also been a guest lecturer on legal issues at Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, and in the Easton Public Schools. Some of the types of cases Joe handles through Lauer & Fulmer include law enforcement misconduct such as the use of excessive force, prison conditions and medical care, public employee and “whistleblower” cases, and employment discrimination.  To learn more about Joe, click the LinkedIn icon on the left. 


Joe is admitted to the Supreme Court of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He is not admitted in the Pennsylvania State Courts.