O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss is excited to introduce our newest attorney, Stephen Welle. Stephen specializes in criminal law and civil litigation and joins the criminal law team at the firm. In order to let you know him a little better, we’ve asked Welle some questions about his journey to O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss.
Q: When did you choose to become an attorney?
A: I decided I wanted to be an attorney pretty young. I knew I wanted to be part of a profession that served people by helping them deal with their problems. I actually job shadowed an attorney while I was in middle school. I interned at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in college, and after that I knew I still wanted to pursue a career as an attorney.
Q: What is your educational background?
A: I went to undergrad at the U of Minnesota, where I majored in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management in 2009. After graduation, I attended the University of Colorado for law school and graduated in 2012.
Q: Why did you choose to join the O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Team?
A: I chose O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss because the people here are great. The interview was much more relaxed than others I have had and the partners seemed to be really nice and did not take themselves too seriously.
I also chose O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss because it has a great presence in the area and a great reputation in many areas of law. I signed on to work under Tatum, and I know she is a great lawyer- so I was excited to learn from her as well as the other partners and associates.
Q: What is your favorite area of law and why?
A: Criminal defense and civil litigation are my favorite areas of law. I like these areas of law because I am helping people through the legal process in a time that is usually very stressful for them. It is gratifying to ease some of that stress for them and hopefully achieve a desirable outcome for them.
Q: What is the best part about your job?
A: The best part of my job is trying to find the best argument for my client’s position and then trying to persuade the other party or the judge that your argument really is the best position. Whether it be in the courtroom or writing briefs, trying to argue your client’s position in the best possible way is the challenging and fun part of my job.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I like to fly fish, bike and be outdoors (especially at the lake). I also enjoy reading, although I haven’t done much lately.