Hon. Daniel G. Welter

Judge Welter graduated from Quigley Seminary before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in 1971 and Juris Doctorate from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law in 1976. In 2010, he received a Graduate Diploma in Canon Law from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.

He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1976 and was later admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Trial bar.

From 1972 through 1977 he was employed by the Talman Federal Savings and Loan Association. From 1977 through 1986 he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, serving as Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for Municipal Prosecutions from 1981 to 1986.

Judge Welter was appointed to the bench on October 24, 1986 and was reappointed in 1988, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. For 19 years he was assigned to the Fifth Municipal District, hearing both criminal and civil matters. He retired in January, 2008 and currently is working in the Office for Canonical Services for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

He is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, the Chicago Bar Association and a former member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Lawyers’ Assistance Program of Illinois (LAP), and is currently on the Board for the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of Chicago, Catholic Charities of Chicago and St. Joseph College Seminary.

Judge Welter was ordained by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago as a Permanent Deacon in 1991. He is currently assigned by the Archdiocese to St. Hilary Parish and the Office for Canonical Services. Deacon Welter is a Past Chairman of the Diaconate Council for the Archdiocese and serves on the Diaconate Personnel Board.

Judge Welter has lectured at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, on the topics of non-traditional sentencing alternatives in DUI cases, the Intervention Process, Protective Orders in Domestic Violence cases and handling violations of court order regarding domestic violence. In 1999, Judge Welter was appointed Vice Chairman of the Family Violence Coordinating Council of the Fifth Municipal District and chairs the Clergy Committee.

He is married to Martha Welter since 1973. They have two adult daughters, Kathryn and Margaret.