Kelly R. Welsh is General Counsel of the Department of Commerce. Mr. Welsh joined the Department of Commerce from Northern Trust Corporation where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, Mr. Welsh served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Ameritech Corporation and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. Prior to serving as Corporation Counsel, Mr. Welsh was a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown. After graduating from law school, Mr. Welsh was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Luther M. Swygert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Welsh also served as board chair of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority in Chicago and the New York University Institute of Judicial Administration, and as a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Field Museum of Natural History. Mr. Welsh received an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from Sussex University, U.K. and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.