Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC

Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC

A boutique personal injury and insurance claim law firm located in Corning, and serving the entire Finger Lakes Region of New York, including Elmira, Hornell, and Ithaca.

Firm Overview

Welch, Donlon and Czarples is a small but mighty personal injury and insurance claim law firm.

Our founder, Jacob P. Welch, started practicing law in 1980 with a focus on helping people. Like many firms, Welch, Donlon & Czarples has evolved through a number of names eventually becoming Welch, Donlon & Czarples. Clients have trusted our firm to handle their legal matters for over 30 years. Our injury attorneys have personally helped hundreds, if not thousands, of clients over the years.

Our results are exceptional for the Finger Lakes Region. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Past results do not reflect future outcomes, but our lawyers have handled high-value cases. Put our experience to work for you in your personal injury or insurance claim case.

People, like you, who are injured in an accident have the right to seek monetary compensation for the serious injuries that they suffer as the result of someone else's carelessness. This compensation includes monetary recovery for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages.

If you have had a surgical procedure, broken bone, brain injury, suffered the loss of a loved one, or had some other type of serious injury, our attorneys are here to help you. We have free consultations available, and will come to you if you are too injured to leave your house, care facility, or hospital.

Main Office

Main Office
8 Denison Parkway East
Corning NY 14830


(607) 936-8057


(607) 936-6815


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Contingency Fee - No fee if no recovery

Office Information

Office Hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday excluding holidays

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Auto Accident

Our attorneys help people who suffer serious injuries in car and motorcycle accidents. We represent those injured on ATVs, bicycles, and even pedestrians.

Have you been injured in a car, motorcycle, or ATV accident? The lawyers at Welch, Donlon & Czarples are here to help you.

Choose a local law firm that will care about your rights, and your family. Big law firms in Rochester or Buffalo treat people as just "another case" or a number in a folio of many. By choosing Welch, Donlon & Czarples, you will have a local firm that will go to bat for you.

Remember -- the judges and jurors will be from the county you live in, not in Buffalo or Rochester. Our firm knows our local jurors and judges better than outside lawyers because we interact with them daily. We also put on reputation on the line, and stand behind every case we litigate.

Our lawyers have top educations and experience obtaining high verdicts in our local Western New York counties. It is important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible, because there are some deadlines that can expire as quickly as 30 days after the accident.

The insurance companies have lawyers, and you should too, to make sure you are receiving fair compensation for your injuries. Contact Welch, Donlon & Czarples today for a free consultation.

Trucking Accident

We represent people injured by 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, and other commercial trucks.

There are many causes for truck accidents: driver fatigue, intoxication by reason of substances used for sleep deprivation, rushing to make a deadline. The lawyers at Welch, Donlon and Czarples are ready to fight for your rights against the trucking company.

There are special laws dealing with trucks that do not apply to other types of motor vehicle accidents. Our lawyers are experienced in bringing these types of claims, and have practiced in federal court where your trucking case may eventually end up.

Whether its a jack-knife accident, wheel blow out, unsecured load, or general negligent driving, our attorneys are ready to help you recover for your injuries in this complex area of law.

Wrongful Death

A death caused by someone else's negligence is one of the most awful occurrences that can happen in life. Our lawyers have handled many of these cases and are ready to help you as much as we can through this difficult time.

A wrongful death can occur due to a construction site accident, car/motorcycle accident, medical malpractice, fall injury, products' liability, boating accident, or fire in the home.

The goal of our attorneys is to recovery compensation to the beneficiaries and survivors (often the spouse and children) for their loss. This compensation takes many forms but includes the expected loss of income of the person who died, loss of companionship, loss of services and care, as well as the expenses related to the death itself.

In times of loss, it is understandably difficult for close family members to look into a legal wrongful death claim -- but a timely investigation of the possible negligence surrounding a wrongful death.

Again, we offer free consultations and will be glad to discuss your claim with you even if you are unsure of whether or not you have a claim for the death of a loved one.

Personal Injury

Nursing Home or Elder Abuse

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our firm focuses 100% of our energy on personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice litigation because the stakes are high in these matters and our clients deserve our full commitment and attention. We feel privileged to be in a position to help our clients through the personal struggles that often follow in the wake of a disabling or fatal incident. We pledge our best efforts and it shows in our work.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Our injury and malpractice lawyers are well rounded giving them the edge in court where it is their job to relate to jurors as they tell their client's story. For instance, Attorney Donlon is perhaps the only former I.B.E.W. Journeyman Electrician you will find in all of New York State practicing in the field of Construction Site Accident litigation. Attorney Donlon's background is unique among lawyers giving him an edge in this field of legal work. This was evident early in his legal career when Attorney Donlon obtained an award in excess of one million dollars for his very first construction accident client.

Our lawyers are competitive. While in college, Attorney Czarples was a fierce competitor on her university debate team where, in 2003, she took 1st Place overall at the prestigious Cornell University Debate Tournament. Attorney Czarples remains committed and driven in her work as an accident and malpractice trial lawyer. In 2016, Attorney Czarples was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association for her accomplishments in the courtroom. In 2017, Attorney Czarples again received national recognition when ranked top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Our lawyers are experienced. Attorney Welch has been handling injury and malpractice litigation matters for over 35 years. In that time, Mr. Welch has tirelessly campaigned for the rights of injured people and their families and he has achieved the largest personal injury recoveries in history among Steuben County Lawyers. All the Attorneys at Welch, Donlon & Czarples have benefited greatly due to Mr. Welch's deep knowledge in the field of injury and malpractice law.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have chosen to remain a small selective injury and malpractice law firm which has allowed us to foster purposeful relationships with every client we serve.

Michael Donlon

Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC

Attorney Mike Donlon was a journeyman electrician before he decided to go back to school to become a lawyer. Mike's focus is on helping people who were injured on construction site and have Labor Law 240 claims.

Mike also helps those injured in other types of accidents, including car, motorcycle, and truck accidents.

Mike is originally from Hornell, New York, and he is ready to work hard on your case for the best result possible.


Bar Number: 4998274
New York, 2012


Binghamton University
BA - History, 2008

University at Buffalo Law School
Juris Doctor, 2011

Anna Czarples

Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC

Attorney Czarples is a hardworking and feisty advocate for her clients. She has been described as a "firecracker" in the court room and can't wait to work on your case.

Ms. Czarples enjoys working on all types of cases, especially medical malpractice, auto accidents, and products' liability. She is also experienced in wrongful death cases.

Attorney Czarples is originally from Buffalo, New York, and has lived in the Finger Lakes Region since 2008. She is a very competitive personal and is ready to go to bat on your case.


Bar Number: 325536
Pennsylvania, 2018

Bar Number: 4671764
New York, 2009


University of Rochester
BA - double major Spanish and Political Science, 2005

University of Minnesota
Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude, 2008

Jacob Welch

Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC

Attorney Welch is a long time advocate for injured persons in the Southern Tier of New York and Finger Lakes Region. He has fought for injured people, including a person rendered quadriplegic from a car accident, brain injured children suffering from lead paint poisoning, burn victims, and various other injured people across our region.

Mr. Welch is here to help you in your time of need. He is ready to be your advocate against the insurance company when it refuses to pay you what you deserve for your injury.


Bar Number: 1820216
New York, 1980

Megan Collins

Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC


Megan Collins has been practicing law, including litigation, for more than ten years and is licensed in New York, Connecticut, and various federal courts. Her previous experience included planning and zoning, education law, and litigation including creditors’ rights, land use, and real estate matters. Ms. Collins has represented clients before municipal boards and in litigation challenging land use and SEQRA determinations, public school districts in all aspects of operation, and banking clients in litigation pertaining to collections and foreclosures.


Ms. Collins attended the University of Vermont and earned her Bachelor of Arts, with honor, in History and Political Science in 2003. Ms. Collins was awarded her Juris Doctor, with honor, in 2006 by Pace University School of Law, where she was a member of the Pace Environmental Law Review.


State Courts of New York
State Courts of Connecticut
U.S. District Court – Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Northern and Western Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar Association
Chemung County Bar Association
Steuben County Bar Association
Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association
New York State Association of School Attorneys
Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association

Community Activities

Ms. Collins is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Capabilities, Inc. and Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, Inc. She also volunteers with the Fund for Women of the Southern Tier, Inc. Ms. Collins previously taught as an adjunct professor of law at Pace University School of Law and has lectured on issues related to land use and zoning.

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