Michael P. WestMichael West Clark Hill
Michael P. West
The primary focus of Michael West’s practice is trial work. An experienced litigator in his twenty-third year of practice, Mr. West has successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations over a wide variety of practice areas in both state and federal courts. Michael is the chairperson of the firm's Civil Litigation Practice Group, and also serves as a partner in the firm’s Long Term Care Practice Group.
In the Civil Litigation field, Michael has successfully represented clients in claims involving product liability (medical device litigation), premises liability (including liability for criminal actions of third parties), transportation, professional liability (real estate agents/brokers and mortgage loan brokers), defamation, fraud, mold exposure (including landlord/tenant disputes regarding breach of habitability), property boundary disputes, homeowners' association disagreements, and a wide variety of intentional torts including battery, hate crimes, sexual assault, and false arrest. Michael has vast experience in handling fraudulent claims, policy-limit demands, and excess policy-limit scenarios, having represented clients in cases alleging damages arising out of death, loss of sight/hearing/limbs, paralysis, brain injury, and permanent burns/scarring.
In the Long Term Care area, Michael represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of litigation regarding claims against residential care facilities for the elderly, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. Michael has successfully represented his clients in claims of elder abuse, intentional torts, wrongful death, fraud, emotional distress, unfair business practices, and violation of statutory duties, by assisting the owners, managers, and employees of facilities in defeating requests for punitive damages, treble damages, restitution, injunctive relief and attorneys' fees.
In addition to his litigation practice, Michael donates his time to clients by conducting seminars on various issues of the law in an attempt to help clients implement proper risk management practices designed to avoid future claims. Michael also has extensive experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution, serving as an approved mediator/arbitrator on the Los Angeles Superior Court's panel of ADR neutrals and assisting clients in resolving disputes through the mediation and arbitration process.
- "CA Supreme Court Limits Damages Plaintiffs Can Recover for Medical Expenses"