S. Scott West
S. Scott West was born in 1963 and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a proud Christian, Husband, Father of four, and a native Texan. Scott graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation S. Scott West worked as a design engineer in the petrochemical and transportation industries.
In 1987, S. Scott West started law school South Texas College of Law and completed his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1989, making Dean's List every year while still working full time for his company. After being admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990, S. Scott West pursued his passion to work for a prominent personal injury law firm in Houston, Texas. Scott quickly became a named, principal partner because of his success litigating complex matters and securing substantial recoveries for his clients.
After honing his trial skills, S. Scott West opened The West Law Firm in 1997 to continue his calling to represent those who have been seriously injured or harmed by another. S. Scott West is committed to fighting for the rights of his clients and recovering all damages caused by another.
S. Scott West attributes his success as a litigator to his faith in God, support of his wife, and unwavering determination to outwork his opponent every time.
S. SCOTT WEST, born Houston, Texas, April 2, 1963; admitted to Texas bar, 1990; also admitted to practice before United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995. Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated (Exemplary).
Preparatory Education: University of Texas, Austin (B.S.M.E., 1985).
Legal Education: South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1989).
Fraternities: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors); Phi Delta Phi (Legal).
Honors: Named “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine, November, 2003 edition; Million Dollar Advocates Forum, admitted 1999; STCL Dean's List 1987, 1988, 1989; Finalist, Joe C. Reynolds Negotiation & Arbitration Competition, 1988; First Place, South Texas College of Law Negotiation Competition, 1989; President's Merit Award, 1989; American Jurisprudence Award, Civil Trial Practice, 1989.
Speaker: “Client Interviews,” Law Seminars International, Inc., November 1991; “First Contact with New Clients,” Law Seminars International, Inc., November 1992; “First Contact with New Clients and Client Interviews,” Law Seminars International, Inc., November 1994; “Engineering for Lawyers–Fundamentals of Presentation and Destruction of Opinion Testimony,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Boca Raton, Florida, January 1997; “The New Discovery Rules: A Plaintiff's Perspective,” Houston Legal Assistants Association, March 1999; “How to Avoid a Grievance,” Fort Bend County Bar Association, July 2001; “Texas Product Liability in the Wake of House Bill 4,” Houston Trial Lawyers Association, September, 2003.
Reported Cases: Clark Equipment Co. v. Rebecca Ann Pitner, 923 S.W.2d 117 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 1996, writ denied). Member: Houston, Fort Bend and American Bar Associations; Houston Trial Lawyers Association (Director 1994 - present); Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member, 1995 - present; Associate Director 1995 - 1999; Director 2000 - present); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member, 1997 - present; Product Liability Section, Executive Committee 1997 - 2000; New Lawyers Division, Texas Governor 1995 - 1998; New Lawyers Division, Product Liability Section Liaison 1995 - 1996); State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, admitted 1995; Texas Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, served 1997 - 1999; State Bar College, admitted 1998; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers.
Areas of Practice: Cases of Significant Personal Injury and Wrongful Death involving Defective and Unsafe Products, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Construction Site and Industrial Tragedies, Dangerous Premises, Mass Torts (including Fen-Phen), as well as Commercial Disputes involving theft or misappropriation of Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets, and other Complex Litigation.
An attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law must have handled jury trials dealing with matters such as vehicle accidents, worker's compensation, premises liability, products liability, statutory tort claims, maritime accidents, or social security claims which involve a physical or mental injury to a person. The attorney must also have extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law involved in the trial of personal injury cases.
To become Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, an attorney must have:
• Been licensed to practice law for at least five years;
• Devoted a required percentage of practice to personal injury trial law for at least three years;
• Handled a wide variety of personal injury trial law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;
• Attended personal injury trial law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date;
• Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;
• Passed a day-long written examination.
Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years and meet practice, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty field.
The consumer can identify a Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorney in one of many ways. A Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on business cards and letterhead by stating “Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” The attorney may also display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys - Board Certified.”
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by, and operates under the authority of, the Supreme Court of Texas. Its members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. The Board administers the program by which an attorney may earn a certificate of special competence in a particular field of law. The program is voluntary and is funded entirely by fees imposed on participating attorneys.