Meet Associate Brett J. West
Brett West brings a wide breadth of experience both professionally and
legally to the Halperin Law Center. Since his first summer job at fifteen,
Mr. West has worked with people to build lasting relationships. He has
served and advised clients in a variety of industries, from food and construction
to commercial real estate and luxury car sales.
Prior to acceptance into the Juris Doctor program of the University of
Richmond, Mr. West interned at personal injury litigation firm Alpert
Schreyer in Waldorf, Maryland. While studying at Richmond Law, Brett honed
his litigation skills with externships at the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s
Office, Petersburg Public Defender’s Office, Henrico Commonwealth
Attorney’s Office, and in private practice at Erin L.T. Ranney,
PLLC. Mr. West took an early interest in zealous representation in the
courtroom and, after competing successfully onto the Trial Advocacy team,
was voted by his peers to join the Executive Council. A natural competitor,
Mr. West represented Richmond Law in regional and national competitions,
including the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition,
where he advanced to the national semi-final round. Mr. West continues
to provide mentorship to both undergraduate students and law students
by judging trial advocacy competition teams.
At the University of Richmond, Mr. West took part in the inaugural Children’s
Defense Clinic under Director Julie McConnell. At the Clinic he advocated
for under-privileged and under-represented youth and adolescents in various
local juvenile and domestic relations courts.
As the proud son of two military parents, Mr. West was called to serve
and elected Vice President of the Veterans and Military Law Association,
where he advocated for veterans’ rights and headed up annual Veterans
Day Commemorations at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the
Halperin Law Center, Mr. West focused his practice on defending complex
federal civil rights cases. Mr. West has appeared in General District
and Circuit Courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is based
in Richmond, Virginia.
As an Associate Attorney with the Halperin Law Center, Mr. West focuses
his practice on representing those deprived of their constitutional rights.
He also represents individuals who have been seriously injured by the
negligence of others.
- University of Richmond School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2013
- James Madison University, Bachelor of Arts, Marketing, Minor in Spanish, 2008
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- Commonwealth of Virginia, 2015