Brett J. West

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


  • Commonwealth of Virginia, 2015



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