Jan Michele West is a partner with the Louisville law firm of Goldberg Simpson. Prior to joining the firm in 1990, Ms. West was a summer associate with them. Her practices are in the areas of business/commercial litigation and employment litigation.
Ms. West represents clients in all aspects of commercial and business litigation, including real estate disputes, disputes between partners and members of limited liability companies, franchiser/franchisee disputes, and complex breach of contract employment disputes. She also represents employers and employees in including race discrimination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and age discrimination claims as well as clients in disputes involving non-compete covenants, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Consumer Protection Act.
Ms. West is an arbitrator and a member of the commercial arbitration panel and the consumer panel of the American Arbitration Association through which she has heard and decided numerous contract disputes. She is also a member of the National Board of Arbitrators of the NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) and has represented clients in disputes between securities brokers/dealers and their customers. In addition, Ms. West is a hearing officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Board of Claims, for which she conducts hearings involving negligence claims against the Commonwealth and its agencies and employees.
Ms. West was honored by Business First in 2001 as one of “40 under 40” leaders under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to the Greater Louisville area. She was a founding member and president of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Ms. West served as secretary of the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO”) in 2001 and was elected vice-president in charge of membership in 2002. She was on the board of the Business and Professional Women in River City for two years. Ms. West served as co-chair of the Susan Komen Race for the Cure in Louisville in 1999 and was a board member of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival for three years.