Jan M. West
Member

(502) 589-4440

jwest@goldbergsimpson.com


 

Complexities of Employment Law

Watch as Labor and Employment attorney, Jan West discusses the complexities of employment law. Goldberg Simpson’s popular Q&A Series continues as West addresses why employment law can be complex, details common discriminatory practices and what advice she has for both employers and employees.

Overview

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 FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) 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.

Education

University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. (1990)
Western Kentucky University, B.A., Cum Laude (1987)

Admissions

Kentucky (1990)
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky (1991)
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Practice

Ms. West works in multiple practice areas at Goldberg Simpson.

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, complex breach of contract disputes, Uniform Trade Secrets Act claims, Consumer Protection Act claims, fraudulent misrepresentation claims and negligence claims.

Ms. West also represents employers and employees in litigation regarding race, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment and disputes involving non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements and employment agreements. She also represents employers and employees in EEOC claims. Learn more

A large part of her practice involves preventing clients from becoming involved in litigation. For example, she frequently advises employers prior to terminating employees as to their potential liability. She routinely reviews non-compete agreements for employees and also drafts and reviews employment contracts and employee handbooks. Jan advises employers regarding compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers are required to properly classify employees as “exempt” or “non-exempt” from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the statute and she advises employers as to whether they have properly classified employees and assists them in the event of an audit by the Department of Labor.  Jan also advises employers on compliance with other state and federal statutes including the Family Medical Leave Act and the Federal and Kentucky Civil Rights Acts. Learn more

Ms. West is an arbitrator and a member of the commercial and consumer arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and in this capacity has heard and decided numerous contract disputes and has served on national arbitration panels since 1992. She is also a member of the arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and in this capacity she hears disputes between securities brokers/dealers and their customers.   Ms. West’s familiarity with the arbitration process has led her to successfully represent clients in arbitration proceedings in a variety of forums. Learn more

Accolades

  • Honors: Delta Theta Phi
  • Business First’s “40 under 40” leader in 2001
  • Super Lawyer
  • Peer elected top lawyer in Louisville
  • Featured in Louisville Magazine in 2016

 

Published

  • — F.3d —-, 2013 WL 1363868, C.A.6 (Ky.), April 05, 2013 (NO. 11-6215, 11-6300).

Engagement

  • Journal of Family Law, Member (1988 – 1989)
  • Journal of Family Law, Manuscript editor (1989 – 1990)
  • Louisville Bar Association, member
  • Louisville Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Dispute Resolution Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Louisville Zoo Foundation Board member
  • Louisville Zoo Conservation and Education committee member
  • Current member and former officer of the National Association of Women Business Owners