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Timothy R. West

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Professional Profile

Tim has a commercial litigation practice that has provided him the opportunity to represent businesses and individuals in various state and federal courts as well as state administrative proceedings and arbitrations. From a defense perspective, his work has resulted in complete defense verdicts in both jury and bench trials.  Tim has tried cases involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of warranty, premises liability, breach of fiduciary duty and various other tort claims.  Tim has also been successful in obtaining summary judgments and dismissals for his clients at early stages of litigation without the need for trials and in upholding those victories on appeal.

Tim has obtained plaintiff verdicts and favorable settlements for clients in commercial disputes, including a multi-million verdict in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud case concerning a general partnership.  Tim has been fortunate to assist many business owners in partnership/LLC disputes and dissolutions.  Key to that representation is working with business owners in an effort to resolve disputes before the need for litigation.  In the event such cannot be accomplished, injunctive proceedings are often initiated.  Tim has been successful in achieving temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and receivers for clients while also being able to defeat similar motions when brought by opposing parties.

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (J.D., 2002) with distinction
    • Managing Editor, UMKC Law Review
    • Editorial Associate, Urban Lawyer
    • Chief Justice of the UMKC Honor Court
    • Teaching Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (B.A., 1999)

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Missouri, 2002
  • Kansas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Publications

  • Authored “Drye v. United States: Limiting the Traditional State Right to Define Property” 69 UMKC Law Review 909 (2001)
  • John McFarland and Timothy R. West, Missouri and Kansas Standards for Malicious Prosecution Suits, Business Tort Handbook (2010)