Joseph K. West

by LP Green, II
Joseph K. West
Partner, Trial Practice
Duane Morris LLP

Joseph K. West is a partner in Duane Morris’ Washington D.C. office, a member of the fi rm’s Partners Board and the fi rm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. As a trial lawyer, West represents clients from start-ups to the Fortune 500 in complex commercial litigation, ranging from class actions and insurance litigation to products liability, and labor and employment. He has tried over 150 matters to verdict, and he managed the largest class action in U.S. history.


A nationally recognized authority on diversity and inclusion, West advises companies, their boards and CEOs on their corporate strategies in this area. Prior to Duane Morris, he served as President/ CEO of Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Previously, he was Associate General Counsel at Walmart Stores Inc.


West serves as a member of ABA Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which oversees the accreditation process for law schools and Bar admissions nationwide. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


West holds a J.D. from Tulane Law School, where he served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, and his B.A. from Southern University.

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