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.
Jan Michele West has been a member of Goldberg Simpson since 2000. She practices 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 disputes. She also represents employers and employees in litigation of race discrimination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and age discrimination claims. In addition, she represents employers in drafting, interpreting and litigating employment agreements and non-compete covenants.
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.
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. In 2019, Ms. West was elected to the Clearpath Mutual Board of Directors, and was selected to be included in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Litigation – Labor and Employment. This selection is based on a peer review survey and Ms. West now ranks among the top 5% of private practice attorneys nationwide. Ms. West has been selected as a Kentucky Super Lawyer in business litigation for 2008-2016 and 2019-2021. Ms. West is also a member of the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors, and the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents, where she serves as Board Secretary, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and a member of the Nominating Committee.
University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. (1990)
Western Kentucky University, B.A., Cum Laude (1987)
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
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