After growing up in South Lyon, Michigan, I worked my way through college, graduating summa cum laude with an A.B.A. in Business Administration from Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Michigan. From there, I transferred to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan on a full academic scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology.
After completing my undergraduate education, I attended law school at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan. There, I was a Senior Articles Editor for the Wayne Law Review and published two legal articles while pursuing my studies. I graduated first in my class, summa cum laude, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes law students who attain a high degree of scholarship.
Following law school, I earned a prestigious judicial clerkship to the Honorable Ronald L. Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Memphis, Tennessee. There, I was exposed to a variety of areas of law and gained valuable experience in the inner workings of our nation's appellate courts.
From my clerkship, I returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I worked at a Midwest-based law firm with more than 350 attorneys. After a number of years of working alongside some of the best and brightest lawyers in the state, I formed the Law Office of Joseph M. West, P.C., where I worked for five years on behalf of clients with business and real estate issues. As of January 2015, I merged my firm with Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C., and continue to provide the highest level of services to clients, large and small.
Joe is one of the brightest and most conscientious attorneys I've had the pleasure to work with. His practice combines the sort of experience--including a prestigious federal appellate clerkship and work on sophisticated, high-profile, corporate matters--you'd expect from a partner at a large corporate firm, with the accessibility, personal touch, and common sense of a solo practitioner. I can also say from firsthand experience that Joe's a superb writer and researcher who produces the kind of concise and engaging briefs that win cases. I would refer my own friends or family members to him without a second thought.
Ross Bergethon Appeals Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2006||09/02/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Attorney||Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, PC||2015 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Joseph M. West, PC||2009 - 2015|
|Associate||Dykema Gossett||2006 - 2009|
|Judicial Law Clerk||United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit||2005 - 2006|
|Mich. Int'l Lawyer Vol. XVIII, No. 2||Application of the [Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development] Anti-Bribery Convention||2005|
|Wayne Law Review||Federal Fraud Prosecutions of Schemes to Defraud Foreign Sovereigns of Import Taxes||2004|
|Wayne State University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Wayne State University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|