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.
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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.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2006||01/08/2016|
|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|