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About Me

Chad West has dedicated his life to working for justice and protecting the rights of individuals who are facing difficult legal circumstances.  Throughout his career, he has worked on a vast variety of cases ranging from complex plaintiff’s litigation suits generating over $200 million in verdicts, judgments, and settlements to DWI defense cases that have resulted in favorable outcomes for his clients, among others. His practice focuses primarily on serious injury litigation and criminal defense. In 2012 Chad has been recognized with three honors: Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine; and Best Criminal Defensive Attorney by Dallas Voice.


After growing up on a farm in Southern Illinois, Chad attended and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  He served in Hungary and Bosnia as an operations officer and, after being promoted to Captain, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a training officer and Company Commander.  For his service and leadership, Chad was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, and the Airborne and Expert Field Medical Badges.


After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Chad attended the nationally recognized Texas Tech University School of Law, and graduated with honors. He initially clerked for Judge Terrie Livingston, an appellate judge at the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas in Fort Worth.  Subsequently, Chad worked as a toxic tort and personal injury attorney for Baron & Budd, P.C., where he learned the art of representing victims of negligence. Chad then opened his own firm in Oak Cliff, near his home and community.


On April 1, 2012 Khirallah West, PC opened its doors and Chad merged his practice with his best friend and Texas Tech School of Law alum, Rachel Khirallah. Khirallah West, PC is a boutique law firm located in the Uptown area of Downtown Dallas, working primarily in Construction and Real Estate litigation, Serious Injury litigation and Criminal Defense.


Chad is passionate about his community and his country.  He organized and planned the inaugural Dash for the Beads, a 5K Fun Run that takes place in the Bishop Arts District, and he serves on the Dallas Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal, an organization that fights for equality for all people.  





Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    9 years, 3.56 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    7 years, 77 cases
  3. Motorcycle Accident: 5%
    8 years, 4 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • John B. Elbert

    Chad is an excellent and dedicated attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and has great results. I have no hesitation in endorsing him.


    John Elbert Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Chad. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200609/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Reader's Choice Award - Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2013
Reader's Choice Award - Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2012
2012 Rising StarsSuper Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters and Texas Monthly2012
Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2012Dallas Association of Young Lawyers2012
Reader's Choice Award - Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2011
People's Choice WinnerOak Cliff People Newspaper2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Chad West2010 - Present
AttorneyBaron & Budd, P.C.2007 - 2010
Law ClerkSecond Court of Appeals for the 2nd District of Texas2006 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oak Cliff Chamber of CommerceMember2010 - Present
Dash for the Beads 5K Run/WalkFounding Member2008 - Present
North Texas GLBT ChamberMember2008 - Present
Human Rights CampaignMember2008 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lambda LegalDallas Leadership Committee Co-Chair2008 - Present
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMember2007 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2006 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Moss, et al. v. Venoco, et al.Ongoing
Zachary Lizana, et al. v. DuPont, et al.Ongoing
State of Texas v. Tyler ThomasDismissed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Deer and Deer HuntingDeer Sausage – The Perfect Icebreaker2008
26 Stanford. Envtl. L.J. 201For Body, Soul, or Wealth: The Evolution and Policy Implications of a Water Ethic2007
The Appellate Advocate, Vol. 19, No. 3, at 13Tips for Appellate Attorneys From the Cheap Seats2007
19 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 414Economics and Ethics in the Genetic Engineering of Animals2006
36 Envtl. L. Rep. 10047Show Me the Water! It is Time for Congress to Acknowledge the Human Right to Water Access2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2006
Webster UniversityMBAMBA2001
Washington University in St. LouisAccounting & MarketingBBA1999
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
DAYL’s Teen Leadership AcademyLeadership, Succeeding in life, and Being an active member of the community2012
Seminar Series on Wildlife ConservationEconomics and Ethics in the Genetic Engineering of Animals2006
Law & Science SymposiumGenetic Engineering, Ethics and the Law2006
2006 Water ConferenceThe Human Right to Water2006