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John Steven West

John Steven West

Practice areas:

Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Employment & Labor

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About Me

John S. West is a partner at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. 


 


He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1981. He specializes in employment litigation and employee claims negotiations. His clients include highly compensated senior executives.


 


Mr. West has also represented individuals in many noteworthy business, tort, civil rights, and appellate cases. For example, he represented a child injured when baseball star Vince Coleman detonated an explosive device in a stadium parking lot. He also represented a video photographer attacked by rock musician Tommy Lee.


 


In another highly publicized case, Mr. West represented a female client who, during infertility treatments, had her eggs stolen, fertilized, and implanted into another woman. He also represented a young woman who was the victim of a conspiracy by a number of priests, enticing her to engage in sexual intercourse (see Rita M. v. Roman Catholic Archbishop, 187 Cal.App.3d 1453, 232 Cal.Rptr. 685 (1987).


 


Mr. West won a leading case decided under the Unruh Civil Rights act, Engel v. Worthington, 60 Cal.App.4th 628, 70 Cal.Rptr.2d 526 (1997). In that case, a publisher refused to print a photograph of a man and his male partner in a high school reunion yearbook. Mr. West successfully appealed the case from three separate decisions over a ten-year period. (See also, Engel v. Worthington, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 329 1994.)


 


Over the years, Mr. West has also litigated many business disputes and matters involving injunctive relief. Acting on behalf of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mr. West co-wrote an amicus curiae ('friend of the court') brief that was accepted by the United States Court of Appeal in the case brought by Paula Jones against President Clinton.


 


He recently obtained a federal appellate reversal from the Second Circuit (New York) for a client in a case involving a conflict of laws between the states of New York and California (see Cap Genimi v. Nackel, 346 F 3d 360 (2nd Cir. 2003).


In 2000 Mr. West and his partner, Nathan Goldberg, won a $1 million dollar jury verdict in an age discrimination case. The Court also awarded $550,000 in attorneys fees in that matter.


 


Mr. West is the author of a number of published articles on employment law, including articles on the circumstances under which partners are covered by employee anti-discrimination statutes, conditions for triggering "hostile environment" prohibitions of Federal law, and trends in holding employers responsible for sexual misconduct of employees under tort law principles.


Mr. West's professional activities include serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He frequently speaks on employment law for attorney and business groups. Mr. West also serves as a court-appointed arbitrator in civil disputes.


Mr. West frequently speaks on employment law for attorney and business groups. He also serves as a court-appointed arbitrator in civil disputes.


 


Mr. West has been named a Southern California "SuperLawyer" by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.


 




Areas of Practice:


Employment Litigation

Employee Claims Negotiations



Education:

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1981





Representative Cases:


Rita M. v. Roman Catholic Archbishop, 187 Cal.App.3d 1453 (  1987)


Rita M. v. Roman Catholic Archbishop, 232 Cal.Rptr. 685 (  1987)


Engel v. Worthington, 60 Cal.App.4th 628 (  1997)


Engel v. Worthington, 70 Cal.Rptr.2d 526 (  1997)


Engel v. Worthington, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 329 (  1994)


Cap Genimi v. Nackel, 346 F 3d 360 (2nd Cir. 2003)



Classes/Seminars Taught:

Frequent Speaker, Employment Law for Attorney and Business Groups





Professional Associations and Memberships:

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Member, Executive Committee





Pro Bono Activities:

Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund


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Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Sexual Harassment: 34%
    34 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 33%
    34 years
  3. Discrimination: 33%
    34 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • David Gary Jones

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    David Jones Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Jeffrey Thomas Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg

6300 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198105/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics MagazineN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAllred, Maroko & Goldberg1981 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme CourtMember2014 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee, Labor & Employment Section1990 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage CasesMade Same Sex Marriages Legal in California

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1981
Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AundergraduateN/A