Dudley West is a native of Franklin, Tennessee. He joined the firm in 1993 where he has a broad-based practice with an emphasis on business litigation and real estate, and provides counsel to individuals and businesses on commercial law issues.
Mr. West has significant experience in both civil litigation and transactional matters. He has handled numerous commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions and represented clients in a wide variety of business, real estate and other civil litigation matters, including cases involving business torts, breach of contract, employment restrictive covenants, disputes between members of partnerships and limited liability companies, real estate commission disputes, and title insurance claims, as well as cases involving banking law, landlord-tenant and homeowner association disputes, and planning and zoning issues.
Mr. West is listed in Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the fields of Real Estate Law and Commercial Litigation. He is rated AV Preeminent® in Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.
Mr. West earned his undergraduate degree in 1977 from the University of the South (B. A., magna cum laude, with honors in Economics), where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1980. From 1980 to 1981, he served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice William J. Harbison of the Tennessee Supreme Court prior to entering private practice. Mr. West is a former chairman of the Litigation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association and a former member of the Hearing Committee of the Board of Professional Responsibility for the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Foundations and a member of The Florida Bar.
The father of two daughters, Mr. West has been active in a number of civic and nonprofit endeavors. He currently serves as a member of the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the Board of Directors of the Nashville Dolphins, a nonprofit swimming program for disabled individuals. Prior nonprofit activities include service as Small Firm Co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Campaign for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands; member of the Board of Trustees of Battle Ground Academy and The University of the South; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.
- Real Estate
- Commercial Law
University of the South (B.A., magna cum laude, 1977). Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa
Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1980)
Law Clerk to Justice William J. Harbison, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1980-1981
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1981
Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982
Nashville (Secretary Treasurer, 1984-1985; Board of Directors, 1987-1990; First Vice President; 1989-1990) and Tennessee Bar Associations
The Florida Bar