Attorney Tim West
Kansas City Product Liability Attorney
Tim had never met a lawyer before he started law school, but was committed
to making a difference and being the best possible lawyer. Graduating
at the top of his class, serving as the Managing Editor of the Law Review,
Chief Justice of the Honor Court and a Legal Research and Writing Teaching
Assistant propelled him into working at the largest law firm in Kansas
City doing product liability defense for large companies. After a few
years and some trial experience, he decided that he needed a more diverse
practice that would permit him to try more cases and experience other
areas of the law. That desire and a well-timed federal court trial lead
him to receive an offer from the top business litigation firm in Kansas
City. For the next 13 years, Tim represented a collection of plaintiffs
and defendants in state and federal court proceedings across the country.
These clients included very large companies and local individuals. Tim’s
representation of these clients resulted in seven-figure plaintiffs verdicts
on one-hand and complete defense verdicts on the other. Regardless of
the client, Tim has been able to obtain exceptional results in the form
of jury verdicts and settlements. From day one, Tim has believed that
every single person deserves the very best representation possible and
has striven to provide that each and every one of his clients.
It was by great luck that Tim received a case referred to him by another
firm that he ended up opposing Bertram & Graf in a complex products
liability case regarding novel liability theories. That case created the
mutual respect between Tim and Scott and Ben Bertram that lead him to
his current position as a partner in the firm. Tim has maintained his
business litigation practice and continues to assist individuals in contract
and business disputes of all sorts. While a trial lawyer at heart, Tim
still believes that the best outcome in most business disputes is a business
solution. He strives to obtain that for his clients and minimize the costs
associated with litigation.
Being at Bertram & Graf, has also allowed Tim to returned to his first
love—products liability. Currently, in addition to his myriad of
business litigation disputes, Tim is litigating 3M earplug cases, Opioid
cases on behalf of local governments and traumatic brain injury cases.
Tim is committed to each of his clients cases and knows that each case
carries with it special challenges and opportunities that require individualized
Tim counts it as a blessing that he is one of few lawyers that has been
able to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in large class actions.
Currently, Tim is focusing his class action practice on shareholder disputes
and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which protects employees
from having to work off the clock and other violations that keep employees
from being paid for all the hours they worked.
If you think Tim can be of assistance to you, please call us.
- University of Missouri at Kansas City, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1999
- University of Missouri at Kansas City, Juris Doctorate, 2002
- United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- United States District Court for the District of Kansas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC) – Immediate Past President
- Jackson County Law Library – President Elect
- American Association for Justice
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)