W. West Allen, Director


West serves as Government Relations Committee Chair for the FBA. He previously served as Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Vice Presidents of the Circuits from 2009 to 2011. He leads an intellectual property and federal litigation group at the Michigan-based law firm of Howard & Howard in Las Vegas. 

West received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University (B.S. 1991) and his law degree from John Marshall Law School—Chicago (J.D. 1995). While in Chicago, he was the executive managing editor for the John Marshall Law School—Chicago Journal of Computer and Information Law (1994-1995). West later served a federal judicial law clerk to Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (1995-96). He was elected to serve as the first chair of the State Bar of Nevada’s Intellectual Property Section (2004-05). He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in 2005 and 2010 to serve on the Court’s Civil Rules Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on the Local Rules of Practice. He also has been appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court District of Nevada to serve on the Merit Selection and Appointment Panel for Magistrate Judgeship (2010-2011).

FBA Activities: West was the president of the Nevada Chapter of the FBA (2000-01) and thereafter served as a presidentially appointed member to the National Council (2002-07). He served as co-chair for the 2006 FBA Annual Meeting and Convention held in Las Vegas. He has served previously as a member on various national FBA committees, including the FBA’s Constitution and Rules Committee, the National Nominations and Elections Committee, the National Chapter Activity Fund Committee, and the FBA’s Constitution and Bylaws Special Task Force. West currently serves as an appointed member to the FBA’s Government Relations Committee (2007-Present). He began his first term as Vice President for the Ninth Circuit in 2007. He has been elected to serve as Chair of the Vice Presidents of the Circuits in 2009 and 2010, and currently is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.