W. West Allen, President-elect


W. West Allen is an intellectual property litigator and counselor in Las Vegas who represents a wide variety of international clients in federal courts. West served as chair of the FBA’s Government Relations Committee for seven years. He has served as a member of the FBA’s Board of Directors for much of the past decade, serving two terms from 2011 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2018. In 2016, West received the FBA’s President’s Award for longstanding service to the FBA and as chair of its Government Relations Committee.

West served as an FBA Circuit Vice President (CVP) for the Ninth Circuit, where he assisted in the development of 16 FBA chapters from 2007 to 2013. During this time, West was twice elected to serve as the Chair of the Circuit Vice Presidents. In 2013, while serving as Government Relations Committee chair, West testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the effect of sequestration on the federal courts. He helped institute the FBA’s annual “Capitol Hill Day” and taught at the FBA’s annual leadership training. Prior to serving as an FBA national officer, West was the Nevada Chapter president from 2000 to 2001 and co-chair of the 2006 FBA National Convention held in Las Vegas. West has been a Life Fellow with the FBA Foundation since 2009.

Over the years, West has worked with many FBA leaders and committees. He was appointed to serve on the FBA’s National Council from 2001 to 2007. He has served as a member of the Government Relations Committee; the FBA 100th Anniversary Planning Committee; the Nomination and Elections Committee; the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules & Resolutions Committee (to update the FBA’s governance structure); the Chapter Activity Award and Fund Committees; and various national audit, finance, and special task force groups while serving on the Board of Directors.

West is a partner with the national law firm of Howard & Howard PLLC. Previously, he was a partner for over a decade with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, where he served on the firm’s governing executive committee. In Nevada, West founded the Nevada State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section and served as that section’s first chair in 2004. Beginning in 2005, West was appointed by the chief judge of the U.S. District Court District of Nevada to serve on the Civil Rules Standing Committee on the Local Rules. He was reappointed to this committee by the chief judge in 2009 and in 2011, at which time he drafted the local patent rules for the District of Nevada. Between 2010 and 2019, West was appointed by Nevada’s Federal Court to serve on five Merit Selection, Appointment and Reappointment Panels for U.S. Magistrate Judges, often serving as the committee chair.

Within the Las Vegas community, West has served since 2008 on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village, Nevada’s premier charity assisting those with intellectual disabilities. He is a volunteer Child Advocate Program attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He has chaired the Clark County Bar Association’s annual Liberty Bell Award Committee and served for many years on the Advisory Board for Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), an international youth service project organization.