Misuse of Public Money

In the 61st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. This was a case that garnered much media attention due to the allegations of the willful and illegal destruction of public records, and misuse of public money by the Harris County Metro. The lawsuit resulted in successfully obtaining a permanent injunction against Metro, and its chief executives, to not destroy public records and to develop a plan and a court-approved policy on records retention. The lawsuit also brought about the resignation of Metro's Chief Executive. Michael West was lead counsel in this successful lawsuit in which he represented Lloyd Kelley, with four lead attorneys and at least seven attorneys and multiple support staff in their corner at the many court hearings.

Wrongful Death of a Husband

Michael West represented Joy Witt as lead counsel in the wrongful death of her husband, Daniel Witt. This was a complicated case that invloved the property owner, lesser, architect, general contractor and three sub-contractors over the construction and ultimate collapse of the grocery store's roof. After a couple of years of litigation the lawsuit settled for a confidential amount but which sum is sufficient to financial take care of Ms. Witt for the rest of her life.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

In the 334th District Court of Harris County, Texas. Michael West was lead counsel for the Plaintiff in this legal malpractice lawsuit. It was alleged that the defendants breached their fiduciary duty by actively working against their client's interest, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. After a lengthy litigation, the case was settled for a confidential amount, but which amount was significant.

Bank of America

189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Michael West was lead counsel for Texas First National Bank in this lawsuit involving claims of alteration and violation of several Uniform Commercial Codes (UCC). This case was significant because of the amount of Bank of America’s claimed damages (over $1 million) and the complicated UCC issues involved regarding relationships of customer-to-bank and bank-to-bank. Mr. West was successful in his defense of this lawsuit, and it was dismissed by Bank of America without his client paying any money damages.

Stolen Cheese

125th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Michael West was lead counsel for all of the defendants in this lawsuit, which involved allegations of theft of trade secrets. The defendant, Mr. Keliehor, repaired equipment of Castro Cheese Company, which was used in production of their cheese. The cheese that was manufactured was the most basic and simple of all cheeses that are made. This particular type of cheese (white cheese) has been made for thousands of years and the recipe for such can be found in any book on how to make cheese. This is the “beginners” cheese of choice. This case was significant in that Castro Cheese had a corner on the market of this cheese, which was marketed to the Hispanic community. The defendants began making and selling a similar cheese, marketing to the same people. Castro Cheese Company spent over $600,000 to prosecute this lawsuit in order to monopolize this market. After a very difficult discovery process, we were able to gather enough information in order to settle this lawsuit and allow the defendants to make cheese.