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John S. West Joins English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP

John S. West joins the law firm of English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP as Senior Counsel effective September 1, 2022. 

John is a seasoned trial attorney with over three decades of litigation experience. Over the last twenty years he has focused on environmental law issues involving water, air, waste management and natural resources. Prior to joining English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, John worked for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet representing the Division of Water Quality, Division for Air Quality, Division of Waste Management, and the Division of Natural Resources. West has navigated a broad range of environmental issues and also has 30 years of labor arbitration practice where he has been listed with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1993.

When not litigating for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, John continued to develop his extensive labor arbitration practice. He is published and cited as authority in the legal treatise ELKOURI & ELKOURI, HOW ARBITRATION WORKS (7th ed. 2012). John is also a published author of labor arbitration decisions in Labor Arbitration Reports, by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and Labor Relations Reporter, published by CCH, Inc.

West is a graduate of Purdue University where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science, and he received his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  

Bob Young, Managing Partner at ELPO Law, says, “John is a seasoned litigator with decades of successful trial practice and advocacy in the field of environmental law. He has the immediate ability to effectively manage all aspects of complex environmental litigation from investigation and pre-trial matters through final judgment. We are very fortunate to have him as part of the ELPO Law team.” 

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