Michelle West joined Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. in 2008 and has devoted her practice to obtaining recovery for individuals who are catastrophically injured due to defective products including vehicles, tires, skylights, machinery, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
In addition to her work in product liability, Ms. West also handles cases involving premises liability, government claims, dangerous condition of public and private property, industrial or construction accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, amputation, carbon monoxide poisoning, injuries on cruise ships and excursions, and accidents involving big-rig trucks and other commercial vehicles.
Ms. West has recovered numerous seven figure results for her clients at both settlement and trial. In 2012, Ms. West was part of the trial team which attained an $11.9 million dollar verdict for a client who was injured when he collided with a commercial vehicle on a Los Angeles freeway.
Ms. West has also prepared appellate briefs for the California Court of Appeal, including the California Supreme Court, and has argued in front of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
In 2014 Ms. West became a Fellow of the ABOTA National Trial College. Ms. West is admitted to the California Bar and the United States District Court‚ Central District. She is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California‚ Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles‚ Orange County Bar Association‚ Orange County Trial Lawyers Association‚ Los Angeles County Bar Association‚ and Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Ms. West also serves on the Orange County Bar Association’s Administration of Justice Committee, a “blue ribbon” committee which reviews and comments on rules of court and other subject provided for public comment by the Judicial Council, Superior Court and the California State Bar, upon approval by the Executive Committee.
Michelle West graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law where she graduated in the top 10 percent of the class. Ms. West was an editor of thePepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal‚ a member of the Moot Court Board, and a research assistant to Professor Kristine S. Knaplund.
Ms. West received several awards for achievement during law school including the Witkin/West Group award for Academic Excellence for the highest grade in several courses and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Ms. West was also on the Dean’s Honor List. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from the California State University at Long Beach.
As part of her charity work, Ms. West serves as a Silver Level Honorary Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC), an organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of needy persons and groups in the greater Los Angeles area.
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