Terry W. West

Terry W. West

Managing Partner
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Terry W. West is the senior partner of The West Law Firm.  Terry was born in Ada, Oklahoma and grew up in the small railroad town of Francis, just north of Ada.  He graduated high school in 1956 at the top of his class (which was not too difficult, given there were 9 students in the class and his mother was the teacher).  Terry attended East Central University, and then transferred to the University of Oklahoma.  He later attended the University of Tulsa Law School’s night school program, where he served as the managing editor of the Tulsa Law Review and graduated with his L.L.B. in 1966. 

Terry has been a member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association since 1968, has served as the organization’s president twice; in 1973 and again in 1988.  He has been involved equally as long in the American Association of Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and served on the ATLA Board of Governors from 1974-1977.  

An Oklahoma Bar Association member for 46 years, Terry served on the OBA Board of Governors from 1987-1989, has twice served on the Judicial Nominating Committee and has been appointed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to serve on standing committees for the Preparation of the Oklahoma Uniform Civil Jury Instructions, the Committee on Judicial Evaluation and the Committee on Civility and Professionalism.  He currently is general counsel to the Oklahoma Counsel on Judicial Complaints. 

Some of Terry’s other accomplishments include:  Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and listed numerous times in the publications, “Best Lawyers in America” and “Oklahoma Super Lawyers." 

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Auto/Trucking Collisions

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, Nat'l. Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1968
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1976


  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • LL.B. - 1966
    • Honors: Dean's Honor Roll
    • Law Review: Tulsa Law Review, Managing Editor, 1964 - 1965
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma - 1961
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
    • B.A - 1961
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Master Emeritus, William J. Holloway Inn of Court
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," 1993-1994 edition, 1999-present editions
  • Listed in "Super Lawyers in Oklahoma," 2011-2013
  • Listed in "Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers," 2011-2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in "Super Lawyers in Oklahoma," 2006-2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Justice, Member, 1968 - Present
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice, Member, 1968 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Member, 1966 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member


  • English (Primary)


  • Phi Delta Phi


The West Law Firm
124 West Highland Street
Shawnee, OK 74801
Map and Directions

Phone: 405-395-4699
Toll free: 866-682-6365
Fax: 405-275-0052