Joseph D. West


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-5306
United States

Tel: +1 202.955.8658
Fax: +1 202.530.9590


Joseph D. West is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice.

For over 35 years, Mr. West has concentrated his practice on contracts counseling and dispute resolution. He has represented both contractors (and their subcontractors, vendors and suppliers) and government agencies, and has been involved in cases before various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, numerous Federal Government Boards of Contract Appeals, and both the United States Government Accountability Office and Small Business Administration.

Mr. West is routinely recognised as one of the leading construction law experts in D.C and the USA by numerous leading independent ranking and award organisations.

• Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (1999 – present); member, Board Of Governors (2014 – Present)

• Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (Member of the Forum’s Governing Committee from 2008 – 2011; Chair of the Forum’s Division 1 (Dispute Avoidance and Resolution) from 2002 – 2004)

• Member, Board of Governors of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section, Virginia State Bar (1997 – 2003)

• Member, American Bar Association Public Contract Law and Litigation Section (Vice Chair of the Public Contract Law Section’s Pro Bono Committee from 1999 – 2002, Vice Chair of that Section’s Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues Committee from 2006 2008, and Co-Chair of the Section’s Debarment and Suspension Committee from 2009 – 2012)

• Co-Chair, Steering Committee of the Government Contracts and Litigation Section, District of Columbia Bar (2004 – 2006)

• Member, Advisory Board of Thomson/Reuters/West’s The Government Contractor (formerly owned by Federal Publications, Inc.)

• Member of, and Certified as a Professional Contract Manager by, the National Contract Management Association

  • Awarded a Peer Review Rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell in 2010-2013
  • Named by The Legal Times as one of the D.C. Area’s Top Twelve Federal Procurement Attorneys (“Leading Lawyers” series; November 1, 2004)
  • Recognized as one of the top twenty-five government contracts lawyers nationwide in the 2005 – 2013 editions of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Chosen by The Washington Business Journal as the city’s “Top Government Contracts Lawyer” in its 2006 Top Washington Lawyers edition
  • Given a “First Tier” ranking as a construction lawyer in both the inaugural (2003) and all subsequent (2004 – 2013) editions of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Recognized in March 2007 by Washington DC Super Lawyers in the Government Contracts practice area, and as one of the “Top 100” Washington, DC lawyers across all practice areas; subsequently recognized in the Government Contracts practice area in 2008 – 2012
  • Named in December 2009, 2011 and 2013 as one of Washington’s “Top Lawyers” in Government Contracts law by The Washingtonian magazine
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm. Consistently ranking among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with 1000 lawyers and 16 offices in major cities throughout the United States and Europe. Committed to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients. Gibson Dunn’s representative clients include some of the world’s largest multinational corporations in all major industries, leading government entities, commercial and investment banks, start-up ventures, emerging growth businesses, partnerships and individuals.
“Joseph West of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is noted for his expertise in construction matters relating to government contracts. He is described as “top-notch in the courtroom,” and is also celebrated for his “practical business advice.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016