Terry W. West

managing Partner



Shawnee, Oklahoma


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Terry 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 nine 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 and has served as the organization's president twice (1973 and 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 50+ 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. Terry’s practice is 100 percent devoted to litigation.


Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury

  • Products Liability

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Wrongful Death

  • Auto/Trucking Collision


Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National 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, L.L.B., Dean’s Honor Roll, 1966

  • Tulsa Law Review, Managing Editor, 1964-196


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 “Top 10 Oklahoma Super Lawyers”, 2017

  • Listed in “Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers”, 2011-2017

  • Listed in “Super Lawyers in Oklahoma,” 2011-2017

  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 1993-1994 edition, 1999-present editions

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2017

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1968-Present

  • Oklahoma Association for Justice, Member, 1968-Present

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Member, 1966-Present

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member

  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum, Member

Additional Accomplishments

Terry has mentored many Oklahoma lawyers, some who have gone on to become District Court Judges, Appellate Court Judges (both state and federal), and Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices.  Terry has also served on the board of Sarkeys Foundation for almost 20 years.