Lawrence J. West


Mr. West is a founding partner of West Mermis PLLC. and currently serves as its Managing partner. He has more than 28 years of litigation experience handling cases all over the State of Texas. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, business litigation and worksite accidents. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating in legal ability & ethical standards. In addition, this year he was again named both as a Super Lawyer and one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. West is a frequent lecturer on business litigation, construction litigation and risk shifting provisions in commercial contracts.



P: 713.255.3550


Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D. 1988

The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Finance 1984


Texas Bar, 1988

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1989

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1990

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1991

U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1992


Complex commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, business litigation and worksite accidents


Member: Life Fellow, of both the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Association

Member: Texas Assoc. of Defense Counsel and International Assoc. of Defense Counsel

Member: Construction Practice Group – DRI

Member: Construction Practice Group – IADC

Member: Construction Law Section – State Bar of Texas

Member: Associated General Contractors – Texas Chapter

Member: Chancellor’s Council – The University of Texas System (2006-present)

Member: Chairman of the Chancellor’s Council (2015-2016)

Member: UT Austin Development Board (2013-present)

President: President, UT Austin McCombs Business School Parents’ Council (2014-2016)

Member: Board of Trustees, Episcopal High School (2010-2014)

Member: Board of Directors, Post Oak YMCA (2000-2008)

Member: Board of Directors & General Counsel, Post Oak Little League (2005-2009)

Member: Board of Directors, Houston Country Club (2007-2010)


Co-Author: “Compendium of Texas Construction Law,” USLAW, Spring 2010

Speech: “Making an Additional Insured Claim,” Phoenix, AZ, Spring 2011

Speech: “Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility Collapse,” Phoenix, AZ, Spring 2011

Speech: “Preparing the Expert Witness for Deposition,” FEWA, Spring 2012

Speech: “Top 10 Provisions in a Construction Contract,” USLAW, Spring 2012

Co-Author: “Compendium of Texas Construction Law,” USLAW, Spring 2012

Author: “Checklist for Preparing an Expert Witness for Depo,” IADC Newsletter, May, 2012

Author: “Risk Shifting Provisions in Commercial Contracts,” IADC, August 2012

Speech: “Requirements for Additional Insurance Coverage,” IADC, August 2012

Author: “Texas Anti-Indemnity Statute,” USLAW, Spring 2013

Speech: “Risk Transfer for Construction Accidents,” USLAW, Spring 2013

Speech: “Managing Experts,” HBA Construction Law Section, March 2014

Co-Chair: USLAW Spring Conference-Construction Track, Miami, FL, April 2014

Speech: “Cross Examining Experts,” JTWT, April 2014

Speech: “Additional Insured Tenders,” USLAW, Fall 2014

Speech: “Construction and Insurance Law Update” USLAW, Spring 2016

Speech: “Presentation Tactics in Trial and Arbitration,” Forensic Expert Witness Assoc., April 2016