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West Mermis Co-founders Earn Best Lawyers in America Honors for 2019


West Mermis Co-founders Earn Best Lawyers in America Honors for 2019

Name partners recognized for expertise in construction litigation

HOUSTON – Lawrence J. West and Joshua W. Mermis, co-founders of the Houston-based litigation boutique West Mermis PLLC, have been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America for their work in construction litigation.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers’ peer-nominated attorney guide has been recognized as a trusted reference source to the nation’s top lawyers. This will be the second time Mr. West and Mr. Mermis have received this distinction.

“To be placed among the very best attorneys is certainly a great honor,” Mr. West said. “However, the overall success of our firm would not be possible without the fierce dedication and unwavering commitment put forth by our entire team. For that, I attribute this honor to them.”

For more than 25 years, Mr. West has defended a variety of businesses, including contractors, subcontractors and manufacturers, in all types of litigation and premises liability matters. He is a member of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section and for more than 10 years has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Mermis is known for his broad experience in litigation, particularly in the areas of construction, energy, product liability and business law. He also previously served as past chairman of the Houston Bar Association’s Construction Law Section and frequently speaks on a variety of topics concerning the construction and energy industries.

“It is a high point in any attorney’s career to be recognized by your peers,” said Mr. Mermis. “This honor reinforces my drive and ability to provide clients with outstanding legal representation.”

The annual Best Lawyers in America guide selects honorees based reviews and votes from currently recognized lawyers in the same practice area with final review conducted by the publication’s editorial team. For a full listing of the 2019 honorees visit

West Mermis has brought together some of the area’s top legal talent, with highly skilled attorneys in litigation, construction and business law. The firm carries a solid reputation that is backed with courtroom experience and knowledge that contributes to favorable results for its clients.


Lawrence J. West


Contact: 713.255.3555

Larry is a founding partner of West Mermis PLLC who is known for his proven courtroom experience in construction and commercial litigation. He has tried cases throughout the State of Texas. For more than thirty years, Larry has successfully represented general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, developers, insurance companies, owners and individuals in complex commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, business litigation, insurance defense and worksite accidents.


Joshua W. Mermis


Contact: 713.255.3544

Joshua W. Mermis is a founding partner of West Mermis, PLLC. He has broad experience in litigation, construction, energy, and business matters. Joshua has extensive trial experience having conducted jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations involving significant multi-million-dollar commercial projects throughout Texas. He has counseled public and private clients across numerous industries, including construction, infrastructure, healthcare, technology, and insurance. He represents owners, operators, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, suppliers, product manufacturers, businesses, and individuals in a variety of disputes.

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