Linsey W. West

Biography

Lin has more than 30 years of litigation experience, primarily in the defense of product liability, transportation, utility, professional liability, and commercial litigation claims. He has tried more than 25 lawsuits, including claims against three automobile manufacturers in both first collision and crashworthiness matters. Lin has also represented manufacturers of recreational products, consumer goods, aircraft, and industrial products. He has defended hospitals, physicians, attorneys, trucking carriers, railroads, pharmaceutical distributors, natural gas providers, and electrical contractors. 

He currently serves as national product liability counsel for the world’s largest provider of bedding products. He was national liaison counsel for an international recreational vehicle manufacturer in multi-district litigation and has substantial experience in complex litigation. Lin has represented clients in matters venued in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan, and New Jersey. He has been named as a Kentucky Super Lawyer® for many years and was named Best Lawyers® Lexington, Kentucky “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2012, 2020), Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2015), and Railroad Law (2014, 2019).  He is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1985)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Defense Research Institute, Recreational Products Committee
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Kentucky Defense Council
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Master of the Central Kentucky American Inn of Court

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers®
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Railroad Law (2014, 2019)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2015)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012, 2020)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Railroad Law 
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell