Paul S. West - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Paul S. West

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 225-381-7018

Paul S. West concentrates his practice in the area of gaming law. He represents casino owners, operators, suppliers and financiers in all areas of gaming law, from regulatory to transactional to litigation. He also has experience advising local governments on gaming issues. Mr. West is a seasoned commercial litigator, and has handled numerous jury trials involving substantial damages and issues.

Mr. West served as 2010 President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and is an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University where he teaches Introduction to Gaming Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is a shareholder in the Firm's Baton Rouge office. Mr. West was previously head of the Gaming Law Section at McGlinchey Stafford for over 15 years.

Louisiana State UniversityBA 1977Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law CenterJ.D. 1980Louisiana State UniversityMBA 2005
Louisiana State Bar Association: 2011 Annual Meeting Committee; Assistant Bar Examiner; Member of House of Delegates (1989 – 2004); Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee; Member of the Nominating Committee (1995 – 2000); Co-Chair of SummeBaton Rouge Bar Foundation Board of Directors Baton Rouge Bar Association; and member of the Board of Directors (1988 – 2000) The International Association of Gaming Advisors (2010) The International Association of Gaming Advisors

Case History

Recent Representative Matters
  • $100 million acquisition of a casino, together with all regulatory approvals and local real estate and financing details.
  • Local approvals for national casino owner of multiple financing transactions.
  • Renewal of licenses for riverboat projects in Louisiana.

Client Comments

"Paul has his pulse on Louisiana Gaming Law. He is "the" lawyer in this area in the state in my opinion."

Office Location

Chase North Tower, 20th Floor
450 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Baton Rouge Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Baton Rouge Metro Area
Paul S. West has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Paul S. West has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Gaming Law (Administrative, Business Transactions, Casino, Government Relations, Licensing, Liquor, Litigation)