Natalie West is an associate in the Trial Group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. She has represented clients in state and federal court concerning a variety of litigation and appellate matters, including professional liability, antitrust, contract disputes, and defamation.
Prior to joining DGS in 2010, Ms. West practiced with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas, Texas. Following her legal studies, Ms. West also served a one-year term as a judicial clerk for the Honorable David C. Godbey, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Ms. West graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review. She received her B.A. in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. While in college, she interned for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Representative Bill Archer, and the Department of Justice.
Prior to law school, Ms. West served as the pro bono coordinator for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas that assists low-income persons in obtaining pro bono legal representation.
University of Texas, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2006
American University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2000
Since law school, I've been engaged in what seems to be a never-ending debate over the use of "pleaded" versus "pled." For the record, I prefer pleaded. As a graduate of legal writing guru Bryan Garner's alma mater–and his school of thought–I learned early on that pleaded is the correct past-tense form. According to Garner's "A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage," pled is an "alternative past tense form to be avoided."
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP was recently honored as the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) 2012 Law Firm of the Year for its pro bono contributions. Additionally, the Lobato Litigation Team, made up of more than 70 volunteers from a dozen law firms, including DGS, was named CLC Team of the Year for its pro bono work on Lobato v. State of Colorado. The awards, announced at the annual Awards Luncheon on May 21, recognize individuals and organizations that performed significant pro bono work through the CLC during 2011.