Ed West's practice areas include white-collar defense and investigations, crisis and reputational management, professional licensing board grievances and complex civil litigation. Formerly general counsel and chief operating officer for a construction company with projects on multiple military installations across the country, he also advises businesses on a wide variety of legal matters.
Ed is an experienced criminal trial lawyer in both state and federal courts. He has handled investigations of companies and individuals by a myriad of state and federal agencies.
He has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in the area of Criminal Law (2015-2019), North Carolina Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense (2018-2019), and The Best Lawyers in America© for Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2018-2019).
Ed has represented businesses and organizations both large and small, including publicly traded companies, health care providers, utilities, municipalities, school boards, closely-held and small businesses, as well as individuals in a wide variety of civil matters. These have included business disputes of all kinds, eminent domain takings, shareholder actions, defamation, legal malpractice defense, personal injury and a wide range of insurance matters.
He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation (2018-2019).
Ed routinely represents individuals and businesses with civil and criminal tax issues. He has represented businesses and individuals with inquiries, investigations, audits, liens, and collections issues by both the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue. He has defended clients in criminal investigations involving tax evasion, failure to file, filing false returns, failure to collect, fraud and false statements, filing fraudulent returns, structuring, embezzlement of funds by a public trustee regarding sales and withholdings tax.
Ed has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation and Controversy - Tax (2017-2019).
Ed represents professionals and practices facing matters before licensing boards. He has advised and represented individuals with matters involving the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Medical Board, North Carolina Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, North Carolina Real Estate Commission, North Carolina Irrigation Contractors Licensing Board, North Carolina Nursing Board, and North Carolina Social Work Licensing Board.
He is panel defense counsel for Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation (2018-2019), Tax Litigation and Controversy (2017-2019), and Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2019)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Criminal Defense (2015-2019)
Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) for Criminal Defense (2018-2019)
Received an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Chair (2018-present), Vice-Chair (2017-2018), Member (2015-present), Board of Advisors, Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, Hampden-Sydney College
Member, Southeastern Economic Development Commission (2013-2017)
Chair (2016-2017); Member (2013-2017), Board of Directors, The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County
Chairman, Board of Directors, New Horizons Elementary School (2013-2015)
Member, White Collar Crime Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2011-present)
Past Chair and Council Member, Criminal Justice Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2006-2007)
Past Member, National Association of Corporate Directors (2009-2010)
Past Council Member, Corporate Counsel Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2009-2010)
Past Member, New Hanover County Schools Advisory Council on Education of Children with Special Needs (2008-2010)
Presenter, "Criminal Tax Investigations and Prosecutions," J. Nelson Young Tax Institute, April 2019
Presenter, "Legal Crisis Management," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2019
Presenter, "The Relationship Between Accountants and Attorneys in Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud Investigations," 2018 Fraud and A&A Conference, October 2018
Presenter, "The Lawyer as Crisis Manager," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2018
Co-presenter (with Julia Ambrose), "Ethics Update for In-House Counsel: Litigation, Investigations and Management," Association of Corporate Counsel event, December 2017 (repeated for ACC Triad Chapter, March 2018)
Panelist, "Dealing with Co-Defendants and Related Topics," Federal Criminal Practice Seminar, Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, November 2017
Panelist, "Jack Nicklaus, Trial Strategy, and Focus Groups...with Apologies to Bill Murray," Federal Criminal Practice Seminar, Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, November 2016