John S West

SENIOR COUNSEL

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Overview

John West has joined ELPO Law as Senior Counsel.  John is a seasoned trial attorney with three decades of litigation experience. Over the last twenty years he has focused on environmental law issues involving water, air, waste management and natural resources.

John is a nationally recognized labor arbitrator for over thirty years presiding over and resolving labor disputes in both the public and private sector. He has been listed with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1993.

Prior to joining English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, John worked for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet representing the Division of Water Quality, Division for Air Quality, Division of Waste Management, and the Division of Natural Resources.

John has deep knowledge and experience with water environmental issues under the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act and the state laws implementing them. His knowledge and experience includes implementing Title V of the Clean Air Act, permit and dispute resolution for facilities subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Performance Standards, and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants programs. Additionally, John has handled cases involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

John is a seasoned litigator in the administrative, state, and federal courts throughout Kentucky. This includes matters concerning water discharges from agricultural sources such as animal feeding and dairy operations, stormwater runoff, public and private wastewater treatment plants, municipal sewers, contaminated drinking water, oil wells, natural gas wells, coal, floodplain construction, dam safety, stream construction, and wetlands. He has handled air issues concerning asbestos abatement, aluminum foundries, battery manufacturing plants, coal fired power plants, coal gasification plants, charcoal production, chemical manufacturing, limestone operations, and treated lumber. John has litigated and negotiated matters involving waste management and hazardous waste disposal issues, underground storage tanks, lighting products, and municipal waste sites.  He has also worked in surface mining reclamation.

When not litigating for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, John continued to develop his extensive labor arbitration practice. He is published and cited as authority in the legal treatise ELKOURI & ELKOURI, HOW ARBITRATION WORKS (7th ed. 2012). John is a published author of labor arbitration decisions in Labor Arbitration Reports, by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and Labor Relations Reporter, published by CCH, Inc.

He has written decisions in the areas of absenteeism, arbitrability, bargaining unit work, conduct (off-duty/personal), disability, discipline (discharge and non-discharge), discrimination, drug/alcohol offenses, health/hospitalization, hiring practices, holiday pay, holidays, incentive pay, job classification and rates, job performance, job posting/bidding, layoffs/bumping/recall, leave, management rights, past practices, promotion, retirement, safety/health conditions, seniority, sexual harassment, subcontracting/contracting out, vacation, vacation pay, violence and threats, wages, work hours/schedules/assignments, and working conditions/work orders.

John has presided over arbitration cases in the following industries: agriculture, automotive, bakery, beverage, building products, cement, chemicals, coal, dairy, distillery, electrical equipment/appliances, foundry, health Care, hospital/nursing home, iron, lumber, machinery, meat packing, metal fabrication, mining, police and fire, prison guard, public sector grievance, pulp and paper, steel, transportation, trucking and storage, and utilities.

When he isn’t working, John enjoys renovating historic homes, spending time outdoors, and spending quality time with his family.

 

Credentials

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Kentucky Bar Association, 1990
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1991
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, 1993
 

EDUCATION

  • Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., J.D. , 1989
  • Purdue University, B.A., 1986

Affiliations

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

 

Recognition

  • Recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for work with wastewater treatment plants, 2006
  • Selected as a Kentucky Admiral, 2020

John West has joined ELPO Law as Senior Counsel.  John is a seasoned trial attorney with three decades of litigation experience. Over the last twenty years he has focused on environmental law issues involving water, air, waste management and natural resources.

John is a nationally recognized labor arbitrator for over thirty years presiding over and resolving labor disputes in both the public and private sector. He has been listed with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1993.

Prior to joining English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, John worked for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet representing the Division of Water Quality, Division for Air Quality, Division of Waste Management, and the Division of Natural Resources.

John has deep knowledge and experience with water environmental issues under the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act and the state laws implementing them. His knowledge and experience includes implementing Title V of the Clean Air Act, permit and dispute resolution for facilities subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Performance Standards, and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants programs. Additionally, John has handled cases involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

John is a seasoned litigator in the administrative, state, and federal courts throughout Kentucky. This includes matters concerning water discharges from agricultural sources such as animal feeding and dairy operations, stormwater runoff, public and private wastewater treatment plants, municipal sewers, contaminated drinking water, oil wells, natural gas wells, coal, floodplain construction, dam safety, stream construction, and wetlands. He has handled air issues concerning asbestos abatement, aluminum foundries, battery manufacturing plants, coal fired power plants, coal gasification plants, charcoal production, chemical manufacturing, limestone operations, and treated lumber. John has litigated and negotiated matters involving waste management and hazardous waste disposal issues, underground storage tanks, lighting products, and municipal waste sites.  He has also worked in surface mining reclamation.

When not litigating for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, John continued to develop his extensive labor arbitration practice. He is published and cited as authority in the legal treatise ELKOURI & ELKOURI, HOW ARBITRATION WORKS (7th ed. 2012). John is a published author of labor arbitration decisions in Labor Arbitration Reports, by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and Labor Relations Reporter, published by CCH, Inc.

He has written decisions in the areas of absenteeism, arbitrability, bargaining unit work, conduct (off-duty/personal), disability, discipline (discharge and non-discharge), discrimination, drug/alcohol offenses, health/hospitalization, hiring practices, holiday pay, holidays, incentive pay, job classification and rates, job performance, job posting/bidding, layoffs/bumping/recall, leave, management rights, past practices, promotion, retirement, safety/health conditions, seniority, sexual harassment, subcontracting/contracting out, vacation, vacation pay, violence and threats, wages, work hours/schedules/assignments, and working conditions/work orders.

John has presided over arbitration cases in the following industries: agriculture, automotive, bakery, beverage, building products, cement, chemicals, coal, dairy, distillery, electrical equipment/appliances, foundry, health Care, hospital/nursing home, iron, lumber, machinery, meat packing, metal fabrication, mining, police and fire, prison guard, public sector grievance, pulp and paper, steel, transportation, trucking and storage, and utilities.

When he isn’t working, John enjoys renovating historic homes, spending time outdoors, and spending quality time with his family.

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Kentucky Bar Association, 1990
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1991
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, 1993
 

EDUCATION

  • Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., J.D. , 1989
  • Purdue University, B.A., 1986

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
 

  • Recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for work with wastewater treatment plants, 2006
  • Selected as a Kentucky Admiral, 2020