Christopher R. West: Lawyer with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation

Christopher R. West

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Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate & Business
  • Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Small Business Investment Companies
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
University Williams College, B.A., 1972
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1975
Admitted1975, Maryland and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; 1978, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland; 1979, U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court; 2000, District of Columbia

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements
•Bar Association of Baltimore City
•President (2007-2008)
•President-Elect (2006-2007)
•Vice President (2005-2006)
•Treasurer (2004-2005)
•Chair, Judicial Selections Committee (2003-2004)
•Chair, Young Lawyers Section (1986-1987)
•Chair, Law Firm Sponsorship Committee (2008-2013)
•American Bar Association
•Maryland State Bar Association
•Member, Board of Governors (2008-2010, 2013-2015)
•Judicial Appointments Committee (2008-2012)
•Special Committee on Court House Construction (2004-2013)
•President, Baltimore Bar Foundation, 2005-2006
•fellow, Baltimore Bar Foundation
•fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation
•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•Co-Chair, Maryland Fellows (2009-2013)
•Maryland State Arts Council
•Vice Chairman (2006-2007)
•Secretary Treasurer (2004-2006)
•President, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Inc. (2004-2006)
•President, Young Victorian Theatre Company (2001-2006)
•Counsel, Maryland Republican Party, 1982-1996,1998-2003
•Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee (2005-2013)
•Mediator, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City
•Baltimore Bar Library, Board Member (2007-2013)

BornBaltimore, Maryland, April 7, 1950


Mr. West has a national practice representing venture capitalists which are licensed, or which want to obtain licenses, from the U. S. Small Business Administration as Small Business Investment Companies; once so licensed, these companies are able to borrow up to three times the amount of their private capital from the U. S. Government at very advantageous interest rates. Mr. West assists these companies with licensing and regulatory issues and handles the documentation of their investments. Mr. West also represents lending institutions in connection with their Maryland-based commercial and real estate loans, and he represents both local and national companies doing business in Maryland, assisting them with their transactional needs and in complying with all applicable state and local regulations. Mr. West also maintains an active business litigation practice.

Mr. West achieved an A/V® rating from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating for ethics and legal ability.

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements

• Bar Association of Baltimore City
President (2007-2008)
President-Elect (2006-2007)
Vice President (2005-2006)
Treasurer (2004-2005)
Chair, Judicial Selections Committee (2003-2004)
Chair, Young Lawyers Section (1986-1987)
Chair, Law Firm Sponsorship Committee (2008-2013)

• American Bar Association

• Maryland State Bar Association
Member, Board of Governors (2008-2010, 2013-2015)
Judicial Appointments Committee (2008-2012)
Special Committee on Court House Construction (2004-2013)

• President, Baltimore Bar Foundation, 2005-2006

• fellow, Baltimore Bar Foundation

• fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation

• fellow, American Bar Foundation
Co-Chair, Maryland fellows (2009-2013)

• Maryland State Arts Council
Vice Chairman (2006-2007)
Secretary Treasurer (2004-2006)

• President, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Inc. (2004-2006)

• President, Young Victorian Theatre Company (2001-2006)

• Counsel, Maryland Republican Party, 1982-1996,1998-2003

• Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee (2005-2013)

• Mediator, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City

• Baltimore Bar Library, Board Member (2007-2013)

 (Also at Baltimore, Maryland Office)


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Christopher R. West

1025 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20036


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