Jen West focuses her practice on creditors' rights, commercial litigation, insolvency, workouts and foreclosure. She primarily represents banks and other lending institutions, with a focus on community banks.

Jen also dedicates a significant portion of her practice to bankruptcy, representing creditors in Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13 proceedings. She primarily handles matters involving commercial debtors, but also represents creditors in consumer matters. She has experience representing Chapter 7 Trustees in fraudulent conveyance actions, avoidance actions, and liquidation of various types of real and personal property. Jen is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jen and her family live in Chester, Virginia, where they are active members of the Tri-Cities Hokie Club. She currently is serving on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund. She and her husband also are season ticket holders for Virginia Tech football and basketball games.


  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia (J.D., 2001) Law Review: Environmental Law & Policy Review, Articles Editor and Business Editor, 2000 - 2001 Law Journal: William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Member
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA (B.A., Political Science and Sociology, cum laude, 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Represented community bank in workout of multi-million dollar commercial development loan, including sale of a portion of the loan portfolio and restructuring and refinance of remaining debt relationship
  • Represented large national telecommunications company in the defense of alleged automatic stay and other consumer protection violations in a chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding
  • Represented Fortune 50 company in acquisition of intellectual property assets from a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • Represented a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in recovery of fraudulently transferred life insurance policies and prosecution of related claims
  • Represented agricultural lender in motion to convert Chapter 12 bankruptcy to Chapter 7 proceeding on the basis of fraudulent activity of the debtor, and liquidation of assets and recovery of amounts owed in close cooperation with Chapter 7 trustee
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of significant preference claim in large Chapter 11 retail bankruptcy

Representative Cases

  • Compass Chem. Int'l, LLC v. Failon, 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 976 (U.S. Bankr. E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Iles v. North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority, 249 Fed. Appx. 304; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22837 (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007)
  • Parker v. North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority (U.S. Dist. E.D. Va. 2006)
  • Phillips v. Rinehart (In re Rinehart, 352 B.R. 427; 2005 Bankr. LEXIS 3028 (U.S. Brankr. E.D. Va. 2005)
  • Richards v. Rapid Funding, LLC (In re Richards), 336 B.R. 722; 2004 Bankr. LEXIS 2418 (U.S. Bankr. E.D. Va. 2004)
  • Wells Fargo v. Kroeger (U.S. Dist. E.D. Va. 2003)
  • Kepley Broscious, PLC v. Ahearn (In re Ahearn), 318 B.R. 638; 2003 Bankr. LEXIS 2103 (U.S. Bankr. E.D. Va. 2003)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2012-2016
    • Membership Committee, 2006-2009; Chair 2008-2009
    • Administration of Justice Committee, 2009-2012; Chair 2011-2012
    • Bankruptcy Section Executive Board Member, 2009-present; Chair 2015-2016
  • Virginia Creditors Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Honors and Awards

  •  Virginia Business magazine's  "Legal Elite" 2015, 2018 for Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director of Firm Pro Bono and Community Outreach Activities
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Hotline Project

Community Involvement

  • Virginia Tech Athletic Fund Board of Directors; Member, Privileges and Benefits Committee