- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M, 2011
- University of Ottawa, LL.B, 2006
- Michigan State University College of Law, JD., 2005
- Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A., 2002
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Ontario, Canada
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Ken is of counsel in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and a member of the probate and tax group. He has more than a decade of experience counseling clients in all aspects of real property tax law including the review of tax assessments and property tax management for large corporations. Ken also has extensive experience in litigation and has represented clients in real property tax valuation disputes and appeals. In addition, he has experience with sales and state tax issues.
Prior to joining Vorys, Ken founded and managed one of Canada's largest property tax law firms. During this time, he served as tax counsel for some of the largest companies in the country and was involved in many of the country’s most complex property tax cases.
Ken has lectured on property tax issues all over the world including in Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Malaysia.
Ken is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and a member of the organization’s legal committee. He is also the associate chair for the IPT’s 2018 annual conference. In addition, Ken is also a member of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys (NAPTA), where he currently serves on the board.
Ken received his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. He received his LL.M. in tax from Osgoode Hall Law School and his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. He received his B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ken is also certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Ontario.
Professional and Community Activities
- NAIOP Tax and Finance Subcommittee, Member 2019
- 1/24/2018Vorys announced that Ken West, an experienced real property tax lawyer, has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as of counsel.
- 1/8/2019Every six years the State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise real estate.
- 1/8/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest real property tax values established by assessing jurisdictions across the country often have a short window of opportunity to contest their new valuation.
- 8/2018Recently, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country including Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, Minnesota, Indiana and North Carolina. These decisions related to numerous real estate tax areas including exemptions and assessments.
- 5/2018Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the auditor or county assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 5/2018Recently, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country including Ohio, Indiana, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona.
- 3/2018Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the auditor or county assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 3/2018Property tax decisions of interest from around the country from January and February 2018.
- Winter 2018The State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise properties for tax purposes every six years and update those values in the middle of that cycle.
- Winter 2018
- Winter 2018The below legislation is currently pending or will be introduced soon.