- 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 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.
Ken has served as tax counsel for some of the largest companies in the country and was involved in many complex property tax and valuation cases, often using his skills as a litigator and knowledge of alternative dispute resolutions to resolve matters effectively and efficiently. He has worked with property owners on valuation matters in many jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C., Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Maine, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Alaska, California, Puerto Rico and Canada, always applying his valuation knowledge and data driven approaches to champion efficient, client-centered results.
Career highlights include:
- Advising clients on ad valorem tax consequences during due diligence stage of real estate transactions
- Litigating valuation disputes for major industrial properties with millions of dollars in refunds
- Negotiating a 20 percent reduction in the valuation of an office building in Idaho
- Negotiating significant tax savings for medical warehouse in Maryland
Ken has lectured on property tax valuation and dispute resolution issues around 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 and symposium committees. In addition, he is also a member of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys (NAPTA), where he currently serves on the board as vice president, outreach.
Ken received a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. He received an LL.M. in tax from Osgoode Hall Law School and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. He is also certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Ontario. Ken earned a certificate in adjudication for administrative agencies, boards and tribunals from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016 and a Certificate in Negotiation from the Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation in 2017.
Professional and Community Activities
- NAIOP National Tax and Finance Subcommittee, Member 2019 - present
- IPT Legal Committee. 2015-present; 2018 Annual Conference Associate Chair, 2019 PT Symposium Committee
- DC Bar Global Legal Practice Standing Committee, 2018-present
- ABA Tax Section, SALT Committee and Ad Valorem Tax Sub Committee
- 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.
- 3/14/2019Vorys attorney Ken West presented at the ABA/IPT Advanced Property Tax Seminar on March 14, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Winter 2020This article outlines states/jurisdictions with upcoming real property tax appeal deadlines.
- Winter 2020
- 7/17/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the local assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation. This time frame varies by state and by local jurisdiction and in many cases begins to run upon mailing of a new value notice.
- 7/17/2019Since the last edition of The Evaluator, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards; and legislative developments in jurisdictions across the country.
- 4/10/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the local assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 4/10/2019Since the last edition of The Evaluator, there have been several notable legislative developments and decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country.
- 3/7/2019Property taxes are frequently the largest non-productive expense incurred by property owners, and proactive management of this expense may result in increased profitability.
- 2/12/2019Every six years the State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise real estate.
- 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.