Perry Dampf


Paul S. West

Paul S. West offers his 40 years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation and casino gaming regulation in his role as arbitrator. In commercial litigation, Mr. West has been involved in numerous complex matters in both state and federal courts. Mr. West was one of the lead litigators in a timber and forestry matter which involved over 200,000 acres of timberlands, was litigated in four separate courts over a six- year period and resulted in a major defense verdict for his client after a four-month jury trial in East Baton Rouge Parish. Mr. West has also obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict on behalf of an exotic animal transporter and breeder which was involved in a complex business dispute with a nationally known zoo. Additionally, he has litigated matters involving casino gaming disputes, commercial finance (including a major equitable subordination bankruptcy proceeding involving a large hotel project), fair debt collection (class action), tax litigation (for large publicly held entity), local government issues (resulting in a significant Louisiana Supreme court decision), construction (including multi-million dollar wharf construction in New Orleans), shareholder disputes (including a closely held financial institution), class actions, environmental cases, employment matters and gaming law issues. Mr. West has practiced in state court venues including Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans and has also practiced in all of the federal courts in the state of Louisiana.

Mr. West completed training in “Mediating the Litigated Case™” as part of the top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law in 2020.  He also completed the American Arbitration Association arbitration training program in 2017. Mr. West has served as an arbitrator and represented parties in arbitrations in the areas of contract disputes and construction.

In Mr. West's gaming law practice, he has represented operators, licensees, vendors, financial institutions, local governments, federally recognized native American tribes and all aspects of the industry. Mr. West served as the 2010 President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and is an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University where he teaches Introduction to Gaming Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Prior to joining Butler Snow, Mr. West was previously head of the Gaming Law Section at McGlinchey Stafford for over 15 years.

Areas of Concentration



Casino Gaming Regulation and Disputes

Commercial Litigation

Government Law

Environmental Disputes

Shareholder Disputes


B.S., Louisiana State University (1977)

J.D., Louisiana State University School of Law (1980)


Member Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations

Awarded the highest designation of legal ability and ethics (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell and was named the 1992 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana by the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association

Selected for inclusion in Woodward White's Best Lawyers in America for Corporate, M&A, Securities and Gaming Law since 1998; named by Chambers USA as one of “America's Leading Business Lawyers”; and designated as a "Tier One" gaming attorney

Involved in a number of civic organizations in the Baton Rouge community, including, but not limited to: Shaw Center for the Arts (Chair 2007-present); Douglas Manship Theatre Complex (Chairman of the Board, 2003-2006); Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Louisiana Arts and Science Center (President, 2001); Baton Rouge Rotary Club (President, 2002); Community Fund for the Arts (Chairman 1998); Baton Rouge Gallery (President, 1992); Capital Area United Way