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Ben West focuses his practice on all areas of real estate matters including ownership and development; sales and acquisitions; land planning and zoning; financing, condemnation, and leasing; and both long-term ground leases and commercial leases.

Listed among Texas’ top firms for Real Estate in Chambers USA 2020 by Chambers and Partners

National first-tier ranking and regional rankings in both Dallas and Houston for Real Estate Law in “Best Law Firms” 2020 by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated, structured, and documented the sale of real property, improved and unimproved
  • Negotiated, structured, and documented the acquisition and management of improved properties such as shopping centers and office parks
  • Negotiated, structured, and documented real estate developments from inception, including assemblage of real property for development, land planning and land use agreements, and financing
  • Negotiated, structured, and documented leases, including ground leases, retail leases, and farm and ranch leases
  • Negotiated, structured, and documented condemnation transactions

Prior Employment

  • United States Navy 1957-1960; USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747), Gunnery Officer

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law), 1983-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate, Business/Corporate), 2003-2005


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; President, Real Estate Section, 1981
  • Member, Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys
  • General Counsel and Board of Directors, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
  • General Counsel, Hillcrest Foundation
  • Member, Dallas Leadership Council of The University of Texas at Austin
  • Member, Dallas Citizens Council
  • Member, Brook Hollow Golf Club

Education & Admissions


  • LL.B., 1961, The University of Texas School of Law; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review; Chancellors; Order of the Coif; Chairman, A.W. Walker, Jr. Chair; ’61 Class Representative
  • B.A., 1956, with honors, The University of Texas at Austin


  • Texas

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