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King & Spalding LLP

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Carol Wood

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King & Spalding LLP

Position

Carol Wood is a partner in and the leader of King & Spalding’s Litigation Practice Group in Houston. Ms. Wood has a broad practice in the areas of environmental and toxic tort litigation and environmental regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience in defending energy, manufacturing and real estate clients against personal injury, property damage and remediation claims involving groundwater contamination, oilfield contamination, radioactive materials, chlorinated solvents, metals, PCBs, and other contaminants.

Career

Joined the firm in 1989 after spending seven years as a Senior Legislative Aide in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Member

American Bar Association State Bar of Texas Texas Bar Foundation State Bar of Georgia (Environmental Law Section, former Chair) Defense Research Institute.

Education

J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University A.B.J., cum laude, University of Georgia.


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

While Carol Wood heads the overall tort and environment practice at King & Spalding LLP, Philip Holladay leads the firm’s Atlanta-based automotive and transportation subgroup. The team recently underwent significant changes; Shawn Stephens and Dan Willoughby retired and Halli Cohn departed to Troutman Sanders in July 2017. The departures were countered with the July 2017 hire of four partners from Reed Smith LLP in New York, namely John Hooper, Kelly D’Auria, Eric Gladbach and Jacqueline Seidel. In one highlight, Hooper, Gladbach and Seidel obtained approval of the economic loss class action settlement for Toyota in the high-profile Takata airbag MDL. The firm’s client roster also includes Ford, Mercedes and General Motors.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

King & Spalding LLP’s consumer products group is led by Richard Schneider in Atlanta, while the wider practice is headed by Carol Wood in Houston. The team continues to represent RJ Reynolds Tobacco in Engle Progeny tobacco cases in Florida and recently obtained several defense verdicts and appellate victories in related lawsuits. In other work, Andrew Bayman and Stephen Devereaux defended Floor & Decor in several personal injury claims and a putative nationwide class action, in which plaintiffs allege that laminate flooring sold by the defendant emits excessive levels of formaldehyde. Charlotte-based Cory Hohnbaum and Jeffrey Furr are other key figures in the department.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

King & Spalding LLP regularly represents manufacturers in high-profile toxic tort litigation in the automotive, chemical products and pharmaceuticals industries. In Los Angeles, Alex Calfo and Julia Romano continue to defend Johnson & Johnson in talc litigation and recently obtained defense verdicts in two lawsuits involving claims that talcum powder products, including J&J’s Baby Powder, caused the plaintiffs to develop mesothelioma. Led by Houston-based Tracie Renfroe, the team acts as lead trial counsel for Shell in products liability, negligence, nuisance and trespass claims alleging that agricultural chemicals contaminated drinking water wells. The practice is headed by Atlanta-based Kevin Buster; Carol Wood leads the overall tort and environmental department in the Houston office, where the recommended Robert Meadows and Elizabeth Taber are also based. In September 2017, Peter Hsiao joined in Los Angeles from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

King & Spalding LLP is recommended for issues such as climate change, coastal erosion, automotive and other emission regulations, and enforcement. Other areas include oilfield contamination, drinking water and soil contamination litigation, and oilfield fracking litigation. The practice is lead trial counsel for Shell in a coordinated docket of over 30 cases involving strict product liability, negligence, nuisance, and trespass claims against manufacturers and distributors of legacy agricultural chemicals. Washington DC-based Granta Nakayama leads the group. Key Houston contacts include office managing partner Tracie Renfroe; Carol Wood, who heads the national tort and environmental practice group; and Elizabeth Robertson Taber. Matthew Blaschke is a key San Francisco contact. Since publication, Peter Hsiao has joined in Los Angeles from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

King & Spalding LLP is best known for its environmental agency enforcement expertise; acting in claims involving high-exposure and high-profile groundwater, waste, soil, water, air, and climate issues; and environmental aspects of project developments. Washington DC-based Granta Nakayama and Houston’s Carol Wood are highly rated; Patricia Barmeyer and Adam Sowatzka are key Atlanta contacts. In September 2017, Peter Hsiao joined in Los Angeles from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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