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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 actions: toxic tort - defense

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

King & Spalding LLP’s toxic and environmental torts practice group is headed by Carol Wood and spans a multitude of sectors, including energy, environmental, climate change and asbestos litigation. Led by Tracie Renfroe, the team successfully defended ConocoPhillips subsidiary Burlington Resources in an ISCID arbitration against Ecuador’s US$2.5bn environmental contamination counterclaims for soil and groundwater contamination and ecological injury. Further, Los Angeles-based Alexander Calfo and Julia Romano continue to represent Johnson & Johnson in talc litigation. Other clients include Shell, Monsanto and Chevron. Robert Meadows, Elizabeth Taber and associate Megan Nishikawa in San Francisco are also recommended. Frank Bayuk departed for Jones Day in March 2018, while Craig Stanfield joined in January 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Unless otherwise noted, all named partners are based in Houston.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

The 'excellent' trial and global disputes group at King & Spalding LLP deals with the firm's contentious oil and gas work. Tracie Renfroe (Houston) leads the practice and Robert Meadows (Houston), Reginald Smith (Houston), Charles Correll (San Francisco) and Tim Engel (DC) are all key points of contact. A team including Meadows and Correll is representing Chevron in multiple lawsuits arising from an explosion and fire at the client's refinery in Richmond, California; the firm has secured the dismissal of over 10,000 plaintiffs in individual claimant actions and two purported class actions at the pleadings stage. Elsewhere, Renfroe, Houston-based Carol Wood and others are defending ConocoPhillips in a series of climate change lawsuits; the plaintiffs seek potentially billions of dollars to redeem municipalities’ claimed costs of infrastructure modifications to prepare for a future allegedly threatened by a climate change for which the client is responsible. Additionally, the firm is active in litigation related to toxic torts, personal injury, property damage and trade secrets, as well as international arbitration. Craig Stanfield, noted for his knowledge of toxic and environmental torts, joined the Houston office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2018. Also based in Houston, onshore and offshore energy project specialist Andrew Stakelum was made partner in January 2018.

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Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

King & Spalding LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėterrific‚Äô team is retained by big-name clients in litigation relating to climate change, coastal erosion, oilfield fracking, drinking water and soil contamination, as well as automotive and other emission regulation and enforcement, and oilfield contamination in the US and Latin America. As an example, the firm was engaged by key client ConocoPhillips in a spate of climate change tort litigation cases brought by a number of states; toxic and environmental torts practice head Carol Wood¬†and Houston office managing partner Tracie Renfroe¬†co-led the case. Respected Granta Nakayama¬†works out of Washington DC and is also known for his regulatory expertise. Craig Stanfield¬†joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP¬†in January 2018, and Peter Hsiao¬†joined in Los Angeles from Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†in September 2018. Other key contacts include Matt Blaschke¬†in San Francisco, and Elizabeth Robertson Taber. Named lawyers are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

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