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Michael Gary Woods

Michael Gary Woods

Practice areas:

Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor

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Mr. Woods has devoted his entire practice to civil litigation. In 1973, he joined the law firm of McCormick Barstow in Fresno, California. Since that time, he has tried cases alleging civil rights violations, sexual harassment, race, age, disability and gender discrimination, political retaliation, whistle blower retaliation, wrongful termination and other employment-related matters in State and Federal courts. Mr. Woods chairs McCormick Barstow’s Employment Law/Labor Practice Group.


Mr. Woods counsels and represents employers in harassment/discrimination claims under California and Federal law, including Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and California law, including the Fair Employment & Housing Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and Labor Code.


Mr. Woods also represents clients in administrative proceedings involving disability claims and personnel matters before Civil Service Commissions, School Boards, Regulatory Boards and Commission on Professional Competence Hearings.


Mr. Woods is licensed to practice law in California and admitted to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Employment & Labor: 33%
  3. Civil Rights: 33%

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Contact Info

McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP

5 River Park Pl E
Fresno, CA, 93720-1560




Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top 100 AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersMember2003 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1985 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1973 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
California State University, FresnoN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1970