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D. Hardison Wood is a North Carolina crashworthiness attorney who focuses his practice on products liability, professional negligence, and other complex personal injury litigation. Mr. Wood also represents small businesses; offering counsel on contracts, vendor disputes, partnership issues and more.
Mr. Wood was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland with a double major in philosophy and the history of mathematics and science. Mr. Wood earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, New York. Upon returning to North Carolina, he founded the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood and is the firm’s sole shareholder.
Since passing the bar, Mr. Wood has spent a majority of his practice to representing injured victims of negligence. One of his very first cases out of law school was a 15-passenger van rollover involving fatalities and serious injuries. The case took years to bring to a successful conclusion against the van’s manufacturer, and it gave Mr. Wood deep insights into catastrophic injury litigation early on in his career.
Mr. Wood has been named to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms Best Lawyers list. This recognition is based upon feedback from clients and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews, mainly in areas of expertise, integrity, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility and referrals. The Law Office of D. Hardison Wood has also been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Law Firms in North Carolina list.
Mr. Wood is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. He was also a recipient of the Litigator Award for Wrongful Death, received a Rue Ratings Best Attorney award and was named on the list of Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Stars.
From 2010 to 2011 Mr. Wood served as a member of the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as well as the Chairman of that organization’s Products Liability section. He was appointed to this position again for the 2013-2014 term. He frequently is a guest speaker and lecturer at NCAJ sponsored CLE events and he remains active on the Membership Committee for the NCAJ.
The National Trial Lawyers organization has also honored Mr. Wood as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014. The National Trial Lawyers organization is composed of premier trial lawyers from across the US. These lawyers show superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
Currently, Mr. Wood lives in Wake County with his wife and their children.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2017|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2017|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2017|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Outstanding Service Award||North Carolina Advocates for Justice||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top Lawyers||Legal Network||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Litigator Award||Trial Lawyers Board of Regents||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Litgator Award||Trial Lawyers Board of Regents||2014|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Million Dollar Adovcates||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2011|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Outstanding Service Award||North Carolina Advocates for Justice||2010|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Owner||Law Office of D. Hardison Wood||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Wood and Company, LLP||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2006 - Present|
|Wake County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Chair, Product Liability Section||2013 - 2014|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Board of Governors||2013 - 2014|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Board of Governors||2010 - 2011|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Products Liability Section||Chair||2009 - 2010|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Products Liability Section||Membership Chair||2007 - 2009|
|ABA Section on Litigation||On Civic Duty||2016|
|Traffic Technology Today||Autonomous vehicles will force authorities to reassess yellow-light formulas||2015|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice Foundation & LexisNexis||Prima Facie Tort Manual - Products Liability Chapter||2014|
|Prima Facie Tort Manual. North Carolina Advocates for Justice Foundation & LexisNexis||Woodson Claims: Employer’s Intentional Tort Exception to Exclusive Remedy Provisions of the Worker’s Compensation Act||2014|
|Trial Briefs Magazine||Spotting Product Failures and Emerging Defects in Motor Vehicle Industry||2011|
|Trial Briefs Magazine||Motorcycle Accidents & Products Liability||2011|
|Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution||Co-author of: Measuring Value in Mediation||2006|
|Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|St John's College-Annapolis||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|CLE||Statute of Repose Update||2016|
|CLE||Daubert as Sword & Shield: Expert Testimony Post-McGrady||2014|
|Fall Convention||Button Cell Battery Litigation & Other Consumer Products||2013|
|CLE||Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish||2013|
|CLE||Recent Changes to Rule 702 of NC Rules of Evidence||2012|
|CLE||Expert Testimony: The Changing Landscape||2012|
|Summer COnvention||Overlooked Products Claims in Auto Torts, Medmal, and Worker’s Comp||2010|
|Paralegal Seminar||Electronic Defects in Motor Vehicle Litigation||2010|
|Fall Convention||Preemption & Motor Vehicle Defect Litigation||2009|
|Auto torts||Theories of Products Liability in Motorcycle Accidents||2009|
|So You Want to Handle Motor Vehicle Torts?||Duty to Screen Motor Vehicle Torts Cases for Products Claims||2008|
|Insurance Coverage Disputes||Ethical Issues in Insurance Coverage Litigation||2008|
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