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Jessie Scott Wood

Attorney at Bay City, MI

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Jessie Wood

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1992
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice area

The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison). The family division of circuit court handles all cases regarding divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal protection actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses and delinquency, juvenile guardianship, and child abuse and neglect. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the other trial courts or from administrative agencies. The friend of the court office is part of the family division of the circuit court and handles domestic relations cases where minor children are involved.


There are 57 circuit courts in Michigan. Circuit court judges are elected for six-year terms.


18th Judicial Circuit Court
1230 Washington Avenue
Suite 100
Bay City, MI, 48708


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Ronald kline | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for helping me through my divorce
Thank you Jesse Wood's . And staff. For helping me through my divorce and keeping 50/50 with my kids.
Response from Jessie Wood March 8, 2021
Thank you Ron, I know it was a "hard case," but, so glad your kids are with you also!
Posted by Heidi | August 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jessie handled my mother’s estate.
Jessie handled my mother’s estate. She was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. She guided us through this difficult time with kindness and yet when we needed a push to stay on track she got us there! We can’t thank her enough! Would recommend her to anyone!
Response from Jessie Wood August 22, 2020
Thank you Heidi for your kind words. It is always nice working with your family.
Posted by Jeremy | April 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Set My Mind at Ease
Jessie did a fantastic job representing me in my custody case. She is top-notch. My mind was at ease knowing she had things under control.
Response from Jessie Wood April 10, 2020
Thank you so much Jeremy, I hope you and your family are well.
Posted by Michelle | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly suggest Jessie
Jessie is a great listener and picks up on the details quickly which means I did not have to keep re-visiting/re-telling my story. She takes exceptional notes to stay on top of things and is extremely organized. Her support staff is amazing to work with and is just as organized as Jessie is. I never had to worry about communication. Phone calls and emails were quick to be returned. I was able to make my own decisions and never felt pushed, but she was open with what her thoughts and opinions were on each matter, which were very helpful when making those decisions. I was very satisfied with the way Jessie handled my case.
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Response from Jessie Wood February 13, 2020
Thank you Michelle for your kind review. Thank you also for mentioning our excellent support staff. We could not do it without them. I wish you and your family only the best!
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Representation
Jessie brought clarity and ease to what could have been a difficult process. Her experience, knowledge and guidance definitely made the transition of divorce easier to navigate. Would highly recommend her for legal representation.
Response from Jessie Wood February 7, 2020
Thank you so much. Divorce is NOT easy, and I am happy that our firm made the transition a little easier.
Posted by Rachael | October 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We were treated like family
Jessie walked us through the legal process every step of the way with flawless confidence. She listened to all of our concerns, questions, and desires for our case and she answered everything with professional knowledge and care. We recommend Wood Law Firm whenever anyone mentions needing advice or help with legal matters. Thank you again for all of your guidance, knowledge, and advocacy.
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Rachael, thank you for the kind review. I am so lucky to have clients like you. Wishing you the best.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Surpassed All Expectations
I wish it was possible to award more than five stars. My divorce was lengthy and contentious. I warned Jessie at the initial consultation that were I to proceed with the divorce, it may likely be one of her uglier cases. Circumstances were messy and far from "typical"; to the contrary, my fear at being able to navigate the divorce (and custody proceedings) safely and successfully had prevented me from taking legal action for a long time. When I met Jessie for the first time, at the initial consultation (which lasted nearly two hours), I knew I had found the attorney who would truly be my (and my child's) advocate. I connected with her immediately. She was obviously intelligent, savvy, driven. But, something else: she genuinely cared. I trusted her implicitly. We ended up spending a great deal of time together during the pendency of the divorce, both over the phone and in person. Nothing phased her - and she had to field more than a few crazy curve balls. She was fierce in the courtroom; tenacious, and obviously well-respected. She always valued my input and insight, but she also never hesitated to tell me when she thought my line of thinking was incorrect. And, she was always right. She was there as a source of support when I had to shoulder some tough blows. I have tremendous respect for her. The end result was one of the best I could have hoped for; it was hard fought, but I know that had I selected a different attorney/advocate, it could very well have been a different tale. You want her on your side. Hire her.
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Dear Anonymous, I recognize you from the content of this review. I thank you so much for your recommendation. You also made the representation easier by being so well prepared and organized. You are blessed to have a wonderful family. Thank you again.
Posted by Curtis | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer, I highly recommend her.
I hired Jessie for a divorce I was going through recently. From the start she was very upfront on what I could expect. I was very pleased with how well she handled the case and the final outcome. It was much better then I had expected. Jessie is very personable and easy to talk with. I'm very glad I chose her as my lawyer and highly recommend her to others.
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Curtis, I am glad you chose the Wood Law Firm. The other side did not make it easy for us, but you "stuck to your guns," and we were able to have a fair and balanced parenting schedule. I hope you and your kids are doing well. Thank you for the nice review.
Posted by Jennifer | August 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical and Efficient
Jessie provided pragmatic advice and outstanding service. She is very knowledgeable and thoroughly explained the divorce process and what I could expect. Her staff is friendly and she was very responsive to my questions. I would highly recommend her services.
Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Thank you Jennifer for mentioning our staff at the Wood Law Firm. Our staff is the backbone of our firm. If you should ever need legal services in the future, please call us. Thanks again.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Thorough
Jesse Scott Wood represented me in my divorce case, and was efficient, did what she said she would do, when she said she would do it, was honest and direct, with clear understanding of the law, and she was able to explain it in easy-to-understand terms. She has a good sense of humor, helping to make a difficult situation less difficult, and her office staff are amazing. Would highly recommend them.
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Thank you, your review is much appreciated. Sometimes, we have to laugh, otherwise we will cry. I hope everything has leveled out in your life.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2012
Absolutely the best
Jessie is a wonderful person and an amazing attorney. Professional and personable. This was my first time going to court for custody of my daughter and she made me feel very reassured. My ex is a very spiteful and angry person and she was positive the whole time and kept my spirits up even when I was upset or worried. She kept me up to date and informed. I would recommend her to anyone needing legal assistance.
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
I appreciate your review. Custody cases are sometimes my most difficult cases. I hope you are your daughter are doing well!
Posted by Meagan | February 13, 2012
Exceptional Attorney
Mrs. Wood deserves nothing less than my highest recommendation. She is professional, knowledgeable, and a wonderful person.
Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Thank you Meagan . . . right back at you!
Posted by Jodie | September 8, 2010
Couldn't have asked for better!!!
Ms. Wood was my attorney for a very "nasty" divorce and custody trial which lasted almost 3 yrs. and then had "aftermath" to deal with for a couple of years. It actually, unfortunately, became a very well known case in Bay City. Her never ending pleasant personality, extreme knowledge and high ethical character were her strengths and ended up becoming what kept me going. She was always up front with me about possible outcomes and kept me well informed. I have already sent many people to her and will continue to do so. I considered it a true honor to have had her by my side and would fear her if I ever found myself as her opposition. My highest recommendation goes out to her!!
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Response from Jessie Wood October 9, 2018
Thank you Jodie your recommendation. I will never forget your case. I was so glad you were my client, as you were so organized, balanced, and honest. I know your children have grown up to be great people. Take care.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge
  • Bay County, Michigan
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wood Law Firm, PLLC
  • 1992 - 2023


  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Bay County Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Greatest of the Great Lakes Bay Divorce Attorney
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Lifestyle Magazine
  • 2010
  • Charles H. King Award
  • DCL
  • 1992
  • Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • 1992
  • Best Oralist
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Moot Court Competition
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse Attorney Jessie Scott Wood for family law. She and I represented opposing parties in a divorce case in Bay County, and she was extremely professional, courteous, and firmly—but respectfully—advocated for the interests of her client. The parties came to an agreement which was advantageous to everyone due to Attorney Wood’s creativity and diligence. If you need an experienced divorce lawyer in Bay County, call her!"
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Wood is a local attorney I once worked with multiple times a week. Over the past several years our practices advanced in different areas of focus as well as location. I want any person reviewing Ms. Woods profile to know that her ability as a lawyer are truly second to none. Respectfully, Roger Trerice, Attorney at Law"
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I learned not only how to practice law from Jessie, but how to think as a lawyer should. She is among the hardest working people. Jessie is the lawyer you want on your side and dread seeing as an opponent. I've sent many close relatives to Jessie's office and I have even consulted her for my personal legal questions. You can't do better than Jessie Scott Wood."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Wood is one of the most knowledgeable and ethical attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. I enthusiastically endorse Jessie Scott Wood."
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Bay City Lawyer Jessie Scott Wood
Jessie Scott Wood
Bay City, MI
Licensed for 31 years