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James Hoytt Wood

also known as Jim Wood

About me

I represent individuals, children, and families who have suffered a serious personal injury or who have lost a loved one due to negligence, recklessness, malice, or greed. I do not represent insurance companies, corporations, or government entities.


I believe in the jury system. Juries have an opportunity to make our society safer and better. Substantial jury verdicts not only compensate the victims of negligence, but they  make the guilty take responsibility for their actions.


I believe that representing my clients zealously is only part of my job.  I believe that caring for my clients and listening to them is equally important.  I often spend time with my clients outside the office.


I am a Board Certified Trial Lawyer.  I earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating Martindale-Hubbell gives. In 2011-16 the National Trial Lawyers Association named me one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico.  In 2014-16, I was named a Super Lawyer.


In 2014, I graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.  I rountinely incorporate psychodrama into my law practice.  


If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved due to another's negligence or wrongdoing, I would be honored to represent you.


In 2015, my son, Thomas, joined the law firm.  Thomas is fast becoming an outstanding trial lawyer.



Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
    20 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    20 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    20 years
  4. Slip and Fall: 10%
    20 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-45%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniela Labinoti

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim Wood is a great trial lawyer. I have personally tried cases with him and have observed his superior court room skills. He is a hard working lawyer with a great heart and always gives 100% to the case and the clients. What is unique about Jim Wood, is the fact that regardless of his years of experience and high skills, he has remained down to earth and cares for the clients. I respect and admire him for his devotion to the practice of law; his high ethics and professionalism. Jim Wood never stops in bettering his law practice and his trial skills. I find that inspiring! It is obvious that practicing law is his passion, his life and he has given it all. I have asked Jim Wood to work with me in cases and will do so in the future as he is an experienced lawyer and someone I know and trust will do a great job for the clients.


    Daniela Labinoti Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of James H. Wood PC

423 6th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Law Office of James H. Wood PC

1440 St. Francis Drive, Suite B
Santa Fe, NM, 87505



NMAuthorized to practice law200812/26/2013
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199208/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Member of New Mexico Board of Legal SpecializationNew Mexico Supreme Court2014
Board Certified - Civil Pretrial Practice AdvocateNational Board of Legal Specialization2014
Board Certified - Civil Trial LawyerNational Board of Trial Advocacy2014
Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New MexicoNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New MexicoNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New MexicoNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Law Review - Chief Articles EditorUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board Certified Trial LawyerLaw Office of James H Wood PC1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeRanch Club Member2012 - Present
New Mexico Trial Lawyers AssociationSustaining Member2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bates v. Randall County, 297 S.W.3d 828 (2009)Appellant Bates (Wood's client) won on appeal.
Glover v. IBP, Inc., 334 F.3d 471 (5th Cir. 2003)Appellant Glover (Wood's client) won on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Warrior (published by the Trial Lawyers College)Preparing Clients for Effective Depositions2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2014
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJuris Doctor (J.D.) with Honors1992