Craig Woods is a retired Partner, who brings unique expertise and experience to high-stakes litigation matters, both as an advocate and a mediator. While he has tried more than most Big Law litigation partners, he also understands that most clients ultimately prefer more cost-effective means of resolution. He thus works closely with each client to understand and implement specific goals, requirements and appetite for risk, and to craft a winning strategy for resolving each case.
During his over 35 years with the firm, Craig has tried, mediated or otherwise litigated an unusually wide variety of cases in Ohio and throughout the US. He has significant experience in cases involving business disputes, director and officer liability, professional liability, product liability, environmental issues, intellectual property, real estate, energy and complex personal injury litigation, including multidistrict litigation (MDL). He also has expertise in regulatory enforcement actions, legal ethics matters, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution options.
Craig is the former head of our litigation team in Columbus and holds or has held a number of leadership positions in various industry and firm practice groups. Craig also belongs to a number of national, state and local bar associations, as well as professional committees. In addition, he has served for more than 15 years as a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and as Ethics and Loss Prevention Counsel to the firm. Craig regularly writes and speaks on topics ranging from professionalism and legal ethics to mediation, trial advocacy and mass tort defense.
Craig is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 30 years, named in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and listed in the most recent editions of Ohio Super Lawyers and The Legal 500 US. In addition, he was named Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation by Best Lawyers in 2016.