During his 30 years with Squire Patton Boggs, Craig Woods has tried, litigated, arbitrated, mediated or otherwise resolved an unusually wide variety of disputes and other client matters in Ohio and throughout the United States. He has significant experience in general commercial, director and officer liability, professional liability, product liability, environmental, intellectual property, real estate, oil and gas, and personal injury cases. He is also highly experienced in regulatory enforcement actions, legal ethics inquiries and alternative dispute resolution matters.

Craig currently serves as a practice leader for the Squire Patton Boggs Toxic & Mass Tort Practice, a member of the firm’s shale oil group, and the account manager for our membership in the DuPont Primary Law Firm Network. He and his client service teammates have been recognized by DuPont for exemplary service in several litigation matters. Craig also belongs to a number of national, state and local bar associations, industry groups and committees, and he is a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He also serves as Ethics Partner and Loss Prevention Counsel to Squire Patton Boggs. Craig regularly writes and speaks on topics ranging from professionalism and legal ethics to mass tort defense.

Craig is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for many 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 Best Lawyers 2016 Columbus Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation.

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  • Leading the team that handled all litigation matters, including right-of-way acquisition and construction-related disputes, on a successful NGL pipeline project that crossed Ohio.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel in a toxic tort MDL pending in the Southern District of Ohio and arising from alleged drinking water contamination.
  • Winning a complete defense verdict for a major automotive component manufacturer in a wrongful death/product liability action tried to a jury in South Carolina, and successfully resolving numerous other automotive product liability cases throughout the United States.
  • Obtaining the dismissal of a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a fire-resistant fabric used in automobile racing suits.
  • Obtaining a declaratory and specific performance judgment confirming a prominent biological science company’s ownership of and rights to an important genetic patent, then successfully defending the judgment before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Winning a US$10.4 million eminent domain award for a private water utility.
  • Successfully defending a large Ohio-based law firm in a multimillion-dollar malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty action.
  • Trying a breach of fiduciary duty case against the directors and officers of a failed savings and loan company and recovering US$21.5 million.
  • Defeating a patent infringement action brought against a biotech company.
  • Successfully prosecuting/defending CERCLA/VAP private cost recovery actions and successfully defeating a Clean Water Act case against a large US city. 


  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1981
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978


  • Ohio, 1981


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado, 2007


  • English
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state

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