John Walker Wood

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John Walker Wood started his legal career at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., having been hired through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program.  As a new attorney, he defended the federal government against accusations that it used various forms of intellectual property, including scientific patents, without authorization. 


Since entering private practice, Mr. Wood has handled a range of high-end civil litigation, including ERISA, disability, and insurance-related disputes. He enjoys an "AV" Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (5.0 out of 5.0), the highest rating an attorney can receive (click here for more information)  He was named one of Seattle's "Top Lawyers" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine.  


Mr. Wood has a passion for helping people who are unfairly denied employee benefits (including disability, health care, and life insurance benefits as well as pension and retirement benefits) under the federal ERISA statute.  His clients have come from varied occupations in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, law, engineering, business, management consulting, sales, law enforcement, technology, entertainment, pharmacy, human resources, and many other fields.  He has assisted with claims against Unum Life, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Paul Revere, Aetna, AIG, Assurant, Hartford, Reliance Standard, CIGNA, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Shenandoah Life, The Standard Insurance Company, Kansas City Life, Jefferson Pilot, Lincoln Financial, Provident, United of Omaha, Life Insurance Company of North America, Prudential, Sun Life, and others.


A graduate of Tulane Law School, Mr. Wood has given speeches to attorneys on ERISA, disability insurance, legal procedure, case management, legal ethics, computer technology, and subrogation.  He has served in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) as Chair of the ERISA, Health, and Disability Insurance Litigation Group and as Chair of of the Insurance Law Section.  He is also an EAGLE member of the Washington State Association for Justice.


Before moving to Seattle in 2007, he practiced with a leading Tennessee law firm and served as an officer and executive committee member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.  He was named a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Employee Benefits by Law & Politics magazine. 


In 2007, Mr. Wood founded the Wood Law Firm in Seattle.  He focuses on ERISA benefits matters, insurance-related disputes, and civil litigation.  In addition to his active legal practice, he maintains his blog that helps to educate attorneys and the public about the intricacies of the complex ERISA law.  In addition to his law degree, he holds a master's degree from Georgetown University.