Jeffrey F. Wood | Partner
Mr. Wood practices primarily in the area of toxic tort and product liability defense, medical malpractice defense, regulatory and administrative law in connection with state licensing board/regulatory proceedings for nurses and physicians, commercial litigation and premises liability. Mr. Wood both leads and actively participates in all aspects of representative client services for individuals and entities, including forming and implementing litigation strategy and tactical procedures, legal research, motion practice, hearing advocacy, settlement negotiations and mediation, trial preparation and attendance and appellate matters. Mr. Wood serves as national trial counsel on behalf of a chemical handling, recycling and re-refining company in several products liability and toxic tort cases filed across the country in both state and federal courts.
Additionally, Mr. Wood counsels health care institutions and providers in situations involving federal privacy regulations, corporate document retention, human resources, pharmaceutical and equipment contracts, advanced directives, hospital security, plant operations, patient/employee/visitor safety, and new clinical technologies. Mr. Wood also represents health care providers in state board licensing body proceedings and health care facilities in connection with state regulatory matters.
Mr. Wood joined Jones Mc Goldrick in February 2001, having first practiced insurance defense litigation, including defense of personal injury suits and direct suits against insurance companies under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Texas Insurance Code.
- Prevailed in a medical malpractice jury trial on behalf of a hospital in alleged wrongful death case involving alleged improper replacement of dislodged feeding tube in a 24-year-old mentally retarded patient who later died from peritonitis. Plaintiffs' counsel sought jury award of $30 million, including punitive damages. Defense verdict was unanimous.
- Defended hospital in jury trial to a plaintiff's verdict below pretrial high-low settlement agreement, which followed the post-operative death of a knee replacement patient allegedly resulting from hospital's failure to follow written order of physician for pulse oximetry monitoring. Pretrial settlement demand was several times the size of the actual verdict, and one individual healthcare provider defendant was found not to have committed negligence.
- Prevailed on behalf of hospital in a jury trial, premises liability case involving injury to a visitor at the facility.
- Prevailed on behalf of a Defendant involved in a motorist accident in East Texas.
- Defended trucking company and driver in personal injury jury trial in East Texas to a plaintiff's verdict of less than one-fourth of the amount of damages requested at trial and less than one-half of Plaintiff's pretrial demand.
- Defended motorist in property damage case occurring at the State Fair of Texas in jury trial to a plaintiffs' verdict of less than one-half of the pretrial demand.
- Prevailed on behalf of North Texas business owner in jury trial of premises liability case wherein Plaintiff alleged on-site injury resulted in total disability.
- Handled successful appeals as lead appellate counsel in multiple medical malpractice and premises liability cases.
- Defended several motorists and premises owners in small claims and justice court jury trials.
- Satisfactorily obtained resolution by settlement of more than 75 cases.
- Satisfactorily represented physicians and registered nurses in Texas board proceedings.
- Texas Defense Verdict in Feeding Tube Mishap (co-author) Risk Watch, Vol. 64 (January 2006)
- Presented: Risk Management Applicability of Proactive and Preemptive Approach to Claims and Lawsuits, Association of Corporate Counsel (January 2008)
- House v. Jones, 275 S.W.3d 926 (Tex. App.- Dallas, 2009, pet filed.).
- Brewster v. Columbia Medical Center of McKinney Subsidiary, L.P. 269 S.W.3d 314 (Tex. App.- Dallas, 2008, no pet.).
- Shell Oil Co. v. Baran, 258 S.W.3d 719 (Tex. App.- Beaumont, 2008, pet. abated).
- Union Carbide v. Loftin, 256 S.W.3d 869 (Tex. App.- Beaumont, 2008, pet. abated).
- Stewart v. Columbia Medical Center of McKinney Subsidiary, L.P., 214 S.W.3d 659 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2007, pet. denied).
- Jackson v. CHCA Conroe, L.P., No. 09-05-441-CV, 2006 WL 3627027 (Tex. App. - Beaumont Dec. 14, 2006, pet withdrawn).
- Jain v. Stafford, 214 S.W.3d 94 (Tex. App. - Fort Worth 2006, pet withdrawn).
- In re CHCA Conroe, L.P., No. 09-04-453-CV, 2004 WL 2671863 (Tex. App. - Beaumont Nov. 23, 2004, no pet.)
- Union Carbide Corp. v. Loftin, 256 S.W.3d 869 (Tex.App. - Beaumont 2008)
- Shell Oil Co. v. Baran, 258 S.W.3d 719 (Tex.App. - Beaumont 2008)
Awards and Distinctions
- Recognized, Texas Monthly Rising Star 2009
- Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Practice II
- Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law
- Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Legal Practice II
- Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Oil & Gas
Professional / Civic Affiliations
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers