Choosing a lawyer when you are a lawyer can be very challenging. The first thing you probably want to look for is experience and mastery of the subject area. And, you want the benefit of that experience delivered to you in a professional way that is non-judgmental because the risks are so high when your professional career is being threatened and/or challenged.
Working with Ms. Wood might be a good fit for you because she is one of a few lawyers who concentrates her practice on helping law students, law graduates, and lawyers. She has extensive experience with the disciplinary process in Illinois, having served 7 years as Hearing Board Chair; and later 5 years as Litigation Counsel with the disciplinary agency in Illinois. As Litigation Counsel, she investigated, prosecuted, and personally counseled hundreds of Illinois attorneys with ethical inquiries. Ms. Wood is a good listener and compassionate counselor who will always give you a candid assessment of your matter.
You will also benefit from her extensive trial experience. She is a seasoned trial attorney who can provide you with strategic and competent representation at your Character & Fitness or ARDC Hearing. Ms. Wood began her career as an Assistant Public Defender representing indigent clients where she tried countless bench trials and jury trials. She was a litigation counsel at a public utility where she tried hundreds of case before administrative boards. Ms. Wood was a Partner at two boutique law firms in Chicago, where she defended corporate clients in commercial and employment cases.
Finally, you would want to work with Ms. Wood because she has demonstrated record of service to the legal profession. In addition to being a Hearing Board Chair with the ARDC, she has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at local law schools for more than twenty years. She is a Certified MCLE Provider and a frequent ethics CLE presenter at area bar associations. She writes a monthly ethics column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, WoodWiseEthics. She is a member of the Illinois Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct; a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability; a supporter, and volunteer for the Lawyer’s Assistance Program; Chair of the Law Practice Management Committee of the Cook County Bar Association; and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ms. Wood genuinely appreciates the opportunity to serve the Illinois legal community. If you would like to meet with Ms. Wood to see if working with her would be a good fit, please call (312) 396-4060 to schedule a consultation.