Episode 139: Lin Wood – One Of The Greatest Trial Lawyers In The World

Lin Wood has more than 38 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on civil litigation, representing individuals and corporations as plaintiffs or defendants in tort and business cases involving claims of significant damage, including False Claims Act cases. Mr. Wood also has extensive experience in First Amendment/defamation litigation and management of the media in high profile cases.

On behalf of his clients, Mr. Wood has made numerous national television and radio appearances, including appearances on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’ 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, MSNBC’s The Abrams Report, Imus in the Morning and Hardball, Court TV, and the CBS, NBC and ABC evening news programs. Mr. Wood was profiled in the cover article of the January 1998, issue of Atlanta magazine, on the July 12, 2000, broadcast of NBC’s The Today Show and in the cover article of the November 27, 2000, issue of Editor & Publisher magazine. Additionally, Mr. Wood was recognized as a Notable Georgian in the January 2002, issue of Georgia Trend magazine. Most recently, Mr. Wood was profiled in the cover article of the September 2015, issue of Attorney at Law.

Episode 139: Lin Wood – One Of The Greatest Trial Lawyers In The World


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“If You Follow A Script, Rather Than A Checklist, You Will Miss Answers.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having a vision/goal that is clearly defined combined with a willingness to take on risk will lead to sustained excellence
  • Lin’s combination of confidence and work ethic has led to his immense success
  • How representing Richard Jewell (the original person suspected of the Centennial Park bombing at the Atlanta Olympics) changed his life
  • What it was like defending Jon and Patsy Ramsey
  • His clients call him in times of need because he becomes their friend
  • Lin’s sole focus is on developing a relationship and helping his clients
  • The Devita case = $495 million settlement
  • It’s good to experience “jumping off a cliff without a parachute” = starting his own firm
  • The importance of getting a ton of “reps” in the court room as a young lawyer
  • Going in to each and every conversation with a curious mind
  • Why you have to be willing to take on cases that you will lose – No great trial lawyer is undefeated.  This is a great metaphor for life and risk taking opportunities

“Being A Trial Lawyer Is An Art… Not A Science.” – Lin Wood

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell


Information from LinWoodLaw.com


Lin Wood has been the lead attorney in many national, high profile cases, including serving as:

  • Lead civil attorney for the late Richard Jewell in matters arising out of reporting about Mr. Jewell in connection with the 1996 bombing of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta
  • Lead civil attorney for Jeff Greene in libel litigation against The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald related to Mr. Greene’s 2010 campaign for the Democratic Nomination for the U.S. Senate from Florida
  • Lead civil attorney for Sheldon Adelson in New York libel litigation against the National Jewish Democratic Council
  • Attorney for Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain in defense of false accusation
  • Attorney for Dr. Phil McGraw in connection with false and defamatory articles published by Newsweek, the Daily Beast and the National Enquirer
  • Lead civil attorney in Whistleblower cases alleging Medicare fraud against DaVita, Inc. in federal court in Atlanta and against Halifax Hospital Medical Center in federal court in Florida
  • Lead civil attorney for Howard K. Stern in the prosecution and defense of defamation claims arising out of the death of Anna Nicole Smith
  • Lead trial counsel for The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. in connection with claims related to corporate governance
  • Lead attorney for John and the late Patsy Ramsey and their son in matters relating to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado
  • Attorney for Beth Holloway in matters relating to the media coverage ofthe May 2005 disappearance of her daughter, Natalee Holloway, in Aruba and in a pending civil action against the National Enquirer in federal court in Alabama
  • Attorney for Sharon Rocha in matters relating to the media coverage of the December 2002 murder of her daughter, Laci Peterson
  • Attorney for former U.S. Congressman Gary Condit in defamation matters relating to the May 2001 abduction and murder of Chandra Levy in Washington
  • Co-counsel for the victim in the civil actions in Colorado against Kobe Bryant
  • Lead counsel for AirTran Airlines, Inc. in defamation litigation against the Cleveland, Ohio newspaper, The Plain Dealer
  • Lead counsel for Esquire Deposition Services LLC in multi-state class actions dealing with billing practices
  • Lead trial counsel for the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith in federal action for misappropriation and theft of estate property
  • Lead trial attorney for Sun Trust Bank in litigation arising out of claims by trust beneficiaries related to an inheritance of Coca-Cola stock

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