John Wood helps clients with their most sensitive matters involving the government. He has high-level experience in all three branches of the federal government, including as U.S. Attorney, senior investigative counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court law clerk. Mr. Wood's practice focuses on corporate compliance, internal investigations, advocacy before government agencies and litigation. Mr. Wood is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group.
Mr. Wood has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), international trade controls, securities and accounting matters, and government contracts.
Mr. Wood's practice spans the full spectrum of compliance and dispute resolution, including helping corporations develop effective compliance programs, investigating allegations and evidence of misconduct, advocating before government agencies, litigating in court and post-resolution compliance monitoring. He has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations and represented clients before regulatory and law enforcement agencies. He has also assisted many companies in developing or enhancing their compliance programs and has worked on independent monitorships in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the United Nations (UN). He has tried cases before juries, argued in U.S. courts of appeals and represented clients in international arbitration proceedings.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Wood served as senior investigative counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. He conducted depositions and interviews of key witnesses, briefed and advised members of the committee, coordinated preparation of committee hearings and interviewed witnesses during a nationally televised hearing.
Previously, Mr. Wood worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he served as senior vice president, general counsel and chief legal officer for the nation's leading business association. In this role, he led the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, which files approximately 200 amicus briefs annually and litigates high-profile challenges to federal, state and local regulations on behalf of the business community.
In addition, Mr. Wood's work on behalf of clients is informed by his experience from a distinguished career in all three branches of the federal government. Mr. Wood served in numerous high-level executive branch positions, including U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), deputy associate attorney general, counselor to the U.S. Attorney General and deputy general counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In these positions, he worked with nearly every federal government agency. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Wood was the chief federal law enforcement official for the Western District of Missouri, supervised a staff of 128 employees, oversaw a broad range of federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation, and represented the United States at trial and before the U.S. Court of Appeals. He led the largest corporate fraud and securities investigation in the history of the district, resulting in guilty pleas by the former CEO and CFO of a publicly traded company and a multimillion-dollar corporate fine.
Early in his legal career, Mr. Wood worked as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as for the Honorable J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also served as an aide to U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Wood is a frequent commentator regarding legal issues on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business.
- Representation of a government contractor in numerous False Claims Act (FCA) internal investigations and before multiple federal agencies
- Representation of numerous individual executives and directors in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations
- Conducted an internal investigation of alleged accounting improprieties on behalf of an energy sector company
- Conducted an internal investigation regarding revenue recognition issues for a pharmaceutical company
- Conducted a comprehensive compliance review for a leading government contractor
- Counseled the boards of trustees of leading nonprofit organizations on governance issues
- Reviewed and monitored anti-corruption compliance, internal controls and financial reporting policies and procedures on behalf of an independent monitor appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), SEC and the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
- Served as an independent professional ethics and internal compliance expert for a company seeking reinstatement as a United Nations (UN) registered vendor
- Representation of a medical center in a government investigation regarding criminal activity by a former contract employee
- Conducted an investigation on behalf of a media company regarding the alleged use of fraudulent vendors
- Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in a worldwide review of its use of distributors
- Investigation of alleged bribery by a manufacturing and distribution company in China
- Assisted an international financial services company in annual reviews of its anti-corruption compliance program
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation regarding sanctions compliance
- Representation of a client in parallel criminal and civil export controls investigations by the DOJ and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
- Representation of an international oil field services company in a worldwide review for compliance with anti-corruption laws
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in its response to a grand jury subpoena related to overseas activity
- Counseling of a nonprofit charitable organization related to anti-corruption laws and overseas activities
- Representation of a U.S. defense contractor in international arbitration proceeding against the government of Venezuela
- Representation of a European-based company in multiple antidumping cases brought by the U.S. Department of Commerce
- Representation of the government of Canada in an international arbitration proceeding against the United States under the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA)
- Representation of the trustee for the liquidation of a broker-dealer in a multibillion-dollar dispute with a major financial institution
- Representation of U.S.-based companies in response to inquiries from Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in an antitrust and contract-based challenge to a proposed merger between competitors
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in litigation against the U.S. government related to the cost of environmental cleanup of a World War II-era industrial site
- Pro bono representation of a religious organization related to the constitutionality of a local zoning ordinance
- Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- University of Virginia, B.A., Government and Foreign Affairs, with honors
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Missouri
- Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, District of Columbia Courts, Multiple Years