Recognized by her peers for professionalism and legal excellence, Terri Wood holds an AV-Preeminent* rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a 10-year Oregon “Super Lawyer" rating, and is listed as a “Top 100 Trial Attorneys" by the National Trial Lawyers, and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America." She is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow since 2015.
Terri Wood has 34+ years of trial practice, including capital cases and numerous sex crime cases. Her federal defense career includes complex, multi-defendant conspiracy cases involving mortgage fraud, tax evasion, government contract fraud, and drug trafficking.
Before graduating with her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida in 1981, Ms. Wood worked as a reporter for the New York Times Affiliated newspapers in Florida, where she covered the courts, government and police beats from 1975 to 1981, and won awards for investigative reporting. She was a member of the University of Florida Law Review, and graduated with honors. She worked for the Florida Office of the Public Defender in the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1982 to 1988. She started private practice in Eugene, Oregon, in 1988, and quickly gained recognition for obtaining the first "not guilty" verdict in a murder trial in that county in 20 years. She later defended a man on parole for a double homicide against child sexual abuse charges, and won "not guilt" verdicts on all counts.
From 1992 until 1998, Ms Wood focused much of her practice on death penalty litigation and learned the intricacies of the forensic sciences, along with police interrogation techniques and investigation procedures. Since then, she has defended many people charged with state and federal felonies throughout the state of Oregon.
Ms. Wood is admitted to practice in the Oregon State Bar, the U.S. District Court of Oregon, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Wood served as Vice President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and serves through June 2016 as a board member. She is a founding partner of the Oregon Innocence Project. She is president of the board of directors for Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc. She belongs to a number of other professional organizations. She has published and lectured on criminal defense topics at legal seminars around the state, and at the University of Oregon.
State of Oregon v. Groshong — Successful representation of a murder defendant who had confessed three times, including once on a hidden recorder to her ex-boyfriend. The trial resulted in a not guilty verdict, which at that time was the first such verdict in Lane County in over 20 years.
United States v. Wallace — This marijuana grow conspiracy case involved multiple search warrants based on information gained through government "trap and trace" phone call to hydroponic grow equipment companies in Portland, Oregon, of questionable legality. Extensive motion practice resulted in the government dismissing the federal indictment that charged minimum-mandatory prison terms, in exchange for the defendant's plea is state court for a sentence of probation with no jail.
State v. Obremski — Highly-publicized case of child sex abuse and sodomy charges against paroled double-murderer. Successful defense involved complex pretrial motion litigation and trail proceedings over the course of about six weeks, resulting in acquittal on all charges.
United States v. Simpson — Six year defense of target of Native American Artifact Trafficking (Operation Bring 'Em Back) culminating in the return of client's seized artifact collection and exoneration on artifact trafficking allegations, and dismissal of felony tax fraud charges.
State v. Nason — Lead counsel on Aggravated Murder-by-Abuse case. State sought the death penalty against the client who had confessed to police that he probably struck the fatal blow to the battered child victim. Eight-week trial resulted in not guilty verdict to capital murder, and guilty verdict for lesser offense of negligent homicide, which carried a five-year maximum prison sentence.