Location: Dallas, Texas
Robert Wood has been a Texas trial lawyer since 1993. During that time, he has represented small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies in business and employment litigation matters all over Texas and the United States. He has also advised and represented hundreds of individuals in business and employment litigation matters.
Wood is especially interested in litigation involving noncompete agreements and related tort claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Wood has represented many employers in enforcing noncompete agreements against former employees and ensuring that the employers’ common-law rights are protected.
Because of his extensive experience, Wood is able to give employers not only sound legal advice but also practical experience regarding the best way to handle a particular situation. Sometimes, the only way to deal with a particular situation is to commence or defend against litigation. Other times, a softer approach is called for. Wood is experienced with both approaches.
For several years, Wood has maintained a blog dealing with Texas noncompete agreements and related tort claims: TexasNonCompeteLaw.com.
Wood has also handled litigation encompassing virtually every type of employment claim: race discrimination, national origin discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unpaid Texas overtime, Sabine Pilot, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and defamation.
Wood has significant trial and appellate experience, having been involved in several jury trials and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Wood frequently advises employers on best practices in dealing with employee issues, including discipline and employee terminations. Wood drafts employment policies and agreements, including nondisclosure, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.
Wood assists employers in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating executive and physician employment agreements.
Before starting his own law firm, Wood was a partner in three prestigious Dallas law firms. First, Wood was a partner with Dallas’ Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis, a labor and employment boutique, which was Dallas’ oldest law firm at the time. Later, Wood was a partner in the regional firm of Hughes & Luce. Finally, Wood was a partner in the international mega firm of K&L Gates.
Wood has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001. He was named by Thomson Reuters service, and printed in Texas Monthly magazine, as a “Rising Star” from 2006-2009 and a “Super Lawyer” from 2011-2016. Wood was also named in the 2016 issue of “Best Lawyers in America”.
Areas of Practice
- Business Litigation
- Employment Law
Honors and Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White Inc., 2016-2017
- Texas Super Lawyer, 2011 – 2016 (a Thomson Reuters service)
- Best Lawyers in America, 2016
Past Employment Positions
- Dallas’ Hughes & Luce
- International mega-firm of K&L Gates