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Carol Wood, the head of the firm's Mass Tort and Toxic Tort and Environmental practices, focuses her practice on U.S. environmental and toxic tort litigation, as well as environmental claims arising under international treaties and commercial contracts.

Carol Wood advises clients on the application and interpretation of U.S. and international environmental statutes and regulations. She has extensive experience in defending energy companies in environmental disputes, in both domestic and international forums, including the oil and gas, and mining industries. She has developed an expertise in the science underlying most environmental disputes, including human health and ecological risk assessments; fate and transport analysis; and remediation standards and methods. Carol has experience with petroleum constituents, metals, radioactive materials, chlorinated solvents, PCBs and other contaminants. She specializes in taking complex technical concepts and presenting them to fact finders in simple, understandable terms.

She joined the firm in 1989, after spending seven years as a Senior Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where she advised on environmental legislation and regulation.

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Credentials

A.B.J., University of Georgia, cum laude

J.D., Georgetown University, cum laude

Georgia

Texas

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Environmental Law Section Chair, State Bar of Georgia

Recognized in Environmental Law


Legal 500, 2015

Matters

Secured a defense verdict for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in Louisiana state court involving property damage claims based on historic oilfield exploration and production operations; secured a defense ruling in the subsequent Louisiana state administrative hearing, which was the first to be held under Louisiana’s Act 312 oilfield remediation statute.

Secured a defense judgment for Gulf States Paper Corporation defeating CERCLA and state law tort claims in a Missouri federal district court bench trial, including an award against the corporate plaintiff of over $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

Defeated class certification in Louisiana state court brought by thousands of individuals against numerous oil companies asserting personal injury and property damage, alleging radiation exposure from oilfield pipe cleaning.

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Secured a defense verdict for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in Louisiana state court involving property damage claims based on historic oilfield exploration and production operations; secured a defense ruling in the subsequent Louisiana state administrative hearing, which was the first to be held under Louisiana’s Act 312 oilfield remediation statute.

Secured a defense judgment for Gulf States Paper Corporation defeating CERCLA and state law tort claims in a Missouri federal district court bench trial, including an award against the corporate plaintiff of over $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

Defeated class certification in Louisiana state court brought by thousands of individuals against numerous oil companies asserting personal injury and property damage, alleging radiation exposure from oilfield pipe cleaning.

Secured summary judgment for Chevron and Texaco in natural resource damage litigation in federal court in New Mexico where the state Attorney General sought over $5 billion in damages. New Mexico v. General Electric Company, 335 F.Supp.2d 1185 (D. N.M. April 6, 2004) and New Mexico v. General Electric Company, F.Supp.2d 1237 (D. N.M. June 19, 2004).

Secured a successful arbitration award for an energy company concerning interpretation of a contractual indemnity involving the sale of a nuclear fuels fabricating facility in Missouri.

Represented The Coca-Cola Company in successful defense of a private CERCLA cost recovery claim that it was an “arranger” under CERCLA. South Florida Water Management District v. Montalvo 84 F.3d 402 (C.A. 11 Fla. 1996).

Represented CERCLA PRPs in cost recovery actions for PCB, metals, solvents and other contamination at sites in Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, Indiana and other states.

  • Advised clients on: Clean Water Act compliance; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 wetlands permits; remediation of contaminated sites under CERCLA and various state remediation programs; spill and release reporting under CERCLA and EPCRA; RCRA hazardous waste compliance; and environmental issues arising under corporate and real estate transactions.

Matters

Secured a defense verdict for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in Louisiana state court involving property damage claims based on historic oilfield exploration and production operations; secured a defense ruling in the subsequent Louisiana state administrative hearing, which was the first to be held under Louisiana’s Act 312 oilfield remediation statute.

Secured a defense judgment for Gulf States Paper Corporation defeating CERCLA and state law tort claims in a Missouri federal district court bench trial, including an award against the corporate plaintiff of over $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

Defeated class certification in Louisiana state court brought by thousands of individuals against numerous oil companies asserting personal injury and property damage, alleging radiation exposure from oilfield pipe cleaning.

See more
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Matters

Secured a defense verdict for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in Louisiana state court involving property damage claims based on historic oilfield exploration and production operations; secured a defense ruling in the subsequent Louisiana state administrative hearing, which was the first to be held under Louisiana’s Act 312 oilfield remediation statute.

Secured a defense judgment for Gulf States Paper Corporation defeating CERCLA and state law tort claims in a Missouri federal district court bench trial, including an award against the corporate plaintiff of over $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

Defeated class certification in Louisiana state court brought by thousands of individuals against numerous oil companies asserting personal injury and property damage, alleging radiation exposure from oilfield pipe cleaning.

Secured summary judgment for Chevron and Texaco in natural resource damage litigation in federal court in New Mexico where the state Attorney General sought over $5 billion in damages. New Mexico v. General Electric Company, 335 F.Supp.2d 1185 (D. N.M. April 6, 2004) and New Mexico v. General Electric Company, F.Supp.2d 1237 (D. N.M. June 19, 2004).

Secured a successful arbitration award for an energy company concerning interpretation of a contractual indemnity involving the sale of a nuclear fuels fabricating facility in Missouri.

Represented The Coca-Cola Company in successful defense of a private CERCLA cost recovery claim that it was an “arranger” under CERCLA. South Florida Water Management District v. Montalvo 84 F.3d 402 (C.A. 11 Fla. 1996).

Represented CERCLA PRPs in cost recovery actions for PCB, metals, solvents and other contamination at sites in Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, Indiana and other states.

  • Advised clients on: Clean Water Act compliance; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 wetlands permits; remediation of contaminated sites under CERCLA and various state remediation programs; spill and release reporting under CERCLA and EPCRA; RCRA hazardous waste compliance; and environmental issues arising under corporate and real estate transactions.

Credentials

A.B.J., University of Georgia, cum laude

J.D., Georgetown University, cum laude

Georgia

Texas

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Environmental Law Section Chair, State Bar of Georgia

Recognized in Environmental Law


Legal 500, 2015