Kathleen M. Wood

Partner

 

Ms. Wood’s practice focuses on civil business litigation as well as commercial arbitration, including copyright, unfair competition, antitrust, multidistrict, class actions, licensing disputes, securities, government contracts and various business torts.  Ms. Wood also litigates employment cases in both state and federal courts.

 

Ms. Wood began her litigation career at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City from 1986 to 1990.  She then transferred to the Litigation department at its Los Angeles' office.  In 2001, Ms. Wood established Connon Wood LLP.

 

Highlights of Ms. Wood's notable professional endeavors include:

 

• Successful resolution of a multi-million dollar government contracts dispute between a prime and
subcontractor handling police training in Iraq and Afghanistan;

• Dismissal, with prejudice, of a representative action by independent contractors providing troop
training for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan;

• Bi-coastal representation and favorable multi-million dollar settlement of the claims of a prominent
hedge fund manager against his former partner;

• Representation of a government contractor in various disputes with subcontractors involving
services on various military bases;

• Successful settlement for a manufacturer of a large mass toxic tort litigation involving groundwater
contamination;

• Representation of a large retailer in a class action involving potential liability of approximately
$2.5 billion dollars;

• Summary judgment in a contract action for a call service provider against a prominent electronics
manufacturer;

• Successful resolution of a design patent infringement action in the automotive industry;

• Representation in an international tribunal involving foreign government expropriation of real estate
assets;

• Obtained a preliminary injunction and summary judgment for copyright infringement and
impoundment of distribution proceeds against a film distributor who violated an independent
film producer’s license;

• Set aside collusive judgments in the U.S. and Mexico between a bank and the executor of a large
estate on grounds of fraud, obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction, and seized
purloined assets from the estate held in the name of an alter ego dummy corporation,
and successfully enforced a prior judgment  against those assets;

• Worked with the US Government to defeat a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by a major
newspaper on grounds of privacy and national security.

 

Languages:  Russian and French.


Phone: +1.626.638.1765 (US)
+44.20.3328.9010 (UK)
kwood@connonwood.com
35 East Union Street, Suite C
Pasadena, California 91103

 




 

BAR ADMISSIONS

• New York, 1987; California, 1990

 

PRACTICES

• Complex Litigation

 

EDUCATION

• Columbia University, J.D., 1986

• Human Rights Internship, Conseil de l'Europe,
Strasbourg, France

• Certificate With High Honors, Parker School of
Foreign and International Affairs

• Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts

• Certificate for Honors Studies, Leningrad State
University, Leningrad, USSR

• University of Kansas, BA, 1982, Soviet & East
European Studies, Slavic Languages and
Literature, History

 

ACTIVITIES

• Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
Program

• Volunteer for bar organization programs representing
indigent individuals and immigrants

• Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

• Volunteer for local conservation group