John F. Wood is a partner in the litigation department who focuses on anti-corruption and internal investigations, corporate governance, securities litigation, homeland security, and appellate matters.
Mr. Wood has served in numerous high-level government positions, including U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Wood was the chief federal law enforcement official for the Western District of Missouri. He supervised a staff of 128 employees, including 68 attorneys and 60 non-attorney support personnel, and oversaw a broad range of federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. He personally 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 multi-million dollar corporate fine for accounting fraud. He has also supervised numerous other high-profile cases, including cases involving allegations of importation of tainted pet food ingredients from China, funding to benefit a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in Pakistan, money laundering by a former U.S. congressman, an international tax fraud ring, steroid trafficking, the hiring of illegal aliens by several companies, and violations of the False Claims Act by a large health care provider. While serving as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Wood argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals and tried cases before juries.
Mr. Wood previously served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the third largest department of the federal government with approximately 180,000 employees and an annual budget of over $40 billion. As Chief of Staff, he assisted and advised the Secretary of Homeland Security on a broad range of matters, including terrorism, intelligence, preparedness, border security, immigration, law enforcement, and management issues.
Mr. Wood previously held several high-level positions at the Department of Justice, including Deputy Associate Attorney General and Counselor to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft. In those positions, he advised the Attorney General, worked on the Department’s most important civil litigation, and helped oversee the Department’s Civil, Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, and Environment & Natural Resources Divisions.
Mr. Wood also worked at the White House as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Management & Budget, where he participated in the development of the federal government’s major legislative, regulatory, management, and appropriations initiatives. As Deputy General Counsel, he supervised attorneys and provided legal advice to senior White House officials.
Mr. Wood practiced commercial and appellate litigation from 1998 to 2001 at the Washington, D.C. office of a national law firm. He also clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Clarence Thomas and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge J. Michael Luttig. Prior to law school, he worked on the staff of U.S. Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri.
- U.S. Attorney, Western District of Missouri, 2007–2009
- Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2005–2006
- Counselor to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2003–2005
- Deputy General Counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office to the President, 2002–2003
- Deputy Associate Attorney General & Counsel to the Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001–2002
- Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, 1998–2001
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, 1997–1998
- Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996–1997
- Legislative Correspondent, Senator John C. Danforth, 1992–1993
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Missouri