John F. Wood represents clients in their most sensitive matters involving the government. His practice focuses on corporate compliance, internal investigations, advocacy before government agencies, and litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), international trade controls, securities and accounting matters, and government contracts. He is also chairman of the firm’s Defense Industry practice group.
John’s practice spans the full spectrum of compliance and dispute resolution, including helping corporations develop effective compliance programs, investigating allegations and evidence of misconduct, advocating before government agencies, litigating in court, and post-resolution compliance monitoring. He has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations and represented clients before regulatory and law enforcement agencies. He has also assisted many companies in developing or enhancing their compliance programs and has worked on independent monitorships in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), and the United Nations. He has tried cases before juries, argued in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and represented clients in international arbitration proceedings.
John's work on behalf of clients is informed by his experience from a distinguished career in all three branches of the federal government. John served in numerous high-level executive branch positions, including U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Deputy Associate Attorney General, Counselor to the U.S. Attorney General, and Deputy General Counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget. In these positions, he worked with nearly every federal government agency. As U.S. Attorney, John was the chief federal law enforcement official for the Western District of Missouri, supervised a staff of 128 employees, oversaw a broad range of federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation, and represented the United States at trial and before the U.S. Court of Appeals. He led the largest corporate fraud and securities investigation in the history of the district, resulting in guilty pleas by the former CEO and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company and a multimillion-dollar corporate fine. He 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, international identity theft and tax fraud, steroid trafficking, the hiring of illegal aliens by several companies, and violations of the False Claims Act by a large health care provider.
John also worked in the judicial branch as a law clerk 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. He worked in the legislative branch as an aide to U.S. Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri.