May 10, 2018 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that John Wood, previously co-chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations practice group, has been named chief legal officer and general counsel, effective June 4.

In his new role, Wood will oversee the U.S. Chamber’s legal operations, including ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and representing the organization in all corporate legal matters. Wood will also oversee the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, which represents businesses on a wide range of issues before the courts and federal regulatory agencies. 

“I am incredibly honored to be joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and contributing to its mission of creating jobs and advancing the interests of American businesses,” said Wood. “I am also deeply grateful to my partners and colleagues at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, where I spent nine very rewarding years working with outstanding lawyers and clients.”

At Hughes Hubbard, Wood also served as chair of the firm’s Defense Industry practice group. Wood’s practice focused on litigation, corporate compliance, internal investigations and advocacy before government agencies. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Wood served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security and deputy general counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“John is an outstanding lawyer who has played a significant part in the growth of our leading investigations practice,” said Ted Mayer, chair of Hughes Hubbard. “We wish John all the best and look forward to working with him in his new role.”