People: Rebecca Woods, Partner

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Rebecca Woods

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5387
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Ms. Woods has a broad and winning first-chair complex civil litigation practice handling matters up to $100 million for Fortune 100 companies.  She litigates and counsels clients on myriad complex contractual issues rooted in real estate, joint venture, insurance, construction, trade secrets and intellectual property infringement, employment and various business torts.  Her practice encompasses a broad range of industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, energy, and government contractors.  Her practice is national in scope and she has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts. She brings to bear her experience, people skills, and common sense to provide superior strategy development and alignment with her client’s business goals; team building and management; and execution of litigation basics (discovery, expert and fact depositions, and brief writing).  She is a talented trial lawyer and skilled at all levels of oral advocacy, including appellate. She understands the importance of and is skilled in well-timed and persuasive settlement negotiations.

Ms. Woods also provides counseling and advice on privacy and data security issues, trade secret protection, cyber security risks, and cyber-insurance coverage.  Ms. Woods is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).  Ms. Woods was selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" -- Insurance (1 of 5 in the country) in 2012.

Ms. Woods brings to bear a commitment to continuous process improvement, as evidenced by her Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean® approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm."

Ms. Woods clerked for The Honorable Michael R. Murphy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ms. Woods is active in her community, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, which is  dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. 
Ms. Woods has a broad and winning first-chair complex civil litigation practice handling matters up to $100 million for Fortune 100 companies.  She litigates and counsels clients on myriad complex contractual issues rooted in real estate, joint venture, insurance, construction, trade secrets and intellectual property infringement, employment and various business torts.  Her practice encompasses a broad range of industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, energy, and government contractors.  Her practice is national in scope and she has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts. She brings to bear her experience, people skills, and common sense to provide superior strategy development and alignment with her client’s business goals; team building and management; and execution of litigation basics (discovery, expert and fact depositions, and brief writing).  She is a talented trial lawyer and skilled at all levels of oral advocacy, including appellate. She understands the importance of and is skilled in well-timed and persuasive settlement negotiations.

Ms. Woods also provides counseling and advice on privacy and data security issues, trade secret protection, cyber security risks, and cyber-insurance coverage.  Ms. Woods is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).  Ms. Woods was selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" -- Insurance (1 of 5 in the country) in 2012.

Ms. Woods brings to bear a commitment to continuous process improvement, as evidenced by her Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean® approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm."

Ms. Woods clerked for The Honorable Michael R. Murphy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ms. Woods is active in her community, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, which is  dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. 

Education

  • J.D., Ohio State University College of Law (1998)
    with honors
    Order of the Coif; Editor in Chief, Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.A., Ohio State University (1994)
    summa cum laude, with distinction
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • ABA Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee for the Employment Subcommittee)
  • D.C. Rape Crisis Center (Chair, Board of Directors)
  • ITechLaw Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
     

Presentations

  • “Privacy Issues Regarding Big Data, What You Need to Know,” Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 2013
  • Cyber Insurance: What You Need to Know in 2012 (August 2012), Knowledge Congress Webinar
  • Coverage for Social Media Claims (March 2013), ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee 25th Annual CLE Seminar in Tucson, Arizona
     

Accolades

  • Law360 “Rising Star Under 40” — Insurance (1 of 5 in the country), 2012

Representative Engagements

  • Defense of Fortune 50 manufacturer in design and construction defect suit in Georgia and Delaware.  Architect of appellate strategy from Court of Chancery ruling.  
  • Defense of Fortune 100 financial services corporation in putative $100 million business tort and breach of contract matter in federal court.  Ms. Woods obtained complete victory in summary judgment.
  • Representation of government contractor in lease dispute in federal district court. 
  • Representation of disaster recovery company in mass tort claims arising from 9/11; architect of strategy to maximize insurance coverage.
  • Representation of contractor in lien dispute in Virginia.  Ms. Woods won dismissal of the matter. 
  • Representation of life insurer in breach of contract action in Georgia state court. Matter successfully settled.
  • Advice and counseling of numerous individuals and companies regarding noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality matters
  • Representation of defense contractor in Virginia state court in multi-million dollar negligence claims relating to a damaged facility.  Matter successfully resolved in settlement after extensive document and expert discovery.
  • Representation of biofuels facility in Illinois state court involving design and construction defect and insurance claims. Ms. Woods brought claims against myriad engineers, contractors, and insurers, and obtained an 8-figure settlement on behalf of her client.
  • Representation of national retailer in D.C. Superior Court regarding breach of lease.
  • Representation of a landlord in breach of guarantee litigation in D.C. Superior Court.  As lead counsel, Ms. Woods secured a partial summary judgment verdict on the merits, and obtained a damages award of approximately $4.5 million after a three day trial. 
  • Representation of insurer in breach of contract and bad faith suit brought in Maryland state court.  As lead counsel, Ms. Woods obtained a summary judgment victory.  Ms. Woods obtained affirmance of that victory on appeal.
  • Representation of medical device innovator in breach of contract and fraud matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  As lead counsel for defendant, Ms. Woods won partial summary judgment and defeated plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, transforming the lawsuit from a multi-million dollar case against the firm’s client into a case in which plaintiff risked being held liable (via counterclaims) for millions of dollars.  The case settled favorably.
  • Representation of lobbying business in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Obtained temporary restraining order against a former employee alleged to have breached a confidentiality and non-compete agreement.  Matter successfully settled. 
  • Representation of insurer in breach of contract and bad faith litigation in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  As lead briefing counsel, Ms. Woods defeated summary judgment against insurer and case settled favorably.
  • Representation of insurer in breach of contract and bad faith litigation in the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida.  As lead briefing counsel, Ms. Woods defeated plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment; won motions to compel, and motion for new trial. 
  • Representation of insurer in breach of contract and bad faith litigation in the U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida.  Won motion for summary judgment and attorneys’ fees. 
  • Representation of business owner in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and obtained temporary restraining order against leasing agent who is alleged to have converted trust monies.