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Rebecca Woods

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5387
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Ms. Woods’ practice is two-fold, focusing on counseling and litigation. She counsels clients who have business disputes on how to avoid, or how to prepare for, litigation. She combines her knowledge of clients’ businesses and business goals with her expertise in litigation strategies and potential outcomes to provide clients the information they need to decide the best next steps. In addition to her litigation expertise, her substantive expertise includes insurance coverage, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, business torts, construction litigation and real estate matters, including those involving defaults and enforcement of guarantees.

Ms. Woods was selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" -- Insurance (1 of 5 in the country) in 2012.

Ms. Woods is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. 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’ practice is two-fold, focusing on counseling and litigation. She counsels clients who have business disputes on how to avoid, or how to prepare for, litigation. She combines her knowledge of clients’ businesses and business goals with her expertise in litigation strategies and potential outcomes to provide clients the information they need to decide the best next steps. In addition to her litigation expertise, her substantive expertise includes insurance coverage, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, business torts, construction litigation and real estate matters, including those involving defaults and enforcement of guarantees.

Ms. Woods was selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" -- Insurance (1 of 5 in the country) in 2012.

Ms. Woods is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. 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.

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 D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • ABA Section of Litigation (Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee for the Employment Subcommittee)
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (Chair, Diversity Subcommittee for the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee)
  • D.C. Rape Crisis Center (Chair, Board of Directors)
  • ITechLaw Association
     

Presentations

  • 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 100 financial services corporation in putative $100 million business tort and breach of contract matter in federal court.
  • Representation of disaster recovery company in mass tort claims arising from 9/11.
  • Representation of life insurer in breach of contract action in Georgia state court.
  • 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.
  • Representation of biofuels facility in Illinois state court involving construction and insurance claims.
  • 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 in obtaining a temporary restraining order against a former employee alleged to have breached a confidentiality and non-compete agreement. 
  • 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.