Tab Wood

Partner

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.4259 Direct

Assistant: Angie D. Stennick: 503.243.1661 x 240

Practice Areas
Overview

Tab is a member of our litigation department and represents individuals and businesses across diverse industries in a variety of civil litigation cases.  Tab enjoys navigating complex legal disputes and working with his clients to identify creative and effective strategies to reach the best resolution for each particular case.  Sometimes a client's case can be won short of trial through motion practice.  Other times, a case is best resolved through mediation or informal dispute resolution and negotiation.  Tab has significant experience resolving problems through both of these strategies.  

Additionally, Tab is a seasoned litigator with substantial trial and courtroom experience, and experience crafting effective, practical trial strategies. If the best resolution for a client's case is a trial, Tab has the experience and insight that allow him to put the client's best foot forward in a courtroom.  

Tab has been selected by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyers "Rising Star," an honor that is reserved for only 2.5% of Oregon lawyers.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the inaugural 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list.
Education
B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish, from Sewanee: The University of the South 
J.D.  University of Oregon School of Law and Associate Editor of the Oregon Law Review 
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Washington State Bar
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Idaho State Bar 
United States District Court of Idaho 
Representative Matters
Product Liability Litigation
  • Defended a personal injury claim for damages allegedly suffered as a result of a software malfunction on a piece of heavy machinery.  Won full indemnity on summary judgment against the third-party software designer and manufacturer, based on product liability and contract theories.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client in a multi-million dollar products liability case involving allegations of defective design and inadequate product warnings.
  • Defended personal injury claim arising from allegedly defective tool bag.
  • Defended personal injury claim arising from allegedly defective tool cart.
  • Defended property damage claim arising from allegedly defective dishwasher.
  • Defended several toxic tort claims related to alleged asbestos exposure.
Product Recall Advice
  • Advised businesses regarding compliance with the Consumer Protection Safety Act (CPSA).
  • Advised businesses regarding interfacing and communication with the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Advised business regarding preparing and filing Section 15(b) reports with the CPSC related to product recalls.
  • Advised businesses regarding continued compliance with Corrective Action Plan (CAP) approved by the CPSC.
Employment Litigation
  • Obtained full dismissal of employment discrimination action brought against defendant employer based on allegations of race discrimination pursuant to ORS 659A.030 and constitutional violations under 42 USC 1983 and the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
  • Successfully defended defendant employer against claims of retaliatory discharge.
  • Successfully negotiated and litigated employment claims related to non-compete agreements.
Commercial Litigation and Advice
  • Successfully litigated and resolved case against clients (restaurant investors) involving alleged breaches of commercial real estate lease and personal guarantees.
  • Represented commercial real estate broker in litigation related to a breach of brokerage agreement, obtaining full commission owed to client under the agreement.
  • Won full summary judgment on behalf of client in breach of promissory note case.
  • Successfully defended construction contractor in lawsuit involving allegations of breach of contract, unlawful trade practices, and consumer fraud.
  • Advised businesses on rights and obligations under commercial lease agreements, supply agreements, and other contracts.
Railroad Litigation
  • Successfully defended various railroad defendants in over 100 litigated cases including, but not limited to, cases involving allegations of negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and strict liability the Federal Safety Appliance Act (SAA) and Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA).
  • Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of railroad defendant in a 3-week complex trial involving allegations of negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and strict liability under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) related to walkway ballast.
  • Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of railroad defendant in a 3-week complex injury trial involving allegations of negligence under the FELA and strict liability under the SAA related to an allegedly defective pin lifter and coupler assembly on a railcar.
  • Obtained dismissal for railroad defendant in toxic tort case based on lack of personal jurisdiction pursuant to Daimler AG v. Bauman.
  • Successfully defended railroad defendants in several third-party crossing accident cases involving allegations of inadequate railroad crossing design, negligent crew conduct, and inadequate warnings.
Creditor's Rights/Bankruptcy
  • Represented clients in obtaining and enforcing judgments.
  • Represented clients in registering foreign judgments.
  • Represented clients in connection with disputes related to collections and actions on accounts.
  • Litigated bankruptcy adversary proceedings, including preference and fraudulent transfer claims.
General Litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client, a restaurant, in a personal injury action based on premises liability allegations.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client in a maritime personal injury action against owners of a recreational vessel.
  • Defended utility companies and manufacturers in workplace injury claims brought under the Employers Liability Act (ELA).
  • Defended utility company in personal injury actions related to electrical shock.
Honors
Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch 2021
Oregon Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2017 - 2020
Professional Activities
Tab has been actively involved with the Campaign for Equal Justice, which helps to ensure equal access to the law to all Oregonians.  Tab also volunteers as a member of the Emerging Leaders Counsel for Metropolitan Family Service, a Portland non-profit aimed at helping people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity, and social isolation.  

Tab is also a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Publications
Automobile Litigation and The Internet of Things (IoT)
OP-ED: Limiting risk and exposure under the Employer Liability Law
Navigating potential liability for products sold, manufactured or installed
Co-Author, COVID-19 and the FELA: Duty, Breach, Causation, and Damages
Co-Author, COVID-19 Trial Preparation Paper
Articles
Speaking Engagements
Automobile Litigation and The Internet of Things (IoT) - (2019)
News
Personal Interests
Outside of the office, Tab enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Tab and his wife Abby are proud (and busy!) parents to William, Freddy, and twin girls Nell and Jane, and their family dog Jack. 
1642 Portland Business Journal: Oregon's 2019 Most Admired Companies Oregon Business: 100 Best Companies to work for in Oregon 2019 Oregon Business: 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2019
Practice Areas
Education
B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish, from Sewanee: The University of the South 
J.D.  University of Oregon School of Law and Associate Editor of the Oregon Law Review 
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Washington State Bar
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Idaho State Bar 
United States District Court of Idaho 
Honors
Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch 2021
Oregon Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2017 - 2020

Tab Wood

Partner


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.4259 Direct

Assistant: Angie D. Stennick: 503.243.1661 x 240
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Tab is a member of our litigation department and represents individuals and businesses across diverse industries in a variety of civil litigation cases.  Tab enjoys navigating complex legal disputes and working with his clients to identify creative and effective strategies to reach the best resolution for each particular case.  Sometimes a client's case can be won short of trial through motion practice.  Other times, a case is best resolved through mediation or informal dispute resolution and negotiation.  Tab has significant experience resolving problems through both of these strategies.  

Additionally, Tab is a seasoned litigator with substantial trial and courtroom experience, and experience crafting effective, practical trial strategies. If the best resolution for a client's case is a trial, Tab has the experience and insight that allow him to put the client's best foot forward in a courtroom.  

Tab has been selected by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyers "Rising Star," an honor that is reserved for only 2.5% of Oregon lawyers.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the inaugural 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list.
Personal Interests
Outside of the office, Tab enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Tab and his wife Abby are proud (and busy!) parents to William, Freddy, and twin girls Nell and Jane, and their family dog Jack. 
Representative Matters
Product Liability Litigation
  • Defended a personal injury claim for damages allegedly suffered as a result of a software malfunction on a piece of heavy machinery.  Won full indemnity on summary judgment against the third-party software designer and manufacturer, based on product liability and contract theories.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client in a multi-million dollar products liability case involving allegations of defective design and inadequate product warnings.
  • Defended personal injury claim arising from allegedly defective tool bag.
  • Defended personal injury claim arising from allegedly defective tool cart.
  • Defended property damage claim arising from allegedly defective dishwasher.
  • Defended several toxic tort claims related to alleged asbestos exposure.
Product Recall Advice
  • Advised businesses regarding compliance with the Consumer Protection Safety Act (CPSA).
  • Advised businesses regarding interfacing and communication with the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Advised business regarding preparing and filing Section 15(b) reports with the CPSC related to product recalls.
  • Advised businesses regarding continued compliance with Corrective Action Plan (CAP) approved by the CPSC.
Employment Litigation
  • Obtained full dismissal of employment discrimination action brought against defendant employer based on allegations of race discrimination pursuant to ORS 659A.030 and constitutional violations under 42 USC 1983 and the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
  • Successfully defended defendant employer against claims of retaliatory discharge.
  • Successfully negotiated and litigated employment claims related to non-compete agreements.
Commercial Litigation and Advice
  • Successfully litigated and resolved case against clients (restaurant investors) involving alleged breaches of commercial real estate lease and personal guarantees.
  • Represented commercial real estate broker in litigation related to a breach of brokerage agreement, obtaining full commission owed to client under the agreement.
  • Won full summary judgment on behalf of client in breach of promissory note case.
  • Successfully defended construction contractor in lawsuit involving allegations of breach of contract, unlawful trade practices, and consumer fraud.
  • Advised businesses on rights and obligations under commercial lease agreements, supply agreements, and other contracts.
Railroad Litigation
  • Successfully defended various railroad defendants in over 100 litigated cases including, but not limited to, cases involving allegations of negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and strict liability the Federal Safety Appliance Act (SAA) and Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA).
  • Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of railroad defendant in a 3-week complex trial involving allegations of negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and strict liability under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) related to walkway ballast.
  • Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of railroad defendant in a 3-week complex injury trial involving allegations of negligence under the FELA and strict liability under the SAA related to an allegedly defective pin lifter and coupler assembly on a railcar.
  • Obtained dismissal for railroad defendant in toxic tort case based on lack of personal jurisdiction pursuant to Daimler AG v. Bauman.
  • Successfully defended railroad defendants in several third-party crossing accident cases involving allegations of inadequate railroad crossing design, negligent crew conduct, and inadequate warnings.
Creditor's Rights/Bankruptcy
  • Represented clients in obtaining and enforcing judgments.
  • Represented clients in registering foreign judgments.
  • Represented clients in connection with disputes related to collections and actions on accounts.
  • Litigated bankruptcy adversary proceedings, including preference and fraudulent transfer claims.
General Litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client, a restaurant, in a personal injury action based on premises liability allegations.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client in a maritime personal injury action against owners of a recreational vessel.
  • Defended utility companies and manufacturers in workplace injury claims brought under the Employers Liability Act (ELA).
  • Defended utility company in personal injury actions related to electrical shock.
Speaking Engagements
Automobile Litigation and The Internet of Things (IoT) - (2019)
Professional Activities
Tab has been actively involved with the Campaign for Equal Justice, which helps to ensure equal access to the law to all Oregonians.  Tab also volunteers as a member of the Emerging Leaders Counsel for Metropolitan Family Service, a Portland non-profit aimed at helping people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity, and social isolation.  

Tab is also a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.