Mr. Wood was raised just outside of Redding, California, where he worked construction for his father growing up. He worked on weekends and summer breaks performing residential construction, commercial construction and industrial construction. Hard work was ingrained in him at a young age through the examples of his father's hard work and dedication. These qualities have been invaluable to Mr. Wood as a trial lawyer because trying cases for victims requires an incredible amount of time and dedication to make sure that the victim has the very best representation and opportunity to be treated fairly by a jury of his or her peers.
Christopher W. Wood became the youngest named partner at the Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, firm at age 37. He was voted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) by his trial lawyer peers in 2012. (Less than 1 percent of all practicing lawyers throughout the country are admitted as ABOTA members.) He has devoted his entire legal career to helping families who have been impacted by catastrophic injuries and/or the death of a loved one.
Mr. Wood is one of the few trial lawyers who has tried cases to verdict during the COVID-19 Pandemic continuing to hold corporations accountable during difficult times. He recently received a $4.3 million judgment against Jelly Belly Candy Company in Stanislaus County for injuries sustained by his client, Sandra K. Jelly Belly offered $1 million to resolve the case prior to trial but now owes over $4.3 million following the 3 week trial. Mr. Wood also just settled a case for $5.1 million involving an explosion and a corporate defendant. Prior to that, Mr. Wood obtained a $2.3 million dollar judgment against Folsom Ready Mix following a jury trial in Sacramento County. Folsom Ready Mix's driver rear-ended a line of vehicles including the injured victim, Bonnie S. Ms. S. went on to have significant issues with cervical injuries requiring pain management. After the jury trial, jurors approached the defendants and told them that they hoped the verdict sent a message to the corporation regarding their safety program which Plaintiff argued was not up to the appropriate standards for the Sacramento community.
He was instrumental in setting the standard for admissibility of medical expenses in trial across the State of California. His case Greer v. Buzgheia was affirmed and published in 2006 by the Third District Court of Appeal. The Greer case allows the plaintiff to introduce all of the medical expenses an injured victim is facing as opposed to limiting them to what was paid by health insurance.
Mr. Wood has also worked to protect police officers and fire personnel. His case Terry v. Garcia was published by the Third District Court of Appeal and confirms the independent negligence exception to the fireman's rule. The Terry case confirms that when a police officer or fireman is responding to a call and is injured in the process by a third party, they can recover against that third party for their injuries as opposed to relying solely upon worker's compensation benefits.
Mr. Wood's wife, Amy Wood, is a teacher for Sacramento County. She has devoted her career to helping children in the community who are emotionally disturbed and have a wide variety of learning disabilities. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have twin boys, Henry and Jameson as well as a daughter Lila and son William.
Areas Of Practice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Wrongful Death
- Construction Accidents
- Product Liability
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- California, 1998
- Lincoln Law School, Sacramento, California
- Juris Doctor - 1997
- California State University, Sacramento
- Bachelor of Science - 1993
- Middlesex University, London, England
Honors and Awards
- Best Oral Argument - Moot Court
- SuperLawyer - Rising Star
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Vice President, Member
- Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
- Santa Clara Trial Lawyers, Member