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Robert Wood

Jackson Lewis
  • Employment Law
  • South Carolina
Claimed Lawyer Profile

I am Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining the firm in May 2000, I have focused almost exclusively in the area of ERISA benefits litigation, although I also have experience in employment litigation and OSHA defense work. My practice is limited to defense of employers, plans, plan sponsors, insurers, and other ERISA entities.

In the course of my ERISA litigation practice, I have represented dozens of individual corporate clients in more than 400 matters, including class actions, interpleaders actions, single plaintiff benefit actions, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. I have been specially admitted pro hac vice in 24 states for litigation of ERISA lawsuits.

After graduating from law school, I practiced as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court from 1991 until 1993. I then joined the Office of General Counsel of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) as a prosecutor for the Office of Occupational Safety and Health. I prosecuted OSHA matters until 1997, when I began practicing with LLR as a prosecutor in professional licensure disciplinary actions for the State Board of Medical Examiners, the State Board of Chiropractic, the State Veterinary Board, and the State Residential Builders Commission, among other professional licensing bodies in the State.

Prior to entering law school in 1988, I was employed for ten years in corporate staff management positions with Southern Bell, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and BellSouth Corporation in the fields of materials management and budget forecasting.

University of South Carolina
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University of South Carolina
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Professional Experience
Jackson Lewis
Staff Attorney
Supreme Court of South Carolina
Articles & Publications
ERISA Litigation (6th Ed.), Chapter 20 - Standard of Review for Adverse Benefit Determinations
ERISA Litigation (6th Ed.), Chapter 26 - Disability Benefit Claims
The Construction Lawyer's Guide to Labor & Employment Law (2d Ed.), Chp. 7: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
American Bar Association
Are Employee Life Insurance Benefit Plans Worth the Risk of Litigation After CIGNA Corp. v. Amara?
Professional Associations
Activities: South Carolina Bar 1991 - Present
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
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4th Circuit
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7th Circuit
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8th Circuit
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9th Circuit
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Dist. Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Practice Area
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Additional Practice Areas
  • Employee Benefits Litigation (Defense only)
  • Workplace Safety (Defense Only)
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
15 South Main Street, Suite 700
Greenville, SC 29601
Telephone: (864) 232-7000
Fax: (864) 235-1381