Terri Wood

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Law Office of Terri Wood, P.C.: Private practitioner specializing in criminal trial practice at state and federal levels, including state capital cases, Sept. 1988 to date.

PEER REVIEWED: “AV-Preeminent” rating in Martindale-Hubble; Oregon Super Lawyer; and Best Lawyers in America.

Office of the Public Defender, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, State of Florida: Major felonies and capital cases trial attorney, May 1984 -June 1988; Felony/misdemeanor trial attorney, Oct. 1982-May 1984.

Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.: Associate/law clerk, Sept. 1981-Oct. 1982 (public interest law firm).

New York Times Affiliated Florida Newspapers: Reporter covering local government, courts and police beat, Nov. 1975-Sept. 1981.


Oregon State Bar: Admitted Sept. 1988.

United States District Court, Oregon: Admitted Nov. 1989; and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

University of Florida, Holland Law Center: J.D. with honors, Dec. 1981.

University of Florida, College of Journalism: B.S. with high honors, June 1975.


“The Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in Oregon, by the National Trial Lawyers, 2008-to date.

“Top 25” Women Super Lawyers, Oregon 2017.

Oregon Super Lawyer, 2006-to date.

Admitted as a Fellow to The Litigation Counsel of America, Proven Trial Lawyers, 2015-to date.

Vice President, Oregon Criminal Defendant Attorney Association, 2013-2014.

Board of Directors, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA), 2012-2016.

Chair and Co-Chair of OCDLA Publications Committee, since 2014.

Board of Directors, Lane County Bar Association, 2010-2012.

Board of Directors, Lane County Public Defender Services, since 2010; Chairperson since 2016.

Member of Oregon Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys, OCDLA Capital Defenders Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lane County Bar Association, Roland K. Rodman Inn of Court; past pro-tem judge for Lane County Circuit and District Court.


Chapter author in 2017 manual, “Still at War: A Guide for Defenders, Prosecutors & Judges Dealing With Oregon’s Veteran Defendant Crisis,” available through the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Author and Presenter, “The Top Ten Things to Know About Motion Practice,” OCDLA “Z is for Zealous” seminar 2015. Author and Presenter, “Strategic Suppression: A Methodology for Framing and Litigating Search and Seizure Issues,” OCDLA Search and Seizure seminar 2014. Author of the Discovery Chapter for the Oregon Criminal Defense Association's new edition of the Criminal Trial Manual., Author, Discovery Chapter, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association , Legal, 2013. Chapter author for "Jury Selection in Criminal Cases," published by Aspatore as part of its "Inside the Minds" series, featuring "Leading Lawyers On Balancing The Art And Science Of The Voir Dire Process"., Author, "Understanding and Perfecting the Art of Jury Selection", Aspatore, Legal, 2013. Chapter Author for "Inside The Minds: Defense Strategies For Drug Crimes," a book that features leading lawyers on interpreting today's drug cases, developing a thorough defense, and protecting a client's rights. Read Terri Wood's chapter on attacking probable cause based on the subjective sensory perceptions of police officers, on her website, Chapter Author, Aspatore, Attorneys, 2012. "Addressing Diversity Issues During Voir Dire", Author and Co-Presenter, OSB Criminal Law Section, 16th Annual Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice , 2003. "Keeping Prejudice Out of the Jury Room: Voir Dire for the Minority Defendant", Author and Presenter, OCDLA Annual Conference 2003. An Investigative-Reporter-Turned-Lawyer's Tool Bag for Discovery in Complex Cases (and Cracking the Cartwright Code), Author & Presenter, OCDLA seminar 2001. "Theory of the Case: Voir Dire and Closing", Author and Presenter, OCDLA "Sex Crimes: Defending the Accused" seminar 1995. “Getting Discovery: Oregon Statutory Basis and Developments in the Law", Author & Presenter, OCDLA “Discovery and Trial Preparation” seminar 1992. Adjunct lecturer, Winter term, University of Florida, College of Journalism, 1981. Editor, The Verdict, Holland Law Center, January - June 1980. Lecturer, OCDLA seminars; instructor, University of Oregon trial advocacy classes. Presented analysis and ideas for federal sentencing strategy post-Booker, Leader of break-out session, Defender Services Division Training Branch, “Winning Strategies” 2005.

The National Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Oregon Trial Attorneys); Oregon Super Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (38)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Assault
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Criminal Law
  • Burglary
  • Capital Offenses
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Death Penalty
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wire Fraud
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • Trial Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(541) 484-4171  Phone
541-485-5923  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, College of Journalism, B.S., with high honors, 1975
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, Holland Law Center, J.D., with honors, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1982, Florida (Inactive); 1989, United States District Court, Oregon and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; 1988, Oregon
Oregon State Bar; Lane County Bar Association (Member, Board of Director, 2010); Oregon Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association; Capital Defenders Association; Multnomah County Bar Association; Roland K. Rodman Inns of Court.
Hobbies & interests:
Hiking, photography, cooking, gardening
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Eugene, Oregon

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