Robert W. Wood practices law with Wood LLP, a tax law firm in San Francisco, California (www.WoodLLP.com) where he provides services to clients on state, federal, and international tax matters. He is admitted to practice law in California, New York, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Washington D.C., Texas and Washington. He is also admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Wood has been designated by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Taxation. Wood is a 1979 graduate of University of Chicago Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor and won the Florence James Adams Prize.
Wood is the author of over 30 books on tax law and has long been recognized as a leading tax lawyer and commentator. He has a national reputation as an author, practitioner, and authority on the distinction between independent contractors and employees. Wood has lectured and written widely on this topic, and authored the books, Taxation of Damage Awards and Settlement Payments (4th Edition © 2009 With 2012 Supplement), Qualified Settlement Funds and Section 468B (© 2009), and Legal Guide to Independent Contractor Status (5th Edition © 2010). In addition to consulting with companies and workers, and handling tax controversy cases over the status of workers, his firm is also often hired to consult with companies undergoing regulatory or tax agency scrutiny over the status of workers.
Mr. Wood is considered to be the preeminent expert in the United States and internationally on the taxation of damage awards and settlement payments. A former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service called him the "preeminent authority for tax practitioners on the federal taxation of damages and settlement payments." (Gibbs, Tax Notes, April 18, 2005, p. 393.), and the United States Tax Court labeled him “a nationally renowned expert on the taxation of legal awards.” As the leading tax practitioner in this highly complex and unique area of the tax law, he frequently counsels clients (or represents clients against taxing authorities) on the consequences of litigation payments and recoveries. Wood has been recognized with various honors and awards as one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States.
Wood is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The M&A Tax Report (CCH), a national monthly newsletter addressing tax techniques and trends affecting mergers and acquisitions. For a complete list of publications and qualifications, see www.WoodLLP.com.