Robert W. Wood is a 1979 graduate of University of Chicago Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor and won the Florence James Adams Prize and a University of Chicago Scholarship. He 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. Robert W. Wood 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. Robert W. Wood has been designated by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Taxation.
Robert W. Wood is the author of over 35 books in the field of taxation. He has long been recognized as an authority and commentator on several specialized areas of the tax law. He has a national reputation as an author, practitioner, and authority on the distinction between independent contractors and employees. Robert W. Wood has lectured and written widely on this topic, and authored the books, Taxation of Damage Awards and Settlement Payments (4th Edition © 2009), 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.
Robert W. Wood is widely 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. Robert W. Wood has been recognized with various honors and awards as one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States.
Robert W. 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.