L. Lin Wood


  • Support Staff

    Kimmy Hart Bennett

  • Education

    • Mercer University, J.D., cum laude, 1977
  • Admitted to Practice

    • Georgia, 1977
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • Georgia Superior and State Courts
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court, District of Colorado
    • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
    • United States District Court, Northern District of California
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
    • United States Supreme Court
  • Professional Affiliations & Memberships

    • State Bar of Georgia
    • American Bar Association
  • Civic Involvement, Honors and Awards

    • Georgia Super Lawyers (2005-2020)
    • Atlanta Business Chronicle, Who's Who In Law (2004-2005)
    • The Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers (2006-2008)
  • L. Lin Wood has more than 43 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on civil litigation, representing individuals and corporations as plaintiffs or defendants in tort and business cases involving claims of significant damage, including False Claims Act cases. Mr. Wood also has extensive experience in First Amendment/defamation litigation and management of the media in high profile cases.

    On behalf of his clients, Mr. Wood has made numerous national television and radio appearances, including appearances on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’ 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, MSNBC’s The Abrams Report, Imus in the Morning and Hardball, Court TV, and the CBS, NBC and ABC evening news programs. Mr. Wood was profiled in the cover article of the January 1998, issue of Atlanta magazine, on the July 12, 2000, broadcast of NBC’s The Today Show and in the cover article of the November 27, 2000, issue of Editor & Publisher magazine. Additionally, Mr. Wood was recognized as a Notable Georgian in the January 2002, issue of Georgia Trend magazine. Mr. Wood was profiled in the cover article of the September 2015, issue of Attorney at Law Magazine.

    Mr. Wood was recognized in the August 2004, and September 2005, Atlanta Business Chronicle list of Who’s Who in Law and has been recognized from 2005 to 2015 as a Georgia Super Lawyer in Law & Politics magazine and Atlanta magazine. Mr. Wood was recognized in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as one of The Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers in Law & Politics magazine and Atlanta magazine and was the subject of a separate profile article in Law & Politics in 2006.

    Mr. Wood is the subject of an article published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, entitled “Suing the News Media in the Age of Tabloid Journalism: L. Lin Wood and the Battle for Accountability”.

    Representative Experience

    Mr. Wood has been the lead attorney in many national, high profile cases, including serving as:

    • lead civil attorney for the Nicholas Sandmann in matters arising out of false and defamatory reporting by the media about Mr. Sandmann in connection with the incident occurring January 2019 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial outside the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
    • lead civil attorney for Vernon Unsworth in litigation arising from defamatory tweets made by Elon Musk against Mr. Unsworth, a highly respected caver whose involvement in the Thailand Cave Rescue has been described as instrumental in saving the lives of the young boys trapped in the Cave System
    • lead civil attorney for the late Richard Jewell in matters arising out of reporting about Mr. Jewell in connection with the 1996 bombing of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta
    • lead civil attorney for Jeff Greene in libel litigation against The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald related to Mr. Greene’s 2010 campaign for the Democratic Nomination for the U.S. Senate from Florida
    • lead civil attorney for Sheldon Adelson in New York libel litigation against the National Jewish Democratic Council
    • attorney for Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain in defense of false accusation
    • attorney for Dr. Phil McGraw in connection with false and defamatory articles published by Newsweek, the Daily Beast and the National Enquirer
    • lead civil attorney in Whistleblower cases alleging Medicare fraud against DaVita, Inc. in federal court in Atlanta and against Halifax Hospital Medical Center in federal court in Florida
    • lead civil attorney for Howard K. Stern in the prosecution and defense of defamation claims arising out of the death of Anna Nicole Smith
    • lead trial counsel for The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. in connection with claims related to corporate governance
    • lead attorney for John and the late Patsy Ramsey and their son in matters relating to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, and present lead attorney for Burke Ramsey in defamation matters against CBS and Dr. Werner Spitz.
    • attorney for Beth Holloway in matters relating to the media coverage ofthe May 2005 disappearance of her daughter, Natalee Holloway, in Aruba and in a pending civil action against the National Enquirer in federal court in Alabama
    • attorney for Sharon Rocha in matters relating to the media coverage of the December 2002 murder of her daughter, Laci Peterson
    • attorney for former U.S. Congressman Gary Condit in defamation matters relating to the May 2001 abduction and murder of Chandra Levy in Washington
    • co-counsel for the victim in the civil actions in Colorado against Kobe Bryant
    • lead counsel for AirTran Airlines, Inc. in defamation litigation against the Cleveland, Ohio newspaper, The Plain Dealer
    • lead counsel for Esquire Deposition Services LLC in multi-state class actions dealing with billing practices
    • lead trial counsel for the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith in federal action for misappropriation and theft of estate property
    • lead trial attorney for Sun Trust Bank in litigation arising out of claims by trust beneficiaries related to an inheritance of Coca-Cola stock
    • lead trial attorney for Phoebe Putney Health Care System and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in the defense of 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims by a former staff physician
    • lead trial attorney for NextGen Fuel, Inc. in the defense of claims alleging breach of contract and intellectual property infringement