James H. Wood

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico

James Wood Law
James H. Wood
James Wood Law

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in New Mexico since: 2008

Education: The University of Oklahoma College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024
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James Wood Law

601 Marble Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 Visit website


The founder of James Wood Law, which is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, James Wood focuses his plaintiff litigation practice primarily on medical malpractice, serious and permanent injuries, and wrongful death. He has settled more than 100 cases and taken more than 50 cases to trial over the past 30 years, with a number of those verdicts and settlements resulting in awards in excess of $1 million. Mr. Wood works closely with each of his clients and develops a personal relationship with them, which helps him to better understand their stories and allows him to demonstrate the importance of each case to a jury.

After graduating from McMurry University with a bachelor's degree, Mr. Wood went on to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor with honors. While in law school, he served as a member of the National Moot Court team and served as Chief Articles Editor for the Oklahoma Law Review. In 2014, Mr. Wood graduated  from the Trial  Lawyers College. Mr. Wood is a board certified trial lawyer.  He holds certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law and from the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil law trial specialist.

Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Wood has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico and has also received an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas, he is also licensed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 10th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

in 2015, Mr. Wood's son, Thomas, joined the firm.  Thomas is fast becoming an outstanding trial lawyer.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice

  • 100% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.jameswoodlaw.com

Educational Background:
  • McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, B.S., 1981
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteered, soup kitchen, worked in an after-school program for needy and underprivileged children, and taught Sunday School
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified Civil Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialization
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2008
  • Member, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • United States District Court for New Mexico, 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Preeminent® Attorney, Highest Ethical standards
  • Member, National Moot Court Team, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • James H. Wood was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011-2016
  • Honors, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, 2014
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell® Rating, areas of Litigation, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
  • Chief Articles Editor, Oklahoma Law Review
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Author, "Preparing Clients for Effective Depositions," The Warrior (published by the Trial Lawyers College), 2016
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Settled for $5.29M personal-injury, medical-malpractice case against local hospital.  The settlement also includes the payment of future medical as incurred, 2022
  • $1.3M settlement against regional hospital, wrongful death, 2024
  • $2.55M settlement against hospital for failing to diagnose cancer, resulting in wrongful death, 2024
  • Settled for $2.3M against regional hospital in a case involving wrongful death and medical, 2023
  • $23.8M Jury Verdict against Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico).  Failed to properly treat small bowel obstruction, resulting in short gut syndrome, 2023
  • Settled against a local hospital for $2.75M in a wrongful-death, medical-malpractice case, 2022
  • Settled medical-malpractice lawsuit against New Mexico hospital for $2,000,000, 2021
  • $2,200,000 settlement in a medical-malpractice and wrongful-death case in which the doctors failed to diagnose a fistula leading to the client’s death, 2022
  • $1,000,000 settlement against two Albuquerque hospitals in a medical-malpractice case involving a client who committed suicide.  The case settled on the third day of trial.  Before trial, the defendants only offered $450,000, 2022
  • $8,500,000 settlement in a medical-malpractice case against an Albuquerque hospital involving a client with partial paralysis.  The case settled shortly before trial, 2022
  • Settled a wrongful-death, medical malpractice lawsuit against a New Mexico hospital for $2,800,000, 2020
  • Settled a wrongful-death, medical malpractice lawsuit against a New Mexico hospital for $2,000,000, 2020
  • $6.9M Jury Verdict in Lea County with 5% on target defendant.  Two empty chairs.  Defendant was local county hospital.  Medical malpractice.  Wrongful death.   , 2019
  • After almost three weeks of trial, settled wrongful-death case against rural hospital for $1,950,000.  72-year-old, female client died from improperly diagnosed and improperly treated sepsis, 2020
  • $1.5M Wrongful-Death Medical-Malpractice Settlement, 2019
  • $950K Wrongful-Death Medical-Malpractice Partial Settlement , 2019
  • $3.0M Wrongful-Death, Medical Malpractice Settlement Involving New Mexico hospital, 2019
  • $1M Wrongful-Death, Medical Malpractice Settlement Involving Out-of-State medical group, 2018
  • $2.0M Wrongul-Death, Medical-Malpractice Settlement Involving a New Mexico Hospital, 2019
  • $1,000,000 Settlement in Premises Liability Lawsuit, 2014
  • $1.4 Million Jury Verdict against a Chemical Supplier in federal court: Bourk v. United Suppliers, Inc.
  • $1.9 Million Settlement against an Oil Company
  • $1.2 Million Settlement against a Hospital
  • $10.8 Million Jury Verdict against a Meatpacker in federal court (reversed on appeal): Klumpe v. IBP, Inc.
  • $2.0 Million Settlement against a Meatpacker
  • $1.25 Million Settlement against a Railroad
  • $1,000,000 Wrongful-Death Settlement Against New Mexico Hospital , 2016
  • Settlement Against Hospital in Wrongful-Death Case for $1,000,000
  • $2.5 Million Settlement against a Hospital
  • $1.5 Million Settlement against a Doctor and Hospital

Office location for James H. Wood

601 Marble Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-458-6059


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

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