ERISA and Disability Benefits Law Blog
John Walker Wood started his legal career at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., having been hired through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program. As a new attorney, he defended the federal government against accusations that it used various forms of intellectual property, including scientific patents, without authorization. Since entering private practice, Mr. Wood has handled a range of high-end civil litigation, including ERISA, disability, and insurance-related disputes. He enjoys an "AV" Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (5.0 out of 5.0), the highest rating an attorney can receive. In 2010, he was named one of Seattle's "Top Lawyers" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Mr. Wood has a passion for helping people who are unfairly denied employee benefits (including disability, health, and life insurance benefits) under the federal ERISA statute. His clients have come from varied occupations in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, law, engineering, business, management consulting, sales, law enforcement, technology, entertainment, pharmacy, human resources, and many other fields. He has assisted with claims against Unum Life, Paul Revere, Aetna, AIG, Assurant, Hartford, Reliance Standard, CIGNA, Liberty Mutual, Metropolitan Life, Shenandoah Life, The Standard Insurance Company, Kansas City Life, Jefferson Pilot, Lincoln Financial, Provident, Life Insurance Company of North America, Prudential, Sun Life, and others.