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Shawn Wood

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5657
Fax: (312) 460-7657
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Shawn Wood is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and a member of the firm’s National Trial Team.  He serves as national chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and has over 24 years of experience counseling and representing clients in connection with their business litigation, commercial contracts, and product liability matters.
  
Shawn is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois.  He has won cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including in Texas, California, North Carolina, Iowa, Delaware and Illinois.  He has also prevailed as lead appellate counsel before the United States Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Illinois First District Appellate Court.
  
Shawn’s experience includes the representation of US and UK manufacturers in connection with product related disputes and supply chain issues and agreements throughout the world.  He has presented to the Chicago International Trade Commissioner’s Association regarding product liability issues facing multinational companies.
  
Shawn has published and presented on broad scope of topics relevant to civil practice, product liability and commercial litigation.  He co-authors the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Handbook chapter regarding motion practice and serves as an annual presenter at the ISBA Civil Practice Conference.   For more than a decade, Shawn served by appointment on the Civil Practice Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  He has also served as a featured columnist in Chicago Lawyer magazine and is a recipient of its Annual Writing Award.   He was previously honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as part of its “40 under 40” listing and selected by his peers as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” in appellate practice and commercial litigation.  Most recently, Shawn was listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, and the Commercial Litigation Practice Group that he chairs was ranked among the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report, including Tier 1 rankings in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Shawn Wood is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and a member of the firm’s National Trial Team.  He serves as national chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and has over 24 years of experience counseling and representing clients in connection with their business litigation, commercial contracts, and product liability matters.
  
Shawn is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois.  He has won cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including in Texas, California, North Carolina, Iowa, Delaware and Illinois.  He has also prevailed as lead appellate counsel before the United States Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Illinois First District Appellate Court.
  
Shawn’s experience includes the representation of US and UK manufacturers in connection with product related disputes and supply chain issues and agreements throughout the world.  He has presented to the Chicago International Trade Commissioner’s Association regarding product liability issues facing multinational companies.
  
Shawn has published and presented on broad scope of topics relevant to civil practice, product liability and commercial litigation.  He co-authors the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Handbook chapter regarding motion practice and serves as an annual presenter at the ISBA Civil Practice Conference.   For more than a decade, Shawn served by appointment on the Civil Practice Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  He has also served as a featured columnist in Chicago Lawyer magazine and is a recipient of its Annual Writing Award.   He was previously honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as part of its “40 under 40” listing and selected by his peers as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” in appellate practice and commercial litigation.  Most recently, Shawn was listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, and the Commercial Litigation Practice Group that he chairs was ranked among the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report, including Tier 1 rankings in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1992)
    Order of the Coif (highest honors); Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • B.A., University of Dayton (1989)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • State of Illinois, Federal Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section)
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Nominated to Civil Practice Council (Sept. 2003 - June 2016)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Lawyers’ Club of Chicago

Presentations

  • Presenter, “Dispositive Pre-Trial Motions in Illinois,” Illinois State Bar Association Conference on Motion Practice From Pre-Trial Through Post-Trial (November 2016)
  • Moderator, “The Future Of The Legal Profession, Where To From Here," Illinois State Bar Association’s Allerton Conference (April 2015)
  • Presenter, “Winning Summary Judgment and Motions to Dismiss,” Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Update (2010-2014)
  • Presenter, “The Use of Financial Experts In Commercial Litigation,” Illinois State Bar Association Seminar “Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation; Evidence and Theory Involving Topics of Expert Testimony” (November 2013)
  • Moderator, “Social Media and Internet Use By Jurors During Civil Trials,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Allerton Conference (April 2013)
  • Presenter, “A Practical Approach to Section 2-615 Motion Practice,” Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice Update and Overview (Bloomington and Chicago, Illinois 2008-09)
  • Presenter, “Evidentiary Hearings and Section 2-619,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Conference (May 2007)
  • Presenter, “The Affirmative Matter Standard Under Section 2-619 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure,” Illinois State Bar Association Civil Litigation Update and Overview (May 2006)
  • Presenter, “Legal Responsibility For Product Defects In The United States,” The Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association, (February 2003)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Dispositive Motion Practice in Illinois,” The ISBA Civil Practice Handbook (2013-2016)
  • Co-Author, “For General Jurisdiction, There’s No Place Like Home,” ISBA Trial Briefs, Vol. 59, No. 10, (April 2014)
  • Author, “Like A Blister In The Sun,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2009)
  • Author, “Allerton Conference Addresses Civility,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 7 (July 2008)
  • Author, “Sticks And Stones: Illinois Defamation Law In The Wake of J. Maki Construction Co. v. Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 3 (March 2008)
  • Author, “Reason Makes A Comeback Under Rule 216,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 30, No. 11 (Nov. 2007)
  • Author, “An Inconvenient Truthiness About Rule 216,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 12 (Dec. 2006) (cited by the Illinois Supreme Court in Vision Point of Sale, Inc. v. Haas (2007))
  • Co-Author, “Defense Cost Reimbursement: The Illinois Supreme Court Goes Its Own Way,” ISBA Trial Briefs (March 2006)
  • Author, “The Miracle at 219 South Dearborn,” Chicago Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 12 (December 2003)