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Robert M. Wood

Principal
Greenville

P 864-672-8045
F 864-235-1381
Robert.Wood@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Robert M. Wood is a Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining the firm in May 2000, he has focused almost exclusively in the area of ERISA litigation, although he also has experience in employment litigation and OSHA defense work.

In the course of his ERISA litigation practice, Mr. Wood has represented dozens of individual corporate clients in more than 390 matters, including class actions, interpleaders actions, single plaintiff benefit actions, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. He has been specially admitted pro hac vice in 24 states for litigation of ERISA cases.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Wood practiced as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court from 1991 until 1993. He then joined the Office of General Counsel of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) as a prosecutor for the Office of Occupational Safety and Health. Mr. Wood prosecuted OSHA matters until 1997, when he began practicing with LLR as a prosecutor in professional licensure disciplinary actions for the State Board of Medical Examiners, the State Board of Chiropractic, the State Veterinary Board, and the State Residential Builders Commission, among other professional licensing bodies in the State.

Prior to entering law school in 1988, Mr. Wood was employed for ten years in corporate staff management positions with Southern Bell, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and BellSouth Corporation in the fields of materials management and budget forecasting.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Association

Published Works

  • ERISA Chapter, Labor & Employment Law for Construction Lawyers. American Bar Association [Primary Chapter Author and Managing Editor]
  • “Standard of Review for Adverse Benefit Determinations?” ERISA Litigation. BNA 5th ed. (Principal Authors: Zanglein, et al.) [Chapter Author]
  • “Causes of Action,” ERISA Litigation. BNA 5th ed. (Principal Authors: Zanglein, et al.) [Chapter Co-Author]
  • “Jury Trials,” ERISA Litigation. BNA 5th ed. (Principal Authors: Zanglein, et al.) [Chapter Co-Author]
  • "Jumping the Hurdles of the HIPAA Privacy Rule," South Carolina Lawyer 14.6 (July 2003) [Co-Author]
  • "An Introduction to the New OSHA Ergonomics Program," South Carolina Lawyer 12.5 (March/April 2001) [Co-Author]

Practices


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EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK REFUSES TO ENFORCE AN ERISA ANTI-ASSIGNMENT PROVISION
May 23, 2019

The list of the federal courts of appeals enforcing unambiguous anti-assignment provisions in ERISA health benefit plans continues to grow:  almost exactly one year ago, the Third Circuit joined its sister circuits in holding “that anti-assignment clauses in ERISA-governed health insurance plans as a general matter are enforceable.” As th Read More

Are You “Doing Enough” to Avoid ERISA Statutory Penalties?
October 2, 2018

Clients often are surprised to learn they are liable for ERISA statutory penalties associated with participant document requests even though they have retained an independent third party to administer their ERISA welfare benefits plans (such as disability, life, and health plans). Read More

DEATH OF THE SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE DOCTRINE?
March 30, 2017

In Halo v. Yale Health Plan, decided in April of 2016, the Second Circuit expressly rejected the “substantial compliance” doctrine with respect to alleged violations of the ERISA Claims Procedure regulation. Read More

By Robert M. Wood, Sarah C. Baskin and Ashley Bryan Abel