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Teri Wilford Wood

Of Counsel
New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4000
F 212-972-3213


Teri Wilford Wood is Of Counsel in the New York, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in global workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

At Jackson Lewis, Ms. Wood focuses primarily on international employment issues, corporate governance and investigations, workplace training and restrictive covenants worldwide. 

Previously, Ms. Wood was chief global labor and employment counsel advising Fortune 100 technology and financial services corporations worldwide. In this role, Ms. Wood served as Associate General Counsel of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) for most of her two-plus decade IBM career. In this position and previously as Managing Counsel of American Express Company, she had responsibility for employment, labor, immigration, pension, benefits and executive compensation law.

Ms. Wood has also served as a member of IBM’s retirement plans Investment Committee, served as legal counsel to the plans fiduciary committee and was Co-Chair of the Law Department Education Committee. While at American Express Company, Ms. Wood served on the Supervisory Committee of the Federal Credit Union and acted as its General Counsel. 

Prior to her time as in-house counsel, Ms. Wood was an Administrative Judge for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, earlier was an associate at a national law firm, both based in New York City.

Ms. Wood has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater New York Chapter, and is a past President of the Association’s New York Chapter and Chair of its Employment Law Committee. She has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of Washburn University School of Law and is currently a member of the law school’s Transactional Law Center. In addition to membership in the Association of Corporate Counsel, Ms. Wood co-founded the Westchester-Fairfield Counsel Roundtable and has served as Co-Chair of the ACC Westchester-Fairfield Employment Law Committee. 

Ms. Wood is a frequent speaker for both domestic and international programs including, Practicing Law Institute, Chief Litigation Officers Summit, Center for International Studies (Salzburg, Austria), NYU, Fordham Law School, ALI-ABA Wage and Hour Seminars, HR Conference Board, Association of Corporate Counsel. 

Honors and Recognitions

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater New York Chapter, Distinguished Service Award (2000) 

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Employment Law Council 
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Co-Chair Employment Law Committee (WESFACCA)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Washburn Law School Transactional Law Center, Member of the Board
  • Westchester Fairfield Employment Counsel Roundtable, Co-Founder

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Lupus Research Alliance, Executive Leadership Council
  • Pro Bono Partnership, Pro Bono Attorney 

Published Works

  • “Making a Difference With Pro Bono Board Service,” LinkedIn (February 1, 2016)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Benefits and Risks of Social Media in the Workplace,” Employment Law Institute 2018, Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY, October 2018) (panelist)
  • ”Trends in Non-compete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants,” Chief Litigation Officer Summit (Orlando, FL, September 2018) (presenter)
  • “Reviewing Performance Without “Performance Reviews,” Labor and Employment Law Future Forum, The Conference Board (New York, NY, October 2017) (presenter) 

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March 20, 2019
Corporate Counsel

Teri Wilford Wood Comments on Implications of Uncertain Gig Economy Labor Laws

March 20, 2019

Teri Wilford Wood comments on the implications of uncertain gig economy labor laws and how compliance and reducing risk are key in "As the Gig Economy Goes Public, Labor Regulations Still Pose Risk," published by Corporate Counsel. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

February 13, 2019
Corporate Counsel

Teri Wilford Wood Discusses Her Move From In-House Counsel to Jackson Lewis

February 13, 2019

Teri Wilford Wood discusses making the career switch from in-house counsel at International Business Machines Corp. to join Jackson Lewis as Of Counsel in "Two Veteran In-House Counsel Talk About Why They Moved to Law Firms," published by Corporate Counsel.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 5, 2019
Jackson Lewis

Former IBM Counsel Teri Wilford Wood Adds Global Experience to Jackson Lewis in NYC

February 5, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (February 5, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Teri Wilford Wood has joined the firm’s New York City office as Of Counsel. Ms. Wood joins Jackson Lewis after more than two decades at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), serving for most of... Read More

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Seeking Unity, Not Uniformity*: Diversity and the Corporate Board of Directors
March 6, 2019

New board of directors appointments such as Indra Nooyi joining Amazon, Nikki Haley nominated by Boeing, and Michelle J. Howard as IBM’s latest director illustrate the accelerating trend of gender and minority diversity on corporate boards – an apt topic for Women’s History Month. Read More