Nicholas Wood received his J.D. in 1999 from Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. By 2001, Nick was acting as a liaison between the Air Force Base and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, and also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Take a few moments to learn more about Nick Wood’s legal experience and educational background and find out what he has to bring to the table in helping you and your family take on your legal issues.
Meet Nicholas Wood
In Nick’s fifteen years as an attorney, he has accumulated an unusual breadth and depth of legal experience that has served his civilian and military clients well in and out of the courtroom.
Before opening the doors of his own practice in 2006, Nicholas worked in both private practice and for the federal government in a number of different capacities. Back in 1989, while still in high school, Nicholas volunteered with U.S. Customs and was eventually hired there as an Explorer Intern in 1992. For the next several years, he performed the duties of a US Customs Inspector, which included inspecting international cargo and travelers for contraband, undeclared currency, undeclared commercial items, and narcotics.
While still working at Customs, Nicholas also pursued his undergraduate education at Portland State University. After receiving his B.S. in 1996, he enrolled in law school at Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law and served as a legal intern in the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the state of Washington, where he was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of misdemeanor criminal cases; more specifically, this involved litigating criminal cases, preparing motions, interviewing witnesses, and negotiating with defense lawyers. While in law school he also served as an intern for a criminal defense firm in Clark County.
In 1999, Nicholas graduated from law school. Two years later, as noted above, he was selected to be a US Special Assistant Attorney in Raleigh. During this time, he served at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as a prosecutor in court-martials and as a government representative in administrative discharge boards. This involved evaluating, researching, and preparing a wide range of legal opinions concerning medical malpractice and other tort claims against the United States. He also advised hospital staff on a number of different medical-legal issues, managed the wing legal assistance program, and supervised a staff of five claims examiners. In addition, he prepared materials and rendered advice and training on the Law of Armed Conflict.
Between March 2002 and December 2004 Nicholas worked overseas at Misawa Air Base in Japan, first as primary trial counselor in court-martials at the air base and then as area defense counsel. As counsel, Nicholas advised commanders on issues relating to conducting operations in Japan in accordance with the US/Japan Status of Forces Agreement and applicable international law, prepared materials and rendered advice and training in compliance with the Law of Armed Conflict and applicable rules of engagement, provided advice to commanders on federal labor law issues involving civilian employees (including being tasked to represent the Air Force in an appeal before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), and advising commanders regarding environmental standards applicable to US forces’ operations in Japan.
Starting in July of 2003 as Area Defense Counsel, Nicholas advised and represented active duty Air Force members facing various administrative, disciplinary, or court-martial actions at Misawa Air Base and throughout the Pacific Circuit. The specific duties of the position include litigating criminal and administrative cases, interviewing witnesses, preparing pleadings and negotiating with prosecutors.
After returning from Japan, Nicholas went to work in private practice with the same Clark County criminal defense firm he had interned at during law school. His responsibilities included advising and representing indigent criminal defendants in misdemeanor criminal cases, and the specific duties of the position included litigating criminal cases, interviewing witnesses, preparing pleadings and negotiating with prosecutors.
The following year, Nicholas opened the front doors of the Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S. here in Vancouver. As owner/president/attorney, he has advised and represented thousands of civilian and military clients in civil and criminal matters throughout Oregon and Washington as well as at various military installations around the world. He also teaches an evidence class at Portland Community College as adjunct instructor. He looks forward to many more years of serving his clients and providing them with effective, affordable legal counsel.
- University of Portland, Portland, Oregon. M.B.A., 2012
- Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. J.D., 1999
- Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. B.S., cum laude, 1996
- State of Washington
- State of Oregon
- Washington State Bar
- Oregon State Bar
- Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
- United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- Seymour Johnson Wing Staff Agencies Company Grade Officer of the Year, 2001
- Ranked #1 Attorney Assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Misawa AB, Japan, 2003
- Three Air Force Commendation Medals for Meritorious Service to the United States of America
- Appointed Trial Observer in Japanese Courts by then-U.S. Ambassador to Japan Howard Baker