Fred Wood is the Charlotte office Litigation Practice Area Leader, Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Team and co-Chair of the firm’s Business Court Team.
He represents companies in a variety of matters, including cases involving unfair business practices and methods of competition, the North Carolina Trade Secrets Protection Act, business torts, and class actions. He has prosecuted and defended businesses and their interests with regard to all aspects of commercial contracts. He has significant experience in securing and defending against Temporary Restraining Orders, Preliminary Injunctions and Permanent Injunctions in order to protect business strategies, assets (hard and soft) and capital of commercial clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions. He has also represented companies, partnerships and individuals in shareholder and partnership disputes and oppression claims by minority shareholders.
A significant portion of Fred's practice focuses on financial services litigation. He has represented banks, financial institutions, investment advisors and other professional services firms in matters that include securities lending and litigation, professional liability, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, transactional and contractual disputes.
Fred represents companies in complex arbitrations and before the North Carolina Business Court, and in both State and Federal courts. He has also argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, as well as having appeared numerous times before the Office of Administrative Hearings in a variety of contested cases for clients affected by state agency actions.
Recognizing that change is needed for managing, performing and delivering quality and customized legal services, Fred partners with clients to bring an innovative, yet practical, approach to his practice. A certified Legal Lean Sigma® Yellow Belt, Fred is committed to leveraging process improvement and project management principles to determine the best ways to perform and deliver legal work such that the firm’s interests are aligned with the client’s interests.
Fred has been selected by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in litigation (2009) and general commercial litigation 2010-2016, is listed in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in litigation 2008-2012, North Carolina Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (2014-2017) and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for sixteen years.
An active participant in civic and community affairs, Fred coaches youth sports, and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church where he teaches youth Sunday school and has served on various committees.