Michael C. Wood

Managing Associate


Michael Wood helps clients navigate litigation, regulatory actions, and internal and government investigations involving complex civil, criminal, and compliance issues. His practice focuses on internal and government investigations, white collar criminal defense, and securities litigation, and business litigation.

Drawing on his experience as a federal court clerk, Michael represents individuals, corporations, and public entities in state and federal court in connection with civil and criminal matters. He has also conducted internal investigations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia relating to allegations of money laundering and financial fraud, senior management misconduct, the False Claims Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Michael also partners with members of Orrick’s Public Policy group to represent companies and entrepreneurs facing complex regulatory and compliance issues. In connection with a pro bono matter, Michael has worked to successfully pass legislation in multiple states, including California and Texas, where he testified before the Texas House of Representatives’ Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Prior to joining Orrick, Michael served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.  As a clerk, Michael researched and drafted proposed opinions and orders in a variety of civil and criminal matters at all stages of the proceedings.

Michael earned his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Symposium Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif.  While at Pepperdine, Michael also received a Master of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute and a Master of Public Policy. Michael graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Government. While a student, Michael interned for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the California Governor’s office, and the California Secretary of State.

Michael completed a secondment with the Yolo County District Attorney's office in 2018, where he led multiple jury trials to verdict as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney.

  • Engagements:

    • Represented California hospital in an internal investigation and litigation involving potential False Claims Act violations and Medicaid fraud.
    • Represented a Fortune 50 company in a sensitive internal investigation involving allegations of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
    • Represented a Fortune 50 company in multiple sensitive internal investigations involving allegations of senior management misconduct in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
    • Represented a Fortune 500 company in multiple internal investigations in Central America involving alleged Anti-Money Laundering violations.
    • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a major California public entity concerning alleged violations of internal policies.
    • Represented a construction firm in a California District Attorney criminal investigation which resulted in no charges being filed.
    • Defended a public entity in multiple federal district courts involving tort claims.
    • Partnering with a legal advocacy group to pass legislation in multiple states, including Texas and California.