The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Cements Importance of Compliance Programs
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.