Lauren Wood is a partner at the Law Offices of Schurmer and Wood. She is a civil litigation attorney specializing in all types of plaintiffs’ personal injury and wrongful death matters. Ms. Wood has both trial and arbitration experience, as well as extensive experience settling cases through mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution. Her specialties include truck, automobile, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, premises liability, and construction accidents. Ms. Wood has negotiated numerous six and seven figure settlements for her clients.
Ms. Wood is an active member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice law in California state courts as well as the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Ms. Wood is actively involved in many local and statewide attorney organizations. Ms. Wood currently serves on the State Bar’s California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Board of Directors and will retain her seat on the board until 2018. She is the Secretary of the Ventura County Barristers and is a board member as well. In addition to board memberships, Ms. Wood is also a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the Ventura County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara County Barristers, Santa Barbara Young Professionals, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) and both the Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapters of the American Inns of Court.
Lauren Wood is a Board of Director of Los Angles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC). She serves as a co-chair on both the Golf Committee and the Website Committee and is a committee member of the Casino Night Committee as well as the Public Relations and Social Media Committee. LATLC is an entirely volunteer run 501c3 nonprofit organization whose officers and directors donate their time and resources to help make a positive difference in the quality of life for people within the greater Los Angeles Area, focusing on issues related to education, children, battered women, persons with disabilities, and the homeless. Ms. Wood is also an honorary board member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) as a result of her participation and her charitable contributions.
Ms. Wood is also vice-president, founding member and current board member of Ventura County Attorneys for a Cause (VCAC), a charitable organization that aims to provide support and financial assistance to families in need in Ventura County and to provide a vehicle for members in the legal profession to become actively involved in the needs of the community. She also volunteers by serving as a judge each year for the Ventura County Mock Trial competition.
In addition to her success both in and out of the courtroom, Lauren Wood has received numerous professional accolades. Ms. Wood has been named a 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star. Ms. Wood was also nominated by the Santa Barbara Young Professionals for the 2015 Santa Barbara Young Professional of the Year, an award that recognizes professional achievements as well as community involvement and volunteer work.
Prior to practicing at Schurmer & Wood, Ms. Wood worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity office in San Francisco. While in law school, Ms. Wood also clerked at Cooley Manion Jones Hake Kurowski, a former San Francisco toxic tort firm that specialized in asbestos defense. Ms. Wood began her personal injury career when she interned for plaintiff's personal injury litigation firm, Rahman Law, which specializes in automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and dog bites.
Lauren Wood received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. While in law school, Ms. Wood also studied at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in Paris, France.
Ms. Wood received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Global Peace and Security.