Lisa Wood has over 27 years of experience handling complex business litigation, principally in the areas of securities fraud, accountants liability, and antitrust. In recognition of her effectiveness as an antitrust litigator and business counselor, Lisa has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts SuperLawyers and Chambers USA, which cited her as "one of the top litigators in Boston."
Lisa’s client representation reflects the breadth of her litigation practice. She has represented many different accounting firms, including the “Big Four” and other national, regional and local firms, in securities and accounting malpractice claims, and in regulatory investigations by the SEC, IRS, PCAOB and other federal and state authorities. She also advises numerous “Fortune 500” public companies and many local
privately held companies in federal securities and antitrust litigations, and in government investigations by the FTC, Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and SEC.
Corporate governance matters are a special focus of Lisa’s practice. She assists the audit committees of public companies with internal investigations, whistleblower complaints and SEC investigations, and also advises individual public company officers and directors in federal securities litigation, SEC investigations and internal investigations. In addition, Lisa represents public companies and special board of director committees in corporate litigation in the Delaware Chancery Court and elsewhere, including claims arising out of going-private transactions, acquisitions and changes in control.
In the financial industry Lisa helps mutual funds, hedge funds, and other institutional investors evaluate and pursue securities fraud claims, and is currenlty advising a number of clients on claims arising out of the credit crisis. Broker dealer firms turn to her for guidance in federal securities and other regulatory matters.
Lisa routinely advises clients on the many insurance coverage issues that arise out of business litigation and offers preventative litigation and corporate compliance advice in the securities and antitrust areas. Reflecting her corporate governance emphasis, she is a member of Chartis’ select list of counsel for securities and corporate claims covered by D&O insurance policies written by Chartis.
In addition to her corporate work, Lisa has handled many complex trusts and estates litigation matters involving will contests, will and trust interpretation, cy pres requests, inter-family disputes, guardianships, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. She is regularly appointed as a guardian ad litem by the Boston Juvenile Court in abuse cases involving children with special educational needs and, earlier in her career, handled special education and student rights litigation for many suburban school systems.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag LLP, Lisa was a litigation partner and co-chair of the Financial Litigation and Antitrust Groups of another major Boston law firm.