Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that Jeff Wood has joined the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section and Energy Section as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Wood previously served as an attorney for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), where he provided counsel on environmental, energy, transportation, maritime, agriculture and forestry issues for more than three years, working closely with members of Congress and federal agency officials.
“Jeff’s background and talents are the perfect complement to Balch’s strengths in environmental, energy and governmental relations issues,” said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner. “Our clients will benefit from his diverse legal, corporate and political experiences as well as his deep knowledge of complex regulatory issues at the federal level.”
Prior to serving as counsel for Sen. Sessions, Mr. Wood worked as an in-house corporate attorney for almost four years with Ingram Barge Company (IBCO) in Nashville, Tenn., the nation’s largest inland waterway transportation corporation. During his tenure at IBCO, Mr. Wood rose to the position of assistant general counsel and managed litigation in federal and state courts across the country, navigated complex regulatory issues and advised the corporation on environmental, maritime and homeland security issues.
While on Capitol Hill, Mr. Wood also served as the Republican staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air & Nuclear Safety in the 113th Congress and the Republican staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Water & Wildlife in the 112th Congress. Before his corporate and political work, Mr. Wood spent four years as an associate at Balch in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala. office.
“As talented as Jeff is in areas of law that are very important to our clients, he is also a hard-working lawyer of excellent character and a genuinely great guy. We are pleased to welcome him back to Balch,” said Steven G. McKinney, partner and chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section.
With more than 40 lawyers working exclusively on environmental and energy matters, Balch leads with its deep bench strength and extensive experience managing complex issues within these practice areas.
“Jeff’s experience providing counsel and advocacy in the energy industry and on Capitol Hill provides him with a unique perspective and relationships that will benefit our firm,” said M. Stanford Blanton, head of the Nuclear Practice. “He will be a terrific asset and will strengthen our practice.”
Mr. Wood is an active member of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy where he has served as a member of the Capitol Hill Chapter and was co-chair of the Nashville, Tenn. Chapter. He served as a member of its Environmental Practice Group Executive Committee and was an officer in the Birmingham, Ala. Chapter. Mr. Wood also previously served as the chair of the Homeland Security Committee for the ABA Section on Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources and has written numerous legal articles focusing on environmental issues.
“I am excited to return to the law firm where I began my career. Balch has a tremendous reputation across the nation for its environmental and energy practices,” said Jeff Wood, partner. “I grew a great deal as a lawyer by working inside a sophisticated company, as well as serving such a respected and accomplished lawyer as Sen. Sessions. I look forward to working with the firm’s clients to help them achieve their goals with the integrity, values and diligence that characterize Balch lawyers.”
Mr. Wood received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude. He also received his Bachelor of Science in economics and international affairs with a minor in Russian language from Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude. He is a member of the bar associations in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
Mr. Wood resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Anna, and their four children.
Mr. Wood has filed an application for admission to the D.C. Bar and as such, he is presently subject to Rule 49(c)(8) of the Rules of the D.C. Bar and is working under the supervision of a Balch & Bingham lawyer who is a member of the D.C. Bar. He is not a member of the D.C. Bar.