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Wood, Stephen

Stephen Q. Wood

Direct Tel: 801-515-7305, Direct Fax: (801) 515-7400

Salt Lake City, Utah 

Stephen Wood is the managing partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City Office.  Mr. Wood is a highly regarded trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in both trial and appellate courts in cases throughout the United States.  His practice focuses on corporate governance and commercial contract disputes. He is an expert in corporate fiduciary duties, successfully representing clients in cases involving shareholder derivative actions, internal board disputes, and ERISA class actions.  Mr. Wood’s clients also turn to him to help solve their most difficult corporate management problems including internal investigations, executive/founder departure disputes, corporate raids by competitors, and trade secret misappropriation by departing employees. Clients routinely praise Mr. Wood’s ability to understand the needs of the business as a whole and effectively resolve disputes before they pose a larger threat.

Mr. Wood is active in international legal scholarship, including both as a member of the International Bar Association and publishing in the American Journal of Comparative Law and in legal journals in Brazil. He is a proud supporter of the Utah Minority Bar Association. Outside of work, he is an avid adventurer with his wife and three daughters, hiking, skiing, climbing, flyfishing and racing mountain bikes.

  • Matney v. Barrick Gold of N. Am., 80 F.4th 1136 (10th Cir. 2023)
  • Disability L. Ctr. v. SG Boulevard Multifamily LLC, No. 2:23-CV-00146, 2023 WL 7343567, at *1 (D. Utah Nov. 7, 2023)
  • Angel Inv'rs, LLC v. Garrity, 216 P.3d 944 (Utah 2009)
  • Hahnel v. Duchesne Land, LC, 305 P.3d 208, 209 (Utah App. 2013)
  • Velocity Press v. Key Bank, NA, 570 Fed. Appx. 783 (10th Cir. 2014)
  • In re Renewable Energy Dev. Corp., 792 F.3d 1274 (10th Cir. 2015)
  • Ellis-Hall Consultants v. Pub. Serv. Commn., 379 P.3d 1270, 1271 (Utah 2016)
  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
    • Moot Court Competition, Finalist
    • Moot Court Nation Team, Member
  • Brigham Young University
  • (B.A., Political Science, 2001)
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of Utah
  • California Supreme Court
  • Utah Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals:
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • District of Utah
    • Central District of California
  • Wood Balmforth LLC:
    • Partner, 2008-2018
  • Ranked by Lawdragon 500 for Energy Litigation, 2024
  • Firm Memorandum: New York State Gaming Commission Conditionally Approves Proposed Sports Wagering Regulations, (February 2019).
  • Whither the Precautionary Principle? An American Assessment from an Administrative Law Perspective, Supplement, 54 Am. J. Comp. L. 581 (2006).
  • The American Experience with Age Discrimination through the Lens of Nine Supreme Court Cases (2004-2009), 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 377 (2010).
  • Agências reguladoras e o fenômeno da captura (Regulatory agencies and the capture phenomenon), José Carlos de Oliveira, Augusto M. Perez Filho, Stephen Q. Wood, PENSAR, Revista de Ciências Jurídicas, v. 17 n. 1 , pg. 195. (2012).
  • Utah State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Reuben Clark Law Society
  • American Inns of Court
  • Order of the Barristers