Practices
Industries
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1986, cum laude
  • The University of Texas at Austin, 1976, English Literature and Art History
  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1974, Journalism, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1986
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas, 1988
Languages
Stephen A. Wood
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Partner
swood@thompsoncoe.com
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Austin
701 Brazos
Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701
512-703-5033 direct  |  512-708-8777 fax
Assistant:
Becky Shafer
512-703-5037 direct
bshafer@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

Steve Wood is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in civil litigation in construction law.

He has represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in a number of complex, multi-party, high stakes cases.

In all of these cases, Steve’s focus is to investigate promptly, evaluate early, and then provide practical, cost-effective advice to the client.

Representative Experience

  • Defended an architectural firm against design claims arising from a fatality accident in a parking garage.
  • Defended an architectural firm against design claims based on water intrusion and foundation problems in a commercial building.
  • Defended a large, regional general contractor against construction defect claims by municipality related to a large water treatment facility.
  • Won a jury verdict in favor of a regional construction company against claims that inadequate safety measures by the general contractor caused an accident that seriously injured a worker.
  • Defended a civil engineering company against claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Defended a large civil engineering firm against claims that defective design work caused property damage and adverse environmental impact.
  • Defended a major architectural firm against claims by the University of Texas System that two large campus buildings were improperly designed.
  • Defended a masonry subcontractor against claims that defective construction work caused widespread damage to a office condominium buildings.
  • Defended a structural engineering firm against claims that the design of a condominium project was deficient from a structural standpoint.
  • Defended a paving subcontractor against claims that a retaining wall was constructed improperly and undermined the structural integrity of the entire project.
  • Defended a regional civil engineering firm against serious personal injury claims based on the electrocution of a construction worker.
  • Defended a regional architectural firm against claims that improper specification of waterproofing material led to pervasive water damage and mold in an elementary school building.

Professional and Community Activities
  • Volunteer Legal Services – free representation of low-income clients (1988 to present)
  • Barton Oaks Neighborhood Association