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Tammy S. Wood

Tammy Wood is the Chair of the Litigation Section at Bell Nunnally. She concentrates her practice on civil, commercial and labor and employment litigation. She handles commercial trials, arbitrations and appeals in representing corporate entities, individuals and governmental entities in cases involving various industries and businesses, including telecommunications, manufacturing, insurance, health care, food products, oil and gas, SaaS, advertising, retail, food service, security services, trucking, construction, franchising, real estate, debt servicing, and high technology. She regularly seeks and obtains, or successfully defends against, claims for injunctive relief on behalf of her clients, including claims involving unfair competition, breaches of non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She has first chair jury trial, bench trial and arbitration experience.

In the labor and employment realm, she defends companies in discrimination and retaliation cases, at the administrative agency level and in state and federal actions. She has defended companies and public entities in employment discrimination claims involving sexual harassment, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability and retaliation, including workers' compensation claim retaliation. She also defends companies against Fair Labor Standards Act claims.

She also represents fiduciaries in litigation in the probate courts involving trusts and estates, including will contests, motions for accounting, and suits to remove fiduciaries.

Tammy also defends companies who are not subscribers to the Texas Workers' Compensation system against tort claims brought by employees and defends major utility companies in suits regarding right-of-way and easement issues and in tort and contract claims brought by customers and contractors.


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Texas Woman's University, 1990


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Tax Court
Representative Matters
  • Tried arbitrations and obtained awards in favor of companies she defended against race, disability and sexual harassment claims.
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict in defense of a workers' compensation retaliation claim.
  • Headed a trial team in a weeklong trial against the Internal Revenue Service in United States Tax Court, in which she represented two individuals seeking statutory recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs from the government.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in extensive state and federal court litigation involving the interpretation and constitutionality of municipal fee agreements and ordinances and ultimately obtained a judgment on behalf of the company against one of the largest cities in Texas.
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict for a telecommunications company in a case involving claims for breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, fraud and negligent misrepresentations and upheld the verdict on appeals through the Texas Supreme Court level.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in a lawsuit alleging software defects, resulting in a summary judgment in favor of her client on some issues prior to trial and a settlement in favor of her client on other issues during the jury trial of the case.
  • Obtained a federal bankruptcy court summary judgment upholding the terms of a settlement agreement on behalf of one of the world’s largest oil field services companies.
  • Named “Best Mentor” by Texas Lawyer, 2020
  • Featured in Best Lawyers®’ Texas' Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America®, 2016-2022
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyer®, 2013-2017
  • Named one of the "Top Business-Defense Lawyers in North Texas," Dallas Business Journal's The Defenders, May 2010
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2004-2007
  • AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
Activities & Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Woman Advocate Committee, WAC Website, Audio Content & Practice Pointers Subcommittee
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Women Empowered to Lead (DBA WE Lead), Mentor
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Barrister:  Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court (2009-2011)
  • Advisory Board Member:  Educational Opportunities, Inc. (non-profit organization / scholarships and mentorship to students based on financial need and potential for future success)
  • Pro Bono Volunteer:  Human Rights Initiative, Inc. (representation of political asylum refugees) and Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Veteran's Clinic

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