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Gordon Woodward is a partner in the Litigation Department, Managing Partner of the Washington, DC Office, and Co-Chair of the firm’s Construction Industry Practice Group. His practice concentrates on litigation matters including construction, product liability, and related insurance coverage issues. In addition, Mr. Woodward has significant experience in several non-litigation areas including the drafting of construction contract documents, the preparation of complex insurance coverage opinions, and counseling nonprofit entities on governance and contractual matters.

 

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Community & Pro Bono

Mr. Woodward’s community and pro bono focus is on education, access to justice, and civil rights. He worked for many years with the National Black Child Development Institute, a national association dedicated to supporting educators and assuring educational opportunities to minority students.  After working with the organization for many years, Mr. Woodward was elected to the Board of Directors, where he served for nine years.  For three of these years, Mr. Woodward served as Second Vice-Chairman.  Regarding pro bono work, Mr. Woodward was very active in the prosecution of Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus actions and secured the release and resettlement of five individuals from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  Mr. Woodward is currently a member of the Screening Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) and actively screens cases for acceptance by the MAIP Panel.

Pro Bono Matters

  • Al-Sharekh v. Bush, 05-cv-583-RJL, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (involving two brothers).
  • Tumani v. Bush, 05-cv-526-RMU, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (involving a father and son).
  • Mattan v. Obama, 09-cv-745-RMU, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (involving a single individual).

As a result of these Guantanamo Bay representations, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has been recognized, along with a number of other law firms, with several awards including:

  • The 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights; and
  • The 2007 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

In 2009, the Firm honored Mr. Woodward with its Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award for work related to these Guantanamo Bay detention cases.

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors for the National Black Child Development Institute, 2008-2017
  • Second Vice-Chair, Board of Directors for the National Black Child Development Institute, 2011-2014

In 2017, The National Black Child Development Institute presented Mr. Woodward with its 2017 Distinguished Service Award – in recognition of nine years of commitment, service and leadership to NBCDI.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1995
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • Maryland, 1996
  • Virginia, 1998

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts for Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • The Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia
  • The Supreme Court of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI Insurance Law Committee, Member
  • CLM Construction Law Committee, Member
  • District of Columbia Defense Lawyers’ Association, Member
  • Civil Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Bar Associations for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Minnesota, Member

Other Distinctions

  • District of Columbia Pro Bono Honor Roll Recipient, 2012-2015, High Honors
  • Named a “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer” for insurance coverage, 2013-2016, 2018 
  • Named a “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer” for construction litigation, 2012
  • Recipient, Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 2009

Representative Matters

Litigation Practice

Mr. Woodward’s litigation experience involves jury trials as first and second chair, non-jury trials, as well as numerous arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Woodward’s representations include:

  • A National Real Estate Investment Trust
  • A national home builders on construction disputes in Maryland and Virginia.
  • A regional airline in personal injury and products liability litigation.
  • A manufacturer and retailer of printing equipment in personal injury actions and in contract actions involving financing agreements and the sale of equipment.

Counseling Practice

  • Insurance: Mr. Woodward has prepared numerous complex insurance coverage opinions; most significantly in the context of construction and aviation-related losses.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Mr. Woodward has advised nonprofit organizations [trade groups and charities] on a number of legal issues including corporate governance, contracts, and real estate matters. 

Matters

  • Firm manager for all products liability cases on the Baltimore asbestos docket, currently over 800 cases.
  • Advise and assist local Housing Authority in drafting numerous contracts with general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers. These contracts involved projects ranging in size from approximately $100,000 to $14,000,000. In addition, researched and advised on policy issues as well as the application of certain HUD requirements.
  • Global Aerospace, Inc. v. Landow Aviation, L.P., Consolidated Action No. 61040, Circuit Court for Loudoun County, Virginia (filed 2010). Member of team representing lead defendant in 500 million dollar action involving the 2010 collapse of the Dulles Jet Center at Washington Dulles International Airport. Court Liaison Counsel for coordination of action.
  • Graciano Corporation v. 222 Holding, LLC, No. 24-C-09-001452, Circuit Court for Baltimore City (filed 2009). Obtained summary judgment for plaintiff in 1.4 million dollar construction action involving extensive repairs to Baltimore City parking garage. Result reported Maryland’s leading legal publication The Daily Record, “Angelos Company Owes $1.4m for Repairs,” February 3, 2011, page 1. Decision sustained on appeal. 222 Holding, LLC v. Graciano Corporation, No. 2880, April 19, 2012, Maryland Court of Special Appeals (unreported opinion).
  • Guantanamo Bay Detention Cases – Successfully represented five Guantanamo Bay Detainees.
  • Jurkiewicz v. U.S. Home Corporation, No. 03-C-07000169, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland (filed 2007). Obtained complete defense verdict after five day jury trial in 2.1 million dollar action involving construction of storm water management system. Result reported Maryland’s leading legal publication The Daily Record, “Developer’s Stormwater System Did No Damage,” March 30, 2009, page 1.
  • Al-Abood v. El-Shamari, 71 F. Supp. 2d 511 (E.D. Va. 1999). Reported decision involving multi¬million dollar collection action – successfully protected assets of defendants.