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Education

  • LL.M., Emory University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., University of Delaware, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware

Memberships & Affiliations

The American College of Trial Lawyers
National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Steven P. Wood

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  • T: 302.984.6312
    F: 302.220.4616

Mr. Wood joins McCarter & English after serving for more than 30 years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ). He was the most senior and experienced trial attorney, lead prosecutor in hundreds of jury trials, including dozens of complex homicide cases, many of which garnered regional or national media coverage. Mr. Wood occasionally appeared before the Delaware Supreme Court during his tenure at DOJ and is a member of the Court’s Advisory Committee on the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence.

Mr. Wood is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of only 30 Delaware members of this national organization. He is an experienced trial advocacy instructor, having completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Teacher Training Program. He works extensively as a NITA instructor throughout the U.S. Mr. Wood frequently leads other lawyers and law students in discussions concerning trial technique topics including direct and cross examination, opening and closing statements, expert witnesses and evidence.   

Through his decades of service, Mr. Wood has extensive contacts within state government. From 1997 through 2000, he served as the chief prosecutor for New Castle County, and he has previously supervised the Felony Trial, Career Criminal and Felony Screening Units. He also served as DOJ’s legislative liaison to the Delaware General Assembly. His duties in that capacity included legislative drafting, analysis and advocacy. Mr. Wood headed DOJ’s Criminal Division as State Prosecutor from 2001 through 2007. He was assigned to the Homicide Unit from 2010 through 2016. Over the course of his career, he has developed a particular expertise in cases involving psychiatric and other medical or scientific defenses.

As an academic, Mr. Wood has been a member of the out-of-town faculty at the Emory University School of Law Trial Techniques Program since 1994, and he is a faculty adjunct at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law’s trial advocacy program. He has served as an instructor at trial techniques programs offered by the Widener University School of Law, the Hofstra University School of Law, Equal Justice Works, the International Society of Barristers, the Oakland County (MI) Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the New Jersey Office of Law Guardian, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the Florida Attorney General's Office, and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Speaking

10/29/17
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
10/13/17
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Publications

09/30/16