Chris is of Counsel to Lovein Ribman, P.C. He is a plaintiff personal injury trial lawyer, who represents injured individuals and their families throughout the United States. Chris was voted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) by his trial lawyer peers in 2012. (Less than 1% of all practicing lawyers throughout the country are admitted as ABOTA members.) He has devoted his entire legal career to helping families who have been impacted by catastrophic injuries and/or the death of a loved one.
Chris and his co-counsel recently obtained one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Placer County’s history when a jury compensated the Plaintiff $6.4 million.
Chris was instrumental in setting the standard for admissibility of medical expenses in trial across the State of California. His case Greer v. Buzgheia was affirmed and published in 2006 by the Third District Court of Appeal. The Greer case allows the plaintiff to introduce all of the medical expenses an injured victim is facing as opposed to limiting them to what was paid by health insurance.
Chris has also worked to protect police officers and fire personnel. His case Terry v. Garcia was published by the Third District Court of Appeal and confirms the independent negligence exception to the fireman’s rule. The Terry case confirms that when a police officer or fireman is responding to a call and is injured in the process by a third party, they can recover against that third party for their injuries as opposed to relying solely upon worker’s compensation benefits.
Chris is also serving as the Vice President of Education for the Consumer Attorneys of California. CAOC is a State wide organization that works to protect the right to a jury trial for the citizens of California.
Chris was raised just outside of Redding, California where he worked construction for his father growing up. He worked on weekends and summer breaks doing residential construction, commercial construction and industrial construction. Hard work was ingrained in him at a young age through the examples of his father’s hard work and dedication. These qualities have been invaluable to Mr. Wood as a trial lawyer because trying cases for victims requires an incredible amount of time and dedication to make sure that the victim has the very best representation.