L. Lin Wood
Lucian Lincoln “Lin” Wood Jr. (born October 19, 1952) is an American attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for representing Richard Jewell, the security guard falsely accused in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta in 1996. Wood’s representation of Jewell helped transform him from a personal injury lawyer to a nationally known defamation lawyer.
Following his graduation from Mercer University School of Law in 1977, Wood worked for decades as a personal injury lawyer, focusing on medical malpractice litigation. He would later gain fame as a celebrity lawyer with a specialization in defamation lawsuits.
In addition to his representation of Richard Jewell, Wood represented the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, among other famous clients. He also represented former U.S. Congressman Gary Condit and Republican political candidate Herman Cain, defending both men from charges of sexual and other misconduct.
Wood was the lead attorney in Nicholas Sandmann’s defamation suit against The Washington Post. Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, was a party to the January 2019 Lincoln Memorial confrontation. The suit was settled in July 2020 with an unspecified amount paid out to Sandmann.
In December 2019 Wood lost a multi-million defamation case for Vernon Unsworth against Elon Musk who had branded him a “pedo guy”. The case was lost because the jury felt that Musk’s tweet did not properly identify Unsworth, as he was not mentioned by name.
In July 2020, Wood was retained to represent Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, who was fired for appearing in a video making false claims about COVID-19.
In August 2020, Wood volunteered to work on the defense team for Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old charged with homicide for shootings during the Kenosha protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake.