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Ms. Woods is an attorney in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex commercial and "bet the company" litigation, including antitrust, class actions, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, international and other contracts, finance disputes, fraud, RICO and other business disputes.

Ms. Woods has represented several financial institutions, holding companies, broker/dealers, accounting firms, private businesses and health care providers in complex litigation, involving mergers, asset transfers, transactions related to IPOs, the sale of stock, annuities, debentures or other securities. Ms. Woods frequently advises companies and individuals with respect to antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antibribery matters, False Claims Act, bank regulatory and other compliance issues. Ms. Woods has also handled several large ERISA and discrimination matters (including issues of age, race, gender and religion) for a variety of organizations and companies. She represents religious organizations in First Amendment and other disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Advised numerous clients with respect to alleged antitrust and antibribery matters under federal and state laws and related compliance counseling.
  • Defended class actions or similar litigation involving subprime lending transactions, banking services, initial public offerings (pharmaceuticals, electronics), price fixing (ready mixed concrete, health care services), pay day loan industry, life insurance (ERISA issues, sale of third party insurance contracts), among others.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all fraud related claims and dismissal of case as a discovery sanction in dispute involving international sale of manufacturing assets.  Resolved alleged fraud and other claims in connection with sale of long term care facilities.
  • Obtained successful settlements for officers or directors in numerous disputes involving alleged sale of unregistered securities or other breaches of state or federal securities laws.
  • Obtained summary judgment on Section 1 and 2 Sherman Antitrust Act claims in dispute involving a health care practice and hospital merger and exclusive services agreements. This case involved extensive Daubert briefing at the trial and appellate levels.
  • Assisted major international accounting firm and financial services providers in responding to regulatory inquiries of behalf of a national bank with respect to Patriot Act, alleged money laundering and related bank regulatory matters.
  • Represented major international accounting firm  and bank against RICO and fraud claims, obtaining partial summary judgments and/or favorable settlement of remainder of claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment on various Constitutional and other claims in two school uniform cases; represented religious organizations in several disputes involving First Amendment issues.

Counsel Of Record In The Following

  • Maislin Industries, U.S., Inc. v. Primary Steel, Inc., 497 U.S. 116 (1990)
  • Banco Del Atlantico, S.A. v. Woods, et al., 519 F.3d. 350 (7th Cir. 2008)
  • Kochert v. Greater Lafayette Health Services, Inc. et al., 463 F.3d. 710 (7th Cir. 2006) (oral argument); cert. denied, 127 S.Ct. 1328 (2007); Kochert v. Greater Lafayette Health Services, Inc., et al., 372 F. Supp. 2d 509 (N.D. Ind. 2004) (oral argument)
  • Indiana Civil Liberties Union v. O’Bannon, 259 F.3d 766 (7th Cir. 2001)
  • Piscione v. Ernst & Young LLP, 171 F.3d 527 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Wade v. Hopper, 993 F.2d 1246 (7th Cir. 1993) (oral argument)
  • Derry v. Marion Community Schools, et al., Slip Op., 2008 WL (N.D. Ind. 2008) (oral argument)
  • Bell v. Anderson Community Schools, Slip Op., 2007 WL 2265067 (S.D.Ind., 2007) (oral argument)
  • Banco Del Atlantico, S.A. v. Stauder, et al., 2005 WL 1925830 (S.D. Ind. 2005)
  • Team Scandia, Inc. v. Greco, 6 F. Supp. 2d 795 (S.D. Ind. 1998)
  • Western Bulk Carriers (Aust.) Pty., Ltd. v. P.S. Int’l Inc., 164 B.R. 616 (S.D. Ind. 1994) (oral argument)

Indiana Supreme Court and Other Indiana Courts

  • Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Inc. et al. v. OPC, Inc., et al., 973 N.E.2d 1099 (Ind. 2012) (oral argument)
  • In re Thomsen, 837 N.E.2d 1011 (Ind. 2005)
  • In re Hailey, 792 N.E.2d 851 (Ind. 2003)
  • Livingston v. Fast Cash, U.S.A., Inc., 737 N.E.2d 1155 (Ind. 2001) (oral argument)
  • Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Wills, 717 N.E.2d 151 (Ind. 1999) (oral argument)
  • Crider v. Crider, 15 N.E.3d 1042 (Ind. App. 2014) (appearance for intervening corporate parties)
  • Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Inc. et al. v. OPC, Inc., et al., 940 N.E.2d 1188 (Ind. App. 2010) (oral argument), trans. granted by 973 N.E.2d 1099 (Ind. 2012)
  • LHT Capital LLC v. Indiana Horse Racing Commission, 895 N.E.2d 124, 2008 WL 4663362 (Ind. App. October 23, 2008), reh’g denied; LHT Capital LLC v. Indiana Horse Racing Commission, 891 N.E.2d 646, 2008 WL 3102224 (Ind. App. 2008)
  • Butcher v. Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails, 779 N.E.2d 946 (Ind. App. 2002)
  • In re Remonstrance Appealing Ordinance Nos. 98-004, et al., 769 N.E.2d 622 (Ind. App. 2002)
  • Fuehrer v. Storm, 737 N.E.2d 767 (Ind. App. 2000)
  • Tyson v. State, 593 N.E.2d 1975 (Ind. 1992) (with Alan Dershowitz); Tyson v. State, 626 N.E.2d 682 (Ind. App. 1993); Tyson v. State, 619 N.E.2d 276 (Ind. App. 1993)
  • Jackson v. DeFabis, 553 N.E.2d 1272 (Ind. App. 1990)

Professional Associations

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Neutrals for Large and Complex Cases; Commercial Cases; Consumer Cases, 1994-present
  • International Center for Dispute Resolution, Member, 2000-present
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, E-Discovery Pilot Program, Co-Chair Ethics Task Force, 2017-present
  • St. Richard's Episcopal School, Board of Trustees, 2007-2012
  • Indianapolis Opera, Board of Directors, 2009-2016 (President, 2014-2016)
  • Indiana University School of Law, John S. Grimes Trust, Trustee, 1992-present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Indiana Practice and Procedure, Volumes 7, 8 and 8A, Uniform Commercial Code (West), Author, 2003-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Distinguished Fellow
  • Indiana Commission for Women, Torchbearer Award Finalist, 2008, 2010
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2003-2016, 2019-2021
  • Indiana Super Lawyers Top 25 Women Lawyers and Indiana Top 50 Lawyers, 2006-2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - 2020 & 2022 Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in Indianapolis
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - 2014 Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Indianapolis
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association - 100 Best Trial Lawyers, 2012-present
  • Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law - Distinguished Barrister, 2013


  • Indiana State Law Chapter of the American Bar Association's 2019 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments (Second), Contributing Author


  • J.D., cum laude, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1987
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1978
  • B.A. in Anthropology, magna cum laude, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1974

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana (1987)
  • Indiana Supreme Court and all other Indiana state courts (1987)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2014)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit (2003)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (2008)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit (1989)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (1987)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (1987)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2014)