Meet the Attorneys
Robert Wood, Esq.
Robert Wood has been a Texas trial lawyer since 1993. During that time, he has represented small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies in business and employment litigation matters all over Texas and the United States. He has also advised and represented hundreds of individuals in business and employment litigation matters.
Wood is especially interested in litigation involving noncompete agreements and related tort claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Wood has represented many employers in enforcing noncompete agreements against former employees and ensuring that the employers’ common-law rights are protected.
Because of his extensive experience, Wood is able to give employers not only sound legal advice but also practical experience regarding the best way to handle a particular situation. Sometimes, the only way to deal with a particular situation is to commence or defend against litigation. Other times, a softer approach is called for. Wood is experienced with both approaches.
Wood has also handled litigation encompassing virtually every type of employment claim: race discrimination, national origin discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unpaid overtime, Sabine Pilot, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and defamation.
Wood has significant trial and appellate experience, having been involved in several jury trials and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Wood frequently advises employers on best practices in dealing with employee issues, including discipline and employee terminations. Wood drafts employment policies and agreements, including Texas non disclosure agreements, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.
Wood assists employers in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating executive and physician employment agreements.
Before starting his own law firm, Wood was a partner in three prestigious Dallas law firms. First, Wood was a partner with Dallas’ Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis, a labor and employment boutique, which was Dallas’ oldest law firm at the time. Later, Wood was a partner in the regional firm of Hughes & Luce. Finally, Wood was a partner in the international mega firm of K&L Gates.
Wood has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001. He was named by Thomson Reuters service, and printed in Texas Monthly magazine, as a “Rising Star” from 2006-2009 and a “Super Lawyer” in 2011-2015.
Areas Of Practice
- Noncompete Law
- Business Litigation
- Employment Law
Honors and Awards
- Texas Super Lawyer, 2011 – 2015 (a Thomson Reuters service)
Past Employment Positions
- Dallas’ Hughes & Luce
- International mega-firm of K&L Gates
Blake Edwards, Esq.
Blake Edwards is a trial lawyer focusing on complex business disputes. Named by Thompson Reuters service, and printed in Texas Monthly magazine, as a “Rising Star” from 2012-2013 as a top young lawyer in Texas, Blake has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout the state of Texas. Blake also has experience arbitrating complex business disputes.
Blake grew up in San Angelo, Texas, then attended Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude and number one in his major. Blake then graduated cum laude from Baylor University School of Law, where he received academic awards and served as an editor of the Baylor Law Review.
Following law school, Blake accepted a position at Hughes & Luce LLP, which then merged into K&L Gates LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country. During his more than 8 years at those firms, Blake had the privilege of working alongside some of the top lawyers in the United States, and obtained invaluable experience representing Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized companies, and individuals, all in a wide range of litigation matters. Although Blake was able to work on a variety of matters while at K&L Gates, he specialized in business litigation, routinely representing companies in litigation involving claims for breach of complex agreements, fraud, fraudulent inducement, and negligent misrepresentation. Blake’s business litigation experience includes representing clients in cases involving oil and gas agreements, purchase and sale agreements, tax agreements, licensing agreements, construction agreements, lease agreements, insurance agreements, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and non-disclosure agreements, among others.
Earlier this year, Blake decided to join his former colleague, Robert Wood, in forming the Wood Edwards Law Group. Blake formed his own firm to give his business clients more rate flexibility and to have the opportunity to protect the rights of catastrophically-injured individuals facing the difficult task of dealing with insurance companies and major corporations.
Areas Of Practice
- Noncompete Law
- Business Litigation
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- J.D. cum laude – 2005
- Law Review: Baylor Law Review
Texas A&M University
- B.S. summa cum laude – 2001
- Honors: Bonnie E. Brown Award, Political Science Department
- Honors: Highest GPA in Major
- Lost Punitive Damages – Where Have They Gone?, Professional Liability Litigation @lert, May, 2006
- What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Insurance Law, State Bar of Texas 29TH Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, August, 2006
- Warm-up speech, Texas Appellate Section, Dallas Bar Association, on the case Gonzalez v. McAllen Medical Center, June, 2006
Professional Associations And Memberships
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers