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Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman was founded in 1997 by David Wood, Kevin Smith, Stephen Henning, and Daniel Berman.
David Wood has over 30 years of trial and general litigation experience, specializing in environmental and product liability litigation. He has handled a wide variety of multi-party cases involving multi-million dollar exposure at the trial and appellate levels and is one of the leading environmental litigators in the country, handling cases in both federal and state courts. David has been part of numerous landmark cases in California, including most of the major Superfund claims in the State over the past 25 years. He also has conducted dozens of seminars and spoken throughout the country on a variety of litigation, case management and risk management issues.
David earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1967, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1968 and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1975. Read David’s full profile.
Kevin D. Smith is an active trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional life trying cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. In his 25 years of practice, Kevin has defended commercial, professional liability, product liability, transportation and catastrophic injury matters in state and federal courts. He has obtained victories on behalf of his clients in an impressive 94% of the cases he has tried. This has resulted in Kevin being elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and regularly honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer”.
Kevin earned a B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1980 and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983. Read Kevin’s full profile.
Nationally recognized for his results in complex construction and toxic tort litigation, Stephen J. Henning is also a prolific writer and speaker on these issues. Regularly representing Fortune 500 companies, as well as preeminent members of the business community, Steve has represented some of the nation’s largest residential and commercial builders, developers, investors, contractors and lenders. A skilled litigator, he has chaired three national litigation conferences focusing on construction and toxic torts. Steve serves as national coordinating counsel for multiple developers, home builders, property management companies and related businesses. In addition to his own legal practice, Steve is a member of the Board of Directors for both the March of Dimes and Alzheimer’s Association. He also is President of the Board of Governors for Levitt & Quinn, a public aid law firm that provides legal services to people in need.
Steve earned both a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Nebraska. Read Steve’s full profile.
Representing Fortune 500 companies, major US and foreign insurers and preeminent members of the business and real estate communities, Daniel Berman is a recognized authority in commercial and business litigation. His areas of expertise include the defense and prosecution of claims involving real estate, intellectual property, commercial and business disputes and construction-related issues. Dan has tried numerous cases to verdict, has served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator, and has served as monitoring and coordinating counsel for client matters litigated throughout the United States. In addition to his own practice, Dan has been intimately involved with the management of the firm from its inception, overseeing the firm’s strategic and financial operations. He currently serves as WSHB’s Firm Chairman.
Dan earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1989 and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1992. Read Dan’s full profile.