Expertise and in-depth legal insight across a range of practice areas.
Twenty Years of Leadership, Diversity & Success.
In 1997, four veteran trial lawyers created Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman. They started with two offices in Southern California and a handful of associates and staff. David Wood, Kevin Smith, Steve Henning and Dan Berman had a vision for a firm that would outperform its peers, combining excellence in trial practice with fair rates and efficient management. The four founding partners also believed in building a firm benefiting the communities in which it practiced and providing opportunities for a growing and diverse workforce.
By embracing new technology and systems, and unencumbered by outmoded tradition, WSHB expanded rapidly, first to Northern California in 2000 and then to Las Vegas in 2003. Between 2005 and 2015, WSHB added more than 100 lawyers and 13 offices, expanding first throughout the Southwest and then through all four corners of the country. The firm now has over 300 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles, Glendale, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, Northern California, Central California, Ventura County, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego, Portland, Denver, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Georgia, Chicago, New York, Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, North Carolina, and Dallas.
By 2015, Law360 recognized WSHB as one of the 250 largest law firms in the Nation. The rapid growth which marked the beginning of the firm continues to this day. WSHB moved up 47 spots in Law360’s most recent survey, reflecting the fastest non-merger growth by any of the top 400 firms.
The growth of the firm has not been limited to the number of attorneys hired or the opening of new locations. Starting with a strong foundation in construction, general liability defense, transportation and products liability, WSHB has moved into a diverse range of practice areas, including environmental, toxic tort, employment, professional liability and medical malpractice, subrogation, insurance and commercial litigation.
Growth is possible because of the results we obtain for clients. We offer world-class representation, with a focus on small to middle market firms, across a comprehensive range of practice areas. Through decades of experience and in-depth legal knowledge, we anticipate problems, seize opportunities and get cases resolved. We also focus on diversity – in our attorneys, our practice areas and our approach to cases. This wide-ranging perspective leads to innovative strategies that yield efficient, successful results. Our peers have noticed, too. WSHB was nominated for the 2015 Managing Partners’ Forum Awards for Management Excellence in the “Best Managed National Firm” category.
Contact us and discover why WSHB’s clients have always been the reason for our success.