John F. Wood is senior vice president, chief legal officer, and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He leads the Chamber’s legal operations, representing the organization in legal disputes and overseeing the Office of the General Counsel. Wood also heads the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, an incorporated public policy law firm affiliated with the Chamber.
Wood has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He joined the Chamber from Hughes Hubbard & Reed, where he served as a partner. His practice focused on litigation, corporate compliance, internal investigations, and advocacy before government agencies.
Wood’s previous experience spans all three branches of government. He served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri; chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; deputy associate attorney general and counselor to the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice; and deputy general counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Wood was a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Clarence Thomas and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge J. Michael Luttig. He also was an aide to U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Harvard, where he served as articles chair for the Harvard Law Review.