Carolyn A.Woodson


Los Angeles +

Carolyn Woodson is an experienced litigator who represents clients in high-stakes litigation. She advises clients from a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, credit reporting, railroad, telecommunications, financial services, health care, construction, and entertainment. Carolyn's practice focuses on business disputes, class action defense, and insurance coverage.

Carolyn represents clients in a variety of complex business disputes and maintains an active class action practice. She has defended cases seeking billions of dollars in damages and alleging class action claims involving data security, unfair competition, labor and employment, false advertising, and antitrust allegations.

Carolyn's insurance practice emphasis is on representing policyholders in insurance recovery and bad faith litigation. She has helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars for insurance claims involving various types of coverage, such as general liability, professional liability, product liability, property, and municipal liability.

Carolyn has been repeatedly recognized as a "Rising Star" by the publishers of Los Angeles magazine and as a "Top 40 Insurance Lawyer Under 40" in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates. She is on the board of governors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Carolyn is also a former co-chair of the American Bar Association Business Torts, Fraud Subcommittee.


  • LAUSD secures trial victory in Los Angeles Superior Court against its insurersJones Day represents Los Angeles Unified School District ("LAUSD") in seeking insurance coverage from multiple insurers in connection with highly-publicized claims against LAUSD that it negligently hired, retained, and supervised a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, who allegedly abused students, and for which the School District paid more than $180 million to settle claims.
  • Experian defends against series of nationwide class actions after breach of T-Mobile applicant dataJones Day defended Experian in series of nationwide class actions after breach of T-Mobile applicant data held by Experian company Decisioning Solutions, Inc.
  • Union Pacific obtains complete dismissal of employment class actionOn behalf of Union Pacific Railroad Company, Jones Day obtained dismissal of a class action lawsuit alleging that Union Pacific had violated California Labor Code Section 604, which limits the hours worked by train dispatchers.
  • Sammons settles bad faith claims against Federal Insurance CompanyJones Day represented Sammons Financial Group as lead counsel in a Iowa federal bad faith coverage action seeking coverage for defense costs incurred in defending underlying annuity sales practice class actions.
  • Union Pacific Railroad defends against rail freight fuel surcharge antitrust class actionJones Day is representing Union Pacific Railroad Company in multi-district antitrust litigation involving claims of an alleged conspiracy among the major U.S. freight railroads to fix fuel surcharges.
  • Union Pacific Railroad defends against various conspiracy claims by OxbowJones Day is defending Union Pacific Railroad Company in an action pending in DC District Court involving alleged conspiracy claims relating to coal and petroleum coke shipments.