Carolyn Woodson is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who represents clients in high-stakes civil litigation. She advises clients from a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, construction, transportation, financial services, health care, and education. Carolyn's practice focuses on complex litigation and insurance coverage.
Carolyn represents clients in state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. She has successfully litigated complex business disputes asserting contract, tort, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Carolyn's class action practice has included defending against class action claims relating to data security, unfair competition, false advertising, and antitrust allegations and against claims seeking billions of dollars in damages.
Carolyn's insurance litigation practice involves representing policyholders in insurance recovery and bad faith disputes. 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 a former member of the board of governors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the former co-chair of the American Bar Association Business Torts, Fraud Subcommittee.
Missouri Court Finds That “Ineffective” Reservation of Rights Letters May Support Bad Faith Recovery Even in the Absence of Coverage, Insurance Recovery Advocate Blog
Major Reform of British Insurance Law on the Horizon, Risk
- March 9, 2023
Presented at the 9th Annual California Construction Law conference on the issues of “Crisis Management - When Bad Things Happen on a Construction Project” and “Deconstructing the Reconstructed California Public Records Act in the Context of Construction Projects and Litigation.”
- University of Southern California (J.D. 2006; Editor, Hale Moot Court Honors Program; Member, USC National Moot Court Competition team); Emory University (B.A. in Political Science 2002)
- California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
Recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 40 Insurance Lawyers Under 40" in the state of California (2013-2019)
Selected as a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers (2012-2019)