Carolyn A.Woodson


Los Angeles +

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.


  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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.”