F.W. Woods, Jr. is an attorney who handles civil and criminal trials. Mr. Woods is a trial lawyer who has extensive courtroom experience handling high-profile criminal cases as well as complex civil trials, serious personal injury cases and multi-country international business transactions.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Woods served as a legislative intern and CBCF Fellow to Congressman James Clyburn D-SC, (Currently Majority Whip) in the United States House of Representatives. Subsequently, Mr. Woods was appointed as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald Beatty, (Currently Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court) before joining the law firm of Lowery, Thompson and King in Anderson, South Carolina. In May, 1997, Mr. Woods co-founded the law firm of Konohia Woods and later established The Law Office of Fred Woods Jr., with offices located in Greenville, South Carolina. During that time, for more than a decade, Mr. Woods also served as “of counsel” to law firms in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C., handling federal and state cases. In South Carolina, the law firm grew and expanded and is now known as The Woods Law Firm with main offices located in Greenville, South Carolina and two (by appointment only) satellite offices in Columbia, Beaufort-Hilton Head, South Carolina.
In the litigation area, Mr. Woods has negotiated million dollar personal injury settlements for his clients and has conducted criminal and civil jury trials in 42 out of 46 counties in South Carolina. He has served as chief counsel, of-counsel or co-counsel in high value and controversial cases throughout South Carolina. Mr. Woods also volunteers his time to represent children who are caught in the juvenile justice system escape the cycle of incarceration and despair. He represents these children “pro-bono” or “free of charge” because he believes that children that are given opportunity and direction can lead healthy and productive lives and become success stories rather than sad statistics.
Mr. Woods has been featured as a guest commentator on Radio and TV on legal and political issues and has been a guest lecturer at 12 universities and colleges. He is a political fundraiser and economic activist who has served on the boards of various charities through the years and as legal counsel to community groups. He currently serves on the board of the redevelopment authority, an agency which provides affordable housing to low income residents.