ProfessionalsJulia Tarver Mason Wood
A partner in the Litigation Department, Julia Tarver Mason Wood handles a wide array of matters, including product liability, securities, bankruptcy, patent, and antitrust litigation. She has also done pro bono work in the area of the death penalty.
A courtroom veteran, Julia has conducted or participated in trials in federal and state courts around the country. She has tried multiple jury, bench, and arbitration cases to verdict, while helping to settle others on the eve or in the midst of trial. In addition, she has argued complex appellate matters before U.S. courts of appeal.
Julia’s significant representations include:
- AbbVie as lead trial counsel in more than 4,000 product liability lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who alleged that they suffered serious adverse side effects as a result of their use of AndroGel, the nation’s leading testosterone replacement therapy;
- The Citco Group, the world’s largest hedge fund administrator, in a summary judgment victory days before trial in a $220 million lawsuit filed by three Louisiana state pension funds;
- Credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, in numerous lawsuits arising from the collapse of the U.S. mortgage-backed securities market, including the successful dismissal of lawsuits asserting negligence-based claims against Fitch;
- Citigroup in:
- its Lehman-related litigation, including a five-month bench trial before a U.S. bankruptcy court Judge in the Southern District of New York;
- an antitrust putative class action brought on behalf of purchasers of interest rate swaps pending in a multi-district litigation based in the Southern District of New York; and
- its Enron-related litigation, including nationwide class action litigation arising out of Enron’s collapse, as well as in U.S. bankruptcy court defending against avoidance actions;
- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state’s public utility regulator, in a lengthy bankruptcy trial involving an alternative plan for the Chapter 11 reorganization of utilities giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E);
- Global insurer AIG in its multi-billion dollar federal antitrust, securities class action and derivative cases;
- Mastercard in preparation for a multi-billion dollar federal antitrust trial arising from claims lodged by rival credit card company Discover;
- Medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations;
- Prominent law and accounting firms in sensitive, high profile matters;
- Large corporate and individual clients in high-profile government investigations; and
- International clients in arbitration worldwide.
Julia’s opinions have been sought by numerous television news programs and respected magazines, newspapers and journals, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, American Lawyer, the New York Law Journal, CBS News and Fox News, among others. She is a frequent public speaker at various bar association events, including at American Bar Association conferences, the American Society of International Law, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Columbia Law School and others.
Julia served as managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded Columbia Law School’s two highest prizes for trial advocacy. She is a former secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Capital Punishment. In 2000, Julia received the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Gideon Award for her representation of attorneys in a lawsuit challenging New York’s capital counsel fees. She has since been honored for her pro bono representation of detainees held at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.