“A nationally renowned expert on the taxation of legal awards.” – United States Tax Court

“The Section 104 guru” by Taxprof_blog, called a “must read” by the Wall Street Journal

Named among the top six tax lawyers in the United States by the Best of the U.S.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America by Woodward & White, 2006–2021 Editions

“Wood is a highly respected by many (including this writer) and a well published attorney” – Structured Settlements Blog

“A recognized expert on the taxation of damages and settlements,” – Tax Notes

“Noted tax attorney and frequent commentator on tax issues,” – Settlement Capital Blog

“Rely on an expert like Robert Wood,” – Settlement Capital Blog

“The preeminent authority for tax practitioners.” – Tax Notes

“One of the foremost experts in the world.” –

Judson Klein Award for “keen and imaginative intellect.”

Named “Best of Class” for tax lawyers by Best of the U.S., a rating service

Featured in BNA‘s 2006 Authorities Calendar

Named a Super Lawyer by Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine, 2005–2021 Editions

Named among America’s Best Lawyers by Forbes Magazine

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Elected to more than a dozen biographical publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in the West

Ranked in the top six tax lawyers in the country by United States Lawyer Rankings


“Wood’s treatise, ‘Taxation of Damage Awards & Settlement Payments,’ has long been the go-to guide for tax issues surrounding settlement and recovery . . . Each edition of this treatise makes the job easier for those regularly working on and near the frontline of litigation.” – San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals

“The treatise focuses on specific types of workers to analyze the appropriate classification of each.” – American Bar Association Section of Taxation

“Comprehensive scope and exhaustive detail.” – The M&A Tax Report

“An essential treatise for practitioners facing worker classification issues.” – Los Angeles Daily Journal

“Wood’s new treatise provides comprehensive analysis, clarity,
and constructive approaches and techniques.” – Lawrence B. Gibbs, former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Tax Notes

“A resource practitioners will turn to again and again.” – CCH

“Wood’s comprehensive and thoroughly researched work covers virtually every aspect and potential pitfall concerning the independent contractor status of today’s workers.” – David K. Colapinto, partner Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto, Tax Notes

“One of the most useful and timely treatises I have come across.” – Mark LeHocky, General Counsel, Ross Stores

“The leading treatise on the taxation of recoveries” – 25 Virginia Tax Review 415 (2005)

“Wood…the most prolific author in this area, has produced in the third edition a treatise that ties together and unifies a rich and diverse, but often conflicting and unsettled, area of tax law.” – The New York State Bar Association Journal

“A useful guide for tax lawyers, accountants, litigators, judges, law clerks, and law professors.” – AICPA’s Tax Adviser Magazine

“A needed addition to tax literature . . . Both the tax specialist and the general practitioner will find the book a helpful addition to their library . . . Treats these topics both comprehensively and comprehensibly . . . The extensive appendix, which contains a variety of forms of settlement agreements and related documents provides a good starting point for drafting some of the more common documents arising in the litigation context.” – Tax Notes

“The book is chock-full of planning tips and examples . . . It is highly recommended for both tax and non-tax practitioners.” – Corporate Taxation

“Useful practice tips.” – San Francisco Daily Journal

“Highly recommended . . . Eminently readable . . . Packed with illustrations from actual cases.” – The Journal of Taxation of Estates & Trusts

“Rob Wood has done it again . . . Whether you practice on Main Street or Wall Street or someplace in between, you should have this book in your library or on your bookshelf.” – Lawrence B. Gibbs, former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Tax Notes

“Provides specific coverage of different types of suits and tax ramifications of payments to both payor and payee . . . A good source of information.” – Management Accounting

“Fills the void for the practitioner (e.g., accountant, tax attorney, general or business litigator) grappling with this often confusing issue . . . Answers virtually every question a practitioner could have with regard to the tax treatment of judgments and settlement.” – San Francisco Attorney Magazine

“Wood’s treatise is an excellent reference for both tax and nontax practitioners who plan settlements or damage awards.” – Jonathan R. Flora, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Philadelphia, The M&A Tax Report

“Pulls together in one place the tax and non-tax considerations that employers and their advisors must evaluate.” – Tax Notes

“Features clear summaries of tax rules to assist the practitioner in planning to have the ultimate payment characterized to the client’s best advantage.” – The Recorder

“A comprehensive guide to litigation tax issues . . . The rules are summarized clearly, examples and tips are provided throughout to help practitioners get the best deal possible for their clients.” – California Lawyer Magazine

“Deftly covers all of these areas.” – ABA Section of Taxation News Quarterly

“Mr. Wood does an excellent job of educating the readers that recoveries from litigation in connection with securities fraud, derivative suits, breaches of contracts, and covenants not to compete have significant tax issues that impact the after-tax amount of the recovery realized by the plaintiff. Mr. Wood’s writing style makes the treatise easy-to-read, understandable and, most important, tremendously useful.” – Tax Notes

“A significant resource in a complex and pervasive area of the law . . . an indispensable resource for practitioners.” – CCH

“The most thorough legal compendium on the classification of workers . . . a highly readable handbook about this often misunderstood and increasingly contentious field.” – Tax Analysts & Advocates

“You will benefit from Robert Wood’s clearly written and detailed discussion.” – Wyoming Lawyer Magazine

“Wood’s newest book is a much needed resource in a much used area.” – The M&A Tax Report

“Professionals who work with QSFs will immediately recognize the value of Wood’s new 468B book.” – Pat Hindert of S2KM, in Beyond Structured Settlements

“Whether you are defense counsel or plaintiff counsel you will benefit from Robert Wood’s clearly written and detailed discussion.” – Wyoming State Bar Journal

“Wood is the preeminent expert on the taxation of settlements and judgments. His books and articles are must reads for those that practice on this area.” – Tax Notes

“A useful tool when confronting the thorny classification issue and its consequences.” – CCH

“This treatise accurately and completely explains the often ambiguous law.”

– Stephen J. Hirschfeld, Hirschfeld & Kraemer, LLP, San Francisco

“Whether you are a tax specialist, and contract preparer or senior counsel, this treatise provides the depth and breadth of discussion and analysis that we all need.” – Mark LeHocky, General Counsel, Ross Stores