Wood, Paul R.

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Address: 14426 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
Lawyer Firm: Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C.
Phone: 303-647-5932
Fax: 303-759-5203
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Website: http://fdazar.com

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"I view a case in the context of a client’s overall business rather than as an isolated event so that I can better understand and explain why the events occurred."

Paul Wood thrives on securing positive results for his clients and, over the course of his 30 years of practice, clients have come to expect these satisfying outcomes. He has successfully prosecuted and defended complex commercial and employment cases for clients in 17 states. Paul has represented securities broker/dealers and other financial service firms before FINRA and in court on a wide range of claims, including customer complaints, fraud, raiding and recruitment, and protocol compliance. His deep knowledge of the securities industry allows him to formulate effective strategies based on a client’s overall business goals, not just the facts of a particular case. His extensive experience in a broad range of complex commercial cases allows him to aggressively pursue the strategy to resolution. Paul has represented companies in the oil and gas, banking, telecommunications, real estate, manufacturing and securities industries, as well as accounting firms and other professional service providers. He has litigated valuation and accounting issues related to public and private companies. His experience allows him to quickly grasp and understand the complexities of his clients’ businesses.

Key Matters

•Defended broker-dealer in FINRA case involving raiding claim in which broker dealer in Bozeman, Montana, hired 95 percent of a competitor’s branch office. After two-week arbitration, claimant received less than 20 percent of damages claimed.•Defended broker-dealer in FINRA case involving raiding claim where broker dealer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hired 95 percent of a competitor’s branch office. Claimant settled for less than 10 percent of demand.•Obtained preliminary injunction in Maricopa County, Arizona, District Court against former broker who violated the protocol when he changed firms.•Successfully defended broker dealer against customer fraud suit in five day jury trial in District Court for the City and County of Denver, Colorado.•Defense verdict in favor of a broker-dealer and one of its employees on fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from the recommendation of an investment strategy to multiple plaintiffs. Securities Fraud Case, FINRA Arbitration, Raleigh, North Carolina.•Defense verdict in favor of a broker-dealer and one of its officers on fraud claims arising from the purchase of collateralized mortgage obligations by an FDIC-insured bank. Securities Fraud Case, FINRA Arbitration, Los Angeles, California.•Successfully defended a NASDAQ-listed company against state and federal securities fraud claims based in part on alleged accounting improprieties. Defense verdict after a one-week arbitration in which the claimants sought more than $5 million in damages. Securities Fraud Case, American Arbitration Association.•Obtained a fraud verdict in the amount of $1.2 million in favor of the bank against a borrower who signed a promissory note with no intention of paying it after a five day jury trial. Successfully defended the bank against lender liability counterclaims. Bank Fraud Case, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.•Obtained defense verdict in $5 million lender liability lawsuit and $200,000 judgment on fraud counterclaim after three-week jury trial. Lender Liability Case, District Court for Arapahoe County of Denver, Colorado.•Successfully defended mortgage originator against demand by bank to repurchase $11 million in loans as a result of negligence in processing applications in four-day bench trial. Mortgage Case, District Court for the City and County of Denver, Colorado.•Obtained dismissal of shareholder derivative claims alleging violation of Sarbanes-Oxley Act against officers and directors of public company; settled case for less than 10 percent of demand. Shareholder Derivative Case, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.•Successfully defended CEO of bankrupt technology company from claims of fraud and malfeasance by creditor. Business Fraud Case, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin•Obtained summary judgment in favor of company where its director of human resources used racial slur when describing her subordinate and successfully defended appeal to Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Race Discrimination Case,U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.•Successfully defended employer against wrongful discharge/ADEA claim in five-day jury trial. Age Discrimination Case, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.•Successfully defended a hospital in a breach of contract case brought by one of its physicians. Obtained a defense verdict after a one-week jury trial, and received an award of attorney’s fees against the plaintiff in the amount of $150,000. Employment Contract Case, District Court for the City and County of Denver, Colo.

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