Douglas Wood has been defending people in criminal cases for nearly 35 years. After being admitted to practice law in 1977, he joined the elite ranks of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service as a trial attorney. From 1977 to 1984, he handled hundreds of criminal cases for the Public Defender Service, including traffic and DUI charges, juvenile matters, misdemeanors and serious felonies.

In 1985, Mr. Wood entered private practice, forming the litigation firm of Roberts & Wood in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he continues to handle criminal cases in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. His cases range from minor misdemeanors, such as traffic and simple drug cases; to the most complex felonies, including rape, robbery and murder.

Mr. Wood is widely recognized as one of the top criminal defense attorney’s in the D.C. metropolitan area. In a January, 2000 article entitled Standout Lawyers and Judges, the Washington Post stated as follows: “Long known as one of the best criminal defense attorney’s in the county, Riverdale lawyer Douglas J. Wood had one of his best years in 1999, winning outright acquittals in four murder trials in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.”

There are few lawyers with the trial experience of Douglas Wood. He has had over 50 jury trials in homicide cases alone. Overall, he has defended clients in many hundreds of trials with great success. As a testament to that success, he was profiled in the Washington Post in an article entitled The Defendant’s Defender; High Profile Private Lawyer Excels at Getting Acquittals for the Accused. Mr. Wood has been recognized as one of D.C. Top Criminal Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine every year since 2011.


B.A. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Mass. 1974.
J.D.  Catholic University – Columbus School of Law, District of Columbia, 1977.

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Supreme Court.

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