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Hon. Cara C. Wood (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Houston

Hon. Cara C. Wood (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Houston

Former district court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator and mediator

New Panelist Announcement

Houston – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Cara C. Wood (Ret.) to its panel. Prior to joining JAMS, Judge Wood served for more than 12 years as district judge of the 284th District Court in Montgomery County, Texas.

Based in the Houston Resolution Center, Judge Wood will serve as an arbitrator and mediator, handling disputes in business and commercial, construction, employment, energy and utilities, financial markets, insurance and real property.

As one of the first women lawyers in Montgomery County, Judge Wood is recognized as a trailblazer and valued community leader. She is an advocate of the ADR process, and we are grateful she has chosen to join the JAMS panel in Houston.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wood represented Montgomery County in civil litigation as an assistant county attorney. She also served as an assistant district attorney for Montgomery County, where she exclusively heard felony drug cases. Before her time working in government, Judge Wood was an investment advisor, where she worked with corporate entities on financial and business succession planning, and she was also an attorney with Coker & Wood, P.C

I believe that ADR is an effective and instrumental tool for resolving complex disputes. I am passionate about helping parties resolve their disputes, so joining the JAMS panel felt like a natural next step for me in my career.

- Hon. Cara C. Wood (Ret.), JAMS Neutral

Judge Wood was an early supporter of ADR. In 1988, she was instrumental in the creation of the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides mediation and conflict resolution training to residents, businesses, agencies and the courts. 

Judge Wood received her B.A. from Texas Tech University and her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.

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Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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