Chauntelle Wood
Chauntelle
Chauntelle R. Wood
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002

Overview

Chauntelle is a litigator in our Houston office where she defends global exploration and production companies in mass tort litigation, legacy litigation, environmental and operational matters, and oil & gas royalty and pipeline disputes. Chauntelle has managed multiple aspects of litigation both pre-trial and during trial. Chauntelle is currently the lead trial attorney on a mass tort case involving a refinery fire in Louisiana. Chauntelle diversifies her work with a variety of general litigation, insurance disputes, labor and employment matters, and multiple pro bono matters.

Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, Chauntelle served as the Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. She was the first chair attorney in 28 jury trials.  During her time at the District Attorney’s office, she served as a Senior Felony Prosecutor and a Misdemeanor Court Chief. Chauntelle has experience independently handling all aspects of trial cases, including presenting to grand juries, formulating trial strategy, investigating facts, interviewing witnesses, and arguing pre-trial motions.

Chauntelle is also an Adjunct Professor at Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she teaches Trial Simulation to second-year law students.

Chauntelle is a Veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves where she served for 8 years.

Experience

  • Designated Lead Trial Lawyer in trial case for Exxon with over 8,000 plaintiffs
  • Served as second-chair jury trial counsel in oil and gas royalty trial where no liability was found March 2019
  • Tried 30th jury trial in 2018
  • Assisted in Diligence and Closing of $500 million Oil & Gas Acquisition for Motiva in 2018

Involvement

Professional

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member of Labor & Employment Section
  • The “Downtown” Group
  • Association of Women Attorneys

Community

  • Board Member – Texas Fair Defense Project
  • Member – Innocence Project of Texas Litigation Committee
  • Avant Preparatory School, Board Member
  • Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor

Recognition

  • Best Oralist Award
  • Silent Hero Award – Harris County District Attorney’s Office (2017)
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

Presentations

  • “Best Practices for Domestic Violence Victims” CLE, hosted by Crimestoppers Houston, led by Harris County District Attorney’s Office, February 15, 2018
  • “Advocacy Skills Training Academy: Winning and Losing by Voir Dire,” CLE, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, March 3, 2018
  • "Caseload and Docket Management,” CLE, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, March 28, 2018

Publications

  • “Romeo and Juliet: The 21st Century Juvenile Sex Offenders, 39 S.U. L. Rev. 385 (Spring 2012)
  • The Face of Districting: Richard Gallot, Reflections: the Magazine of Southern University Law Center (Spring 2011)

After Hours

"Traveling is a big hobby for me. I enjoy new cultures and experiences. I enjoy time with family and close friends and I regularly volunteer mentoring students or younger lawyers with their individual career paths."