Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

Tel: (213) 542-3861

Location(s)

At a Glance

Christine previously worked as assistant general counsel at LAUSD.
 

She is a certified e-Discovery specialist.
 

Christine’s prior career in the newspaper industry gives her a unique perspective that is helpful to public agencies responding to Public Records Act requests.

Christine N. Wood is an attorney in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP and assists public clients in transactional and litigation matters, with a focus on open records and open meetings law. Christine is also an experienced and sought-after trainer and presenter, with an easy and conversational style that clients appreciate.
 
Before joining BB&K, Christine worked as an assistant general counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Christine has provided legal opinions, advice and training on the Public Records Act, the Brown and Greene acts, as well as school finance, including federal grant requirements and developer fees. Although Christine worked for the largest school district in California, she also understands how to scale policies and procedures to assist smaller agencies and districts.
 
As a certified e-Discovery specialist, Christine skillfully advises, educates and assists public agencies in developing procedures and best practices to support the preservation, collection and production of electronically stored information. Additionally, Christine is experienced in both conducting and supervising forensic investigations. She is also known for being able to distill complex and voluminous data with efficiency and ease — most notably in response to requests for public records. Christine collaborates with clients to analyze the significance of records, using her experience in the newspaper industry to anticipate the newsworthiness of documents.
 
In addition to providing advice and guidance, Christine  also represented clients in recoupment litigation special education due process hearings, certificated and classified dismissals, as well as Pitchess motions on behalf of the Los Angeles School Police Department. Christine serves as a coach in the Trial Advocacy Honors Program at Southwestern Law School, where she helps trial teams with litigation strategies and advocacy.
 
Although she has lived on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest, Christine was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she  lives with her daughter. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.
 
Education

  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
  • California State University, Northridge, M.P.A., with distinction
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, B.S., with concentration on marketing and advertising
  • Public Law Section Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association (formerly the California State Bar)
  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
California Attorney General’s Office Clarifies its Information Bulletin Regarding Public Access to Police Records
Legal Alerts Jan 16, 2019

California Attorney General’s Office Clarifies its Information Bulletin Regarding Public Access to Police Records

Information Bulletin Regarding SB 1421 Does Not Impose New Records Retention Requirements

Public Agencies Do Not Have to Create Records for PRA Requesters
Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2018

Public Agencies Do Not Have to Create Records for PRA Requesters

California Appellate Court Reinforces Principle

The Public Square has Gone Online
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 23, 2018

The Public Square has Gone Online

BB&K Attorneys Christine Wood and HongDao Nguyen Write About Public Officials’ Social Media Use in PublicCEO

Public Agency Spared Attorneys’ Fees Award in Reverse PRA Action
Legal Alerts Jul 30, 2018

Public Agency Spared Attorneys’ Fees Award in Reverse PRA Action

California Appellate Court Decision National Conference of Black Mayors, et al. v. Chico Community Publishing Company

Emails and E-Discovery: California Public Records Act
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 20, 2018

Emails and E-Discovery: California Public Records Act

BB&K's Christine Wood Explores San Jose Ruling Repercussions in PublicCEO

Digital Public Records
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2018

Digital Public Records

BB&K Attorney Christine Wood Discusses Record Retention Policies in PublicCEO

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials
Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2018

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials

First Amendment Issues and Social Media Accounts as Public Forums

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute
Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2018

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute

Part III: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions
Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2018

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions

Part II: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions
Legal Alerts Apr 17, 2018

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions

Part I: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

  • "Questions Emerge After High Court Public Records Decision," Daily Journal, Sept. 12, 2018
Why Technology Matters: Public Records Act
Videos Dec 26, 2018

Why Technology Matters: Public Records Act

How BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center Helps

ARC: How the San Jose Case Changed the Public Records Act
Videos Dec 26, 2018

ARC: How the San Jose Case Changed the Public Records Act

The Advanced Records Center Helps Public Agencies Prepare and Respond

Introducing BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center
Videos Dec 21, 2018

Introducing BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center

Full-Service Public Records Act Response, Training and Advice

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real —  BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help
Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

BB&K In the News Nov 16, 2018

National Society of Black Engineers So. Cal. Chapter Support

The Los Angeles Sentinel Reports on Chapter’s Conference

[WEBINAR] ESI Primer for PRA Requests
Videos Oct 24, 2018

[WEBINAR] ESI Primer for PRA Requests

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Oct 24, 2018

ESI Primer for PRA Requests

BB&K Free Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jul 11, 2018

Social Media Meets the First Amendment

Free BB&K Webinar

[WEBINAR] Social Media Meets the First Amendment
Videos Jul 11, 2018

[WEBINAR] Social Media Meets the First Amendment

BB&K Webinar

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?
Videos Jun 26, 2018

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jun 26, 2018

Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Free Webinar

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger
Videos May 23, 2018

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar May 23, 2018

Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Apr 27, 2018

2018 California Public Records and Open Meetings Conference

Public Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association

Presentations