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Nathanial J. Wood


Nathanial Wood is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Litigation Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on the litigation of complex commercial matters, including privacy and cybersecurity and class actions. Nathanial has substantial experience representing clients at all phases of the litigation process, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeals.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Nathanial was an associate at the San Francisco firm of Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. Prior to law school, he worked for the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Representative Matters

  • Defended national hotel chain in class action alleging violation of data protection statute as a result of a malware intrusion. Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims with prejudice without payment to plaintiff or the putative class.
  • Defended major academic medical center in complex class actions alleging violations of privacy and consumer laws as a result of a cyberattack on its computer network potentially affecting over 4.5 million individuals.
  • Defended research university from claims for allegedly permitting unauthorized access to proprietary data.
  • Defended military contractor and employee against claims of trade secret misappropriation based on allegedly wrongful acquisition of corporate data.
  • Defended major national health plan in class actions in federal and state court alleging violation of medical privacy laws arising out of a data security incident affecting over two million plan members. Obtained favorable settlement after the consolidated class action complaint was dismissed.
  • Defended international car rental company in class action alleging statutory violations arising out of rental pricing notification practices. Obtained voluntary dismissal of class claims and favorable settlement on an individual basis without need for class certification proceedings.
  • Defended major government contractor in litigation alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Client prevailed on all claims at trial.
  • Represented major home appliances manufacturer in antitrust action against foreign supplier of electronics in federal price-fixing litigation.
  • Represented public university in an action seeking to halt a multimillion dollar development on university property. Defeated at trial plaintiff’s efforts to block the development and successfully defended the trial court’s ruling on appeal.
  • Represented several former partners of a law firm sued for breach of fiduciary duty by their former firm. Obtained decision in favor of the partners following a six week bench trial.


  • University of California, Davis (1999) B.A., B.S., with Honors
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. (2002) Order of the Coif


Admitted to practice: California, U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

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"U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Class Action Award Against TransUnion, Finds Statutory Violation Without Concrete Harm Not Sufficient to Establish Standing," Litigation Alert (June 30, 2021). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Nathanial J. Wood, Emmanuel Hurtado
Client Alert / Newsletter
"11th Cir. Rejects Standing Due to Threat of Future Identity Theft & Further Deepens Circuit Split," Privacy Law Alert (February 9, 2021). Contacts: Kristin J. Madigan, CIPP/US, Jeffrey L. Poston, Jennifer S. Romano, Nathanial J. Wood, Jacob Canter
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Arizona Gyms Lose Bid to Defy Governor’s Re-Closing Order," Litigation Alert (July 9, 2020). Contacts: Nathanial J. Wood, Justin Kingsolver
Client Alert / Newsletter
"And So It Begins: The First CCPA Class Action," Privacy Law Alert (March 20, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Nathanial J. Wood, Kristin J. Madigan, CIPP/US, Gabriel M. Ramsey
Client Alert / Newsletter
"California Litigants, Pay Attention, the Rules of Discovery Have Changed," Litigation Alert (February 5, 2020). Contacts: Uri Niv, Nathanial J. Wood
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Ninth Circuit Rejects Facebook's Article III Argument: Biometric Lawsuit Will Proceed," (December, 2019). Authors: Laura Foggan, Jeffrey L. Poston, Nathanial J. Wood, and Brandon C. Ge.
"Ninth Circuit Rejects Facebook’s Article III Argument; Biometric Lawsuit Will Proceed," Privacy Law Alert (August 16, 2019). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Jeffrey L. Poston, Nathanial J. Wood, Brandon C. Ge
Client Alert / Newsletter
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1 Law360 (May 7, 2018)
Press Coverage
"Seventh Circuit Revives Data Breach Case Despite No Evidence Of Monetary Harm," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (April 24, 2018). Authors: Nathanial J. Wood and Matthew B. Welling.
"9th Circ.'s Expansive Standard For Standing In Breach Case," Law360 (April 6, 2018). Authors: Nathanial J. Wood, and Brandon C. Ge.

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