Lucian Lincoln “Lin” Wood Jr. (born October 19, 1952) is an American attorney.
Road to the status of celebrity lawyer
Wood became a “celebrity lawyer,” specializing in defamation lawsuits. Wood first drew media attention concerning his representation of Richard Jewell, the security guard falsely accused in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta in 1996. Wood’s representation of Jewell helped transform him from a personal injury lawyer to a nationally known defamation lawyer.
In addition to representing Jewell, Wood has represented the family of JonBenét Ramsey and former U.S. representative Gary Condit in defamation suits. Republican political candidate Herman Cain also hired him to respond to allegations of sexual harassment.
Wood lived in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1955 until 2020. In April 2020, he purchased the property in South Carolina and moved there later that year. He formally changed his legal residency to South Carolina in February 2021.
Wood has four children, two of whom are attorneys. According to documents submitted in court, Wood is estranged from his adult children and grandchild.
Association with Trump
By 2020, Wood was frequently garnering attention by promoting conspiracy theories. This he did in his capacity as a lawyer and as a political commentator and social media personality.
After Joe Biden won the presidential election, Wood promoted falsehoods and conspiracy theories on President Donald Trump, who he claimed won 70% of the vote. Wood argued that a secret cabal of international communists, Chinese intelligence, and Republican officials had contrived to steal the election from Trump.
Sometimes in association with Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell, Wood litigated on the president’s behalf in many failed lawsuits. This sought to prevent the certification of legally cast ballots in the presidential election.
Wood rains hellfire on Kemp and Raffensperger
In the latter part of 2020, Wood’s social media activities attracted considerable attention. Wood called for the imprisonment of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. This was based on the conspiracy theory that the two Republican officials worked with the Chinese to help rig the vote for Biden.
In February 2021, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office announced that it was investigating the possibility that Wood had committed voter fraud due to questions over whether Wood had been a legal resident of the state when he cast his vote 2020 elections in Georgia. According to Georgia law, if someone moves to another state intending to establish residence, they are no longer a resident of Georgia.
Wood trumpets QAnon conspiracy theories
Wood made allegations against Chief Justice John Roberts, reflecting QAnon conspiracy theories. He suggested that Vice President Mike Pence would “face execution by firing squad” and called for the arrest of then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both for treason.
Role in U.S Capitol pro-Trump mob
Delaware Supreme Court Judge Craig A. Karsnitz revoked Wood’s permission to appear pro hac vice before the Court, writing that there was “no doubt” that Wood’s tweets were among the factors that incited the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob in January 2021.