The Hon. Laura S. Woods is a judge for the Superior Court of Tehama County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown on May 22, 2017, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John J. Garaventa.
Woods earned a B.A. from Pepperdine University. She then completed a J.D. from Western State University College of Law.
She began her legal career as an associate at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe and Nichols in 1995.
The following year, she left the firm in order to accept a position as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Shasta County. She served in that capacity until 2000, at which time she transferred to the Office of the District Attorney of Tehama County. During her three-year tenure there, she prosecuted every type of case, including those involving gang and drug crimes, domestic violence, and murder.
Then, in 2003, Woods joined the Superior Court of Shasta County as a research attorney. She served in that capacity for three years, eventually becoming one of its independent contractors tasked with representing indigent clients in all areas of the law. She then returned to her position as a research attorney in 2009.
Woods left the Superior Court of Shasta County in 2014. She accepted a position as an associate at McGlynn and Clark. Her time there would be brief. The following year, she resumed her public defender practice as a sole practitioner in the Law Office of Laura S. Woods.
She is registered as a Republican.
Her husband, Curtis Woods, has served as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Shasta County.
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