William H. Woods
for Judge


William H. Woods is a candidate for Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge. Woods grew up on a small family farm in northwestern Ohio. He moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University. After teaching high school speech and debate for two years, he returned to OSU to attend law school. Following graduation from law school, Woods joined McNamara and McNamara, a small downtown law firm. He has been a civil trial lawyer for more than 40 years and has substantial jury trial and appellate experience including cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. He has earned the respect of other lawyers. For the last 25 years William H. Woods has received the highest peer rating for legal ability and ethical standards.


William H. Woods is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, and before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, U. S. District for the Northern District of Ohio, U. S. District for the Southern District of Indiana and admitted pro hac vice in Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan and Kansas. Woods’ practice is primarily civil litigation, including surety and fidelity, personal injury, directors and officers, fiduciary responsibility, construction, banking, and commercial and insurance coverage. Woods has been a partner at McNamara and McNamara, L.L.P. for over 35 years. Mr. Woods has represented clients in hundreds of civil cases before state and federal courts in Ohio. Active at the appellate level, he has argued over 50 cases before the Ohio appellate courts, the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.


  • Mentoring and More, OSU College of Law
  • Columbus Metropolitan Club
  • Columbus Landmarks Foundation
  • Ohio High School Mock Trial Program, Judge
  • Ohio Historical Society
  • Columbus Bar Association & Foundation
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


William H. Woods met his wife, Mary, while she was an OSU undergraduate and he was a law student at OSU.  They have been married for 42 years and have two adult children.  Their son is a technology auditor for a major financial institution.  Their daughter is an executive assistant for a non-profit organization.


  • The Ohio State University, BS in Education
  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J. D. with honors


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