Richard J. Hood
Born in Greenville, SC, Rich (R.J.) grew up in several towns along the I-85 corridor between Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. His Grandfather, who had served 24 years in the Army through World War II and Korea, heavily influenced his early life. "I knew from the age of 5 that I was going in the Army like my Pops." So at 17, Rich signed up for the Army and served the next six years as an Airborne Infantryman with the 25th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division and 3rd US Infantry Brigade. Rich then got out of the Army to attend the University of Georgia with the thought of maybe going back in as a commissioned officer.
While working on his undergraduate degree at UGA, Rich served his community as a police officer in Athens-Clarke County and his state in the Georgia Army National Guard. After leaving UGA, Rich worked in Information Technology and consulted for big corporations. Following a few years of work in Corporate America, Rich got the itch to go back into public service and decided to go to law school to become an Army JAG or an FBI Agent.
At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Rich focused on criminal law, but started working in a law firm that did Pharmaceutical Personal Injury law. At that firm, he learned that there were other important ways to serve his community by seeking justice for individuals who had been hurt by corporations who chose not to warn the public of the harm their drugs, medical devices, or other dangerous products did.
"By and large, corporations do great things for our society. We all benefit from their advancements and creations on a daily basis. But sometimes, a decision is made to put profits ahead of safety. My job now is to seek justice for those who are hurt by those wrong decisions and to ensure that companies make better decisions in the future."
Rich decided to forgo public service after law school and continued in the Products Liability arena after graduation. Now, he is a recognized leader in this complex area of law. Using his IT background, he further specializes in getting pivotal evidence out of corporations' network and database infrastructures.
Rich currently serves as Co-lead Counsel of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for Multi-District Litigation No. 2087 - In re Hydroxycut and as a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the California In re Granuflo JCCP. He was also appointed Electronic Discovery Liaison for the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in Multi District Litigation No. 1871 - In re Avandia. Rich performs(ed) similar electronic discovery duties for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in the In re Transvaginal Mesh products (MDLs 2325, 2326, 2327, 2440), In re Kugel Mesh (MDL No. 1842), In re Fosamax (MDL 1789) and In re Digitek (MDL No. 1968) MDLs.
Rich is also a steering committee member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 and a general member of Working Group 1. The Sedona Conference is a distinguished think tank comprised of leaders from the Bench (Judges) and Bar (attorneys). He is the only member of the steering committee who represents individual plaintiffs and not corporations. Rich frequently lectures and writes on business technology and litigation topics.
Licensed to Appear Before
- The United States Supreme Court
- 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
- United States District Court District of Colorado
- United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court Southern District of California
- Colorado Supreme Court
- American Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- 50 For Colorado - Class of 2011
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers - 2009 - Present - American Trial Lawyers Association
- Finalist - Up & Coming Lawyers - 2010 - Law Week Colorado