Jake Woody


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • George Mason University, B.A., History, 2003, magna cum laude

Awards & Distinctions

Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2018 Rising Star, Class Actions & Mass Torts

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 2008 | West Virginia, 2015 | United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2008 | United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, 2008 | United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2009 | United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2011

Pursuing Innovation

Jake Woody manages the firm’s MDL Centrality® program, which is a custom-built platform designed specifically to modernize and streamline the exchange of information in MDLs and other mass tort cases. Jake has overseen the design, implementation and day to day operations of MDL Centrality since its inception in 2015.

MDL Centrality is a first of its kind software platform designed specifically for use in the exchange and review of Plaintiff and Defendant Fact Sheets. MDL Centrality is an online exchange portal that facilitates the assembly, organization, inventory, exchange, and analysis of massive amounts of data and documents, and provides an automated method to serve, store, monitor and use Plaintiff and Defendant Fact Sheet information. MDL Centrality provides parties an easy way to evaluate large amounts of data and provides critical case information which is used to devise bellwether strategy and analyze cases for trial selection.

MDL Centrality also serves as an online document repository used to store discovery documents, such as deposition notices, transcripts, and exhibits. MDL Centrality also automatically distributes pleadings and Orders to interested parties, and provides a keyword searchable pleadings database.

MDL Centrality is in use in some of the most significant mass tort cases in the country, and has facilitated the exchange of information related to over 30,000 plaintiffs and stores over 265,000 litigation documents.

“This kind of innovative environment at a law firm doesn’t happen often. We have had the freedom to try something that’s never been done and help it grow.”

Jake also manages the Chinese Drywall Settlement Program, in which he oversaw the design of an online claim submission and review portal for claims related to allegedly defective Chinese drywall installed in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The Chinese Drywall Settlement Program comprised 4 separate inter-related settlement agreements, including a “Global” settlement agreement that settled claims against more than 800 separate defendants. The Chinese Drywall Settlement Program offered nine separate avenues for claimants to receive relief, including a remediation component that allowed homeowners to receive full repair of their property.

Jake began his career at BrownGreer as a claims specialist in 2003 and left to attend the University of Virginia School of Law. After graduating law school, Jake was an associate at McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he litigated a variety of cases, including personal injury, contract, construction, and financial services cases. Jake returned to BrownGreer in 2012.

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