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Douglas Woods

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Douglas J. Woods is the head of the Government Law Section in the Office of the California Attorney General. There he leads a group of 40 attorneys responsible for advising and litigating on behalf of the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Controller and numerous state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions. Government Law Section practice areas include the powers of the Governor, Attorney General, and other constitutional officers, the state budget, elections, public finance, ballot measures, government conflicts of interest, defending state laws against constitutional challenge, possession of firearms, access to criminal history information, and redevelopment agency dissolution.

Mr. Woods has litigated leading cases in the areas of voting systems, overseas voting, campaign finance, and agricultural labor relations processes, and has overseen the state’s litigation in many other important areas. Notably, he has been directly involved in the Attorney General’s advocacy in same-sex marriage litigation in California since it began in 2004. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General in 2001, Mr. Woods was an Associate and Senior Attorney with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, with a general business litigation practice encompassing California government issues.

A member of the California bar since 1992, Mr. Woods is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern District Courts of California.


B.A., UC Berkeley (1988)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1992)

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