Thomas Woods, Partner
Stoel Rives LLP
Tom Woods practices in the firm’s Trial and Litigation practice groups. He is a complex civil litigator with multiparty, mass tort and class action litigation experience. He represents corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts, and at arbitration, in cases involving a range of issues including: real estate disputes; breaches of contract; breaches of fiduciary duties and duties of loyalty; misappropriation of trade secrets; fraud; negligence; contractual and equitable indemnity; unfair, unlawful and fraudulent business practices; and shareholder derivative claims. Tom’s corporate clients span industries from medical device and household product manufacturing to banking and lending.
Benjamin D. Carnahan, Partner
Walter | Haverfield
Ben Carnahan is a partner within Walter | Haverfield’s Business and Litigation Services group. He represents some the nation’s largest banks, lenders and loan servicers, serving as external managing counsel overseeing and managing complex consumer finance defense litigation on a regional basis. Ben is a trusted advisor to in-house corporate counsel on compliance issues, non-routine litigation strategy & management, and rights, duties and obligations under complex commercial agreements, including third-party service provider vendor contracts. While his primary objective is to help clients avoid reputational, operational, and regulatory risk, litigation is inevitable. When litigation arises, Ben and his team focus on resolving matters in a streamlined, cost-effective manner to defend & defeat claims while mitigating risk and avoiding future claims. In addition to the practice of law, Ben serves as a Board Treasurer of a nationwide credit union based in Northeast Ohio, which has given him valuable insights into the business side of banking and made him a better lawyer to his clients.