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James F. Wood


James Wood's practice focuses on both basic and complex trust, estate and gift tax planning, probate and estate administration, charitable planning, giving and property tax exemption strategies, and business succession and tax planning for small and large businesses and individuals. 


Prior to forming Hale | Wood, PLLC in 2010, he was a partner in the tax, estate planning and wealth management group of Stoel Rives, LLP, where he practiced from 1998 to 2010.  Previous experience includes: Associate, Van Cott Bagley Cornwall & McCarthy, Salt Lake City, Utah (1996-1998); Associate, Fabian & Clendenin, Salt Lake City, Utah (1994-1996); Law Clerk, Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood, Utah Court of Appeals, Salt Lake City, Utah (1993-1994); Revenue Agent, Internal Revenue Service, Salt Lake City, Utah (1988-1990); Tax Accountant, Peat Marwick & Main, Los Angeles, California (1985-1987).





  • University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1993 / Order of the Coif / Utah Law Review Executive Editor (1992-93) and Staff Member (1991-92))

  • University of Utah, M.Pr.A. 1985 (Master of Professional Accountancy, tax emphasis)

  • University of Utah, B.A., Accounting, 1984, cum laude

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2008 present

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Trusts and Estates Law "Lawyer of the Year," Salt Lake City, 2013

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Trusts and Estates), 2009-2017

  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Estate Planning & Probate), 2012-2016

  • Listed multiple times in Utah Business "Legal Elite" for Estate Planning

  • AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell

  • Member, Utah State Bar

  • Past President, Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section, 2005-2006

  • Member, Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section Uniform Trust Code Review Committee, 2003-2005

  • Past Judge Pro Tem, Third District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Certified Public Accountant, California (inactive)