Sky Woodward represents businesses in complex legal matters, including class actions/mass torts, product liability, toxic torts, environmental, and commercial litigation. She relies upon more than 25 years of litigation experience to provide cutting edge, effective risk mitigation counseling to her real estate industry clients. Her litigation and risk mitigation clients have spanned a variety of industries, including commercial and multifamily real estate developers and property management companies, consumer product manufacturers, chemical, food additive and agricultural product manufacturers, homebuilders, trade associations, financial services companies, petroleum companies, and healthcare subrogation companies. Clients value Sky’s strategic thinking, her ability to understand their business objectives and lead an efficient and effective team to achieve those objectives, and her passionate commitment to civil justice issues impacting the business community.
Sky has demonstrated throughout her career a strong commitment to professional, pro bono, and community service. She served a four-year term as a member of the Maryland Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, to which she was appointed by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. in 2015. She also serves as vice president of the Parish Council at Church of the Nativity in Baltimore County, Maryland. She has assisted residents of an addiction recovery center in clearing their criminal records so as to be eligible for gainful employment upon graduation from a year-long recovery program.
Sky is a proven leader and uses her leadership skills to advance the interests of her clients. As president of Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. (MDC), the statewide organization of trial lawyers who devote their practices to defending business in civil litigation, she led the private bar’s participation in the Maryland Judiciary’s Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resources (ASTAR) in-state programs designed to prepare judges to be effective managers and adjudicators of cases involving scientific evidence and issues. Because of her efforts to educate MDC’s members about ASTAR, MDC was named the “State and Local Defense Organization of the Year” in 2007 by DRI – the Voice of the Defense Bar. Sky is a past chair of the DRI Center for Law and Public Policy, the policy development and advocacy arm of the 23,000-member organization of lawyers defending businesses in court.