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Profile - Philip “Phil” Wood

Philip “Phil” Wood provides years of employment and labor law experience representing employers, including collective bargaining, civil rights defense, development of employment related policies and documents, and counseling employers to avoid liability from the state and federal statutes and regulations existing today.


  • University of Michigan (LLB., 1963)
  • Dartmouth College (A.B., 1958)

Professional Activities/Memberships

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Section of Michigan State Bar Association


  • 1963 – 1965 Law Clerk for Honorable Wallace Kent, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Michigan 1965 – 1969
  • Associate in the law firm of Miller Johnson, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1969 – 1996 Senior Partner – Clary, Nantz, Wood, Hoffius, Rankin & Cooper, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1996 – 2003 Of Counsel – Dickinson Wright, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2003 – 2008 Shareholder – Palmer & Wood P.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2008 – Present Member Fisher & Dickinson P.C.

Community Service

  • Founder and Board Member of Lake Michigan Academy, a private school for
    dyslexic children
  • Founder and Board Member of Ada Council for the Arts
  • Member & Past President of Grand Rapids Lions Club
  • President – Dartmouth Club of Western Michigan
  • Former Board Member & President of Legal Aid Society of Western Michigan
  • Lieutenant Commander U.S Navy Reserve, Retired