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Walter McBrayer Wood

Walt finds meaning in helping people “level the playing field” and respects the brave whistleblowers who want to hold government fraudsters accountable for their actions.

“I find it very incredibly rewarding to help clients try to make the best of a bad situation.”

Walt Wood has more than 17 years of experience practicing law. He is a detailed, conscientious, and determined attorney who considers it an honor to help clients who believe they have observed fraud against the government and want to “right that wrong.”

“I’ve always had an interest in helping people ‘level the playing field.’ For many years now, I’ve been helping individuals, families, and businesses try to make the most of trying circumstances. It is a great feeling when you know you’ve made a real difference in a client’s life. There is much meaning in the work we do.”

Recognized by his peers

Walt has the rare distinction of being named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in two states.5 In 2012 and 2013 he was a North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” and in 2014, 2015, and 2016, a South Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”5 He also has an “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – their highest ranking a lawyer can attain by peers.5

An engaged advocate for justice

Walt advocates to strengthen the justice system as a member of the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Public Justice Foundation, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. At the firm, he is described as an attorney who “genuinely cares about his clients” and is “able to handle virtually any type of case, no matter how complicated or what the subject is.”

Rising to the need

Walt’s “can-do attitude” is ever-present and has been put to the test often. Whether he’s volunteering to cover out-of-state depositions for a peer or to relocate to a different state to build a practice for the firm, Walt is often the first to offer his assistance. And his willingness to step up and help others in need and his empathy extends to his clients.

Splitting time between the carolinas

Walt was born in Greenville County, South Carolina where generations of his family had settled, going back to the early 1800s. He spent most of his childhood in Miami, Florida and returned to the Carolinas to earn a B.A. in biology and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He enjoyed studying history, politics, and society and decided to go to law school to acquire the “tools to help people.” Believing that a legal education adds to one’s understanding of how society works and can be used to make positive change, he obtained his law degree from Duke University School of Law.

He crossed the border between North and South Carolina several times throughout his career, and in 2020, he returned to his hometown. He has enjoyed rediscovering Greenville and witnessing its transformation into a “jewel of the South.” In addition to being a CrossFit training enthusiast, Walt enjoys hiking the nearby mountain trails and the live music scenes of the Carolinas.

5For information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Rising Stars,” visit For information regarding the standards for inclusion in Martindale Hubbell peer review ratings, visit

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South Carolina
North Carolina


Duke University School of Law

Durham, NC
2004 J.D.

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC
1999 B.A. in Biology and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
1994-1995 Pre-med Biology


National Association of Consumer Advocates

Public Justice Foundation

American Association for Justice

South Carolina Association for Justice

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Greenville County Bar Association


Super Lawyers magazine’s South Carolina “Rising Stars”5 list, 2014-2016

Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars”5 list, 2012-2013

Martindale-Hubbell AV “Pre-eminent” Rating5

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Whistleblower Attorneys

If you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to speak with a whistleblower lawyer about what you know, let us set the record straight.

  • Corporate ethics hotlines can be risky and may lead to termination. If you’ve already done this, call us immediately.
  • Your coworkers could be aware of the fraud – or complicit in it – and you should not talk to them about it.
  • The first claim to be filed under the False Claims Act can proceed – if you’re not first, you’re at a serious disadvantage and may get nothing (another reason not to speak to your coworkers about it).
  • A confidential discussion costs you a few minutes, but could save you time, stress, and money.


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