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          March 27, 2024
          BIPOC Reading Series March
          April 4, 2024
          Everybody Reads 2024: Gabrielle Zevin
          April 8, 2024
          2024 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
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Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood, Literary Arts Board Chair
Attorney, Stoel Rives

Before becoming an attorney, I ran several small businesses. Combined with my strong technical background, this gives me an understanding that what most companies need is not a legalese answer, but a practical solution, a clearly articulated strategy, and good communication skills. Providing this type of guidance and client response is what I enjoy most about what I do and after 26 years of practice, I have the depth of experience to deliver for clients…


I worked my way through college loading and unloading trucks. After leaving Stanford, I worked in New York City doing specialty contracting work. People often ask why I left that work to go to law school. The reason was that I saw the scope of regulations growing ever more complex and I wanted to help others navigate the tortured pathways so that they could better focus on their businesses. I measure success by finding a cost-effective solution that leaves my clients able to do what they need to do and leaves the agency recognizing my clients’ compliance efforts. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the nation’s leading semiconductor, aerospace, cement, steel, wood products, pulp and paper, chemical, energy, glass, oil and gas, motor vehicle, landfill, renewable fuel, biotech, data, food processing, equipment manufacturing, and retail companies. I like nothing better than to help manufacturers excel in making the best products in the world, right here in the United States.


Events, Classes, and Seminars

Our events, classes, and seminars bring the community together to hear, learn, and discuss the most compelling issues and ideas of our day. We hope you will join us in our downtown Literary Arts space, online, and at partnering venues across Portland and Oregon.