Gary E. Hood

Founder & President

•  A seasoned trial lawyer with 25+ years of experience litigating some of the most complex, bet-the-company cases in courtrooms nationwide

•  A former AmLaw 100 "BigFirm" partner who employs a more effective way to help clients

•  A nationally recognized, successful courtroom advocate

A Modern Firm Model

One lead lawyer, partnering with a customized case team.

• We utilize a modern approach, teaming with a premier legal services provider to assemble a group of lawyers customized to the issues and scope of your specific case. 

•  You will always work, directly, with Mr. Hood, who will lead your case team from start to finish.

Gary Hood Is Your Lead Trial Lawyer

Gary Hood has been practicing law since 1996. He has litigated and tried a broad variety of cases, in courtrooms across the United States.  Before entering law practice, Mr. Hood served as a United States Naval Officer aboard a warship that saw duty around the world including in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm and in counter-narcotics operations in Central and South America.

Before founding the Hood Legal Group, Gary was a shareholder (partner) in a 900+ lawyer national AmLaw100 firm, where he served in various prominent leadership roles and as a member of the firm's board of directors.  Despite extensive success, he decided he could no longer continue supporting the traditional "big firm" approach to law.  Instead, he founded the Hood Legal Group, bringing to clients that "BigLaw" experience but in a way that leverages modern technology and a mission-driven mindset.

Over his lengthy career, Gary has honed an approach to litigating cases that draws heavily on his military background.  It constantly applies lessons learned in the trenches of courtrooms with judges and juries, to focus relentlessly on a client's objectives - and win.


J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Gonzaga University, 1996
Gonzaga Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
National Moot Court Competition, Regional Champion and National Sweet Sixteen Qualifier

B.S., University of Southern California, 1988
Electrical Engineering
Men's Swimming Team
Fraternity Vice-President


Bar Admissions
Washington State - 1996
Illinois - 2004
United States Patent and Trademark Office - 2002

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 2004
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2009
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2016
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2003
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1996

Awards and Distinctions

Named by Acquisition International Magazine as IP Litigator of the Year 2023 (USA)

Named by Intellectual Asset Management to the Global IAM Patent 1000, 2014-2023

Named a Lawyer of Distinction Distinguished Member, 2019-2023, IP and Rights Litigation

Named "National Intellectual Property Star" by Benchmark Litigation, 2022

Named "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Named "IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year" for Illinois by The Lawyer Network, 2021

Global Award Winner, IP Litigation, USA/Illinois, Leaders in Law, 2021

Named "Notable Veteran Leader in Law" by Crain's  Chicago Business, 2020

Named "Notable GenX Leader in Law" by Crain's Chicago Business, 2019

Selected for inclusion in Chicago Lawyer as Leading Lawyer in Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, 2014-2021

Honored by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star, 2013-2021

Winner of Leaders in Law Global Award, 2020 

Publications & Presentations

News Update, President Signs Orange Book Transparency Act of 2020, January 11, 2021

Coordinator and Presenter, COVID-19 and Litigation: A Roundtable Discussion of Remote Advocacy in the Face of a Global Pandemic, June 16, 2020

Author, A Strategic - but Unconventional - Approach to Litigation, Intellectual Property 2019 Expert Guide

Presenter, Eastern District of Texas 2018 Bench Bar Conference, October 18, 2018

Presenter, ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium, October 2, 2018

Author, How Do You Determine What Is At The Heart Of A Dispute? Lawyer Monthly Q&A, Lawyer Monthly, September 28, 2018

Co-Presenter,  The Policy and Practicalities of Jurisdiction - Debating the Impact of TC Heartland on Paragraph IV Litigation, ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium, Chicago, IL, October 2, 2017

News Alert, Supreme Court’s Patent Dance Decision: Victories & Uncertainties, June 2017

News Alert, Supreme Court Patent Ruling: What Lies Ahead, May 24, 2017

News Alert, Federal Circuit Clarifies AIA On-Sale Bar Provision Applies Where Existence of Sale Is Public, May 2017

Contributor, In This Patent Hotspot, Bow Ties Mean Business Featured in Law360, March 24, 2017

Update, Supreme Court Decision Alters Patent Defense Landscape, March 2017

Presenter, Tips and Strategies in Winning Paragraph IV Disputes in 2016 & Beyond, LIVE Webcast The Knowledge Group, August 23, 2016

Update, New Guidance on Mandatory Notice in the Biosimilar ‘Patent Dance’, July 8, 2016

Contributor, Biosimilars Litigation: Challenges Mini-Roundtable Corporate Disputes Magazine.  The round-table focused on the pharmaceutical industry, and the particular logistical and practical challenges presented for litigation under the Biologics Price Competition & Innovation Act, September 2015

Presenter, Hatch-Waxman Act Updates in 2015, LIVE Webcast, July 20, 2015

Update, Recently Finalized FDA Guidance Indicates Some Flexibility for Biosimilars, May 5, 2015

Update, Generic Drug Manufacturers to be Investigated by HHS for Recent Price Hikes, April 15, 2015

Update, SCOTUS Today: TTAB Decisions, Not Federal Courts Will Be Final Arbiter in Many Trademark Cases, March 24, 2015

Update, Recent Developments in Exercising Personal Jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman Cases, February 3, 2015

Author, Patents and Trademarks Annual Review 2015, Financier Worldwide Magazine.  The article broadly addresses the status of and recent developments in patent and trademark law in the U.S., and provides insight into best practices on issues facing companies in this area, February 2015

Contributor, Resolving Patent Disputes Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine.  The discussion addressed resolving patent disputes, focusing on frequency of patent disputes, trends in patent dispute resolution, the impact of the American Invents Act on patent litigation, and developments and strategies for resolving patent disputes, October 2014

Presenter, American Conference Institute's Annual Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium, Chicago, IL, September 30, 2014

Panel Moderator, Brand Name and Generic Interpretations of the Changing Paradigm for Generic Market Entry: Identifying New Due Diligence Concerns Relative to ANDA Drug Targets and Anticipating New Paragraph IV Challenges, ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, September 2014

Presenter, Hatch-Waxman Generic Pharmaceuticals Litigation Hot Topics Webinar, June 26, 2014

Moderator, The Gauntlet Rethrown: The Paragraph IV Certification and Notice Letter ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Conference, New York, New York, April 2014

Presenter, Advanced Pleading Strategies And Effectively Using Dispositive Motions In Paragraph IV Disputes Paragraph IV Disputes Master Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, October 2013

Presenter, New Exclusivity Challenges: Brands Take Notice, Its Not Just for Generics Anymore Presented at ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Conference, New York, NY, May 2013

Presenter, And They're Off: The Start of the Paragraph IV Lawsuit, The Generic Perspective Presented at ACI Paragraph IV Disputes Conference, New York, New York, April 2012

Author, Bust the Bad Guys - How to Harness Criminal Intellectual Property Laws to Protect Your Company's Valuable IP Assets, Intellectual Property Owners Association Website Publications, 2005

Author, Refuse to Play the Game: An Alternative Document Production Strategy in Intellectual Property Litigation 16 Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal 5, 2004

Public Engagement

Plan Commission, Beverly Shores, Indiana Member, 2009–2011, President, 2010–2011

Board of Zoning Appeals, Beverly Shores, Indiana Member, 2010–2011

American Legion Member, 2002–present

Bridges Center for Grieving Children, Tacoma, Washington Professional Advisory Committee, 2002–2003

Brown’s Point Improvement Club, Brown’s Point, Washington Trustee, 1999–2000

City of Federal Way, Washington Ethics Board Member, 1997–2000

Military Awards

Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with bronze service star)
Kuwait Liberation Medal