Maria Papoulias Wood joined Yates, McLamb & Weyher, L.L.P. in March 2006. She is a partner of the firm. Her practice encompasses all aspects of litigation from the pre-suit stage through trial and appeal. Her appellate work has included serving as amicus counsel for the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys in medical malpractice defense litigation.
Maria concentrates her practice in medical malpractice defense. She has represented hospitals, physicians and their practices in various specialties, including cardiology, anesthesiology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, and orthopaedic surgery. Her representation of long-term care facilities includes both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the state. She represents physicians not only in litigation but also in matters before state licensing boards.
Maria began practicing law in 2001 with Wilson, Helms & Cartledge, L.L.P. in Winston-Salem, where she practiced in the areas of professional malpractice, including medical malpractice defense, legal liability, and insurance defense. During her time at Wilson, Helms & Cartledge, Maria also authored multiple briefs to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., with honors, major in Political Science, minor in Business Administration, 1998)
- Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
- North Carolina (2001)
- North Carolina Court of Appeals
- North Carolina Supreme Court
- The United States District Court for the Eastern & Middle Districts of North Carolina
- The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
- Defense Research Institute
- Wake County Bar Association
- American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, North Carolina Chapter
- North Carolina Assisted Living Association
- healthcare industry in claims of liability and medical malpractice including physicians, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. She also represents health care providers before the North Carolina Medical Board.