Rachael L. Wood
Rachael Wood was raised in Arlington, TX, where she attended the University of Texas at Arlington. It was there that she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in criminal justice/ criminology with a minor in psychology. During her time at UTA, she presented original papers at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and was recognized as a University Scholar, a professor nominated award for academic excellence.
While in school she worked at a domestic violence shelter as the only staff on the overnight shift. She often provided emotional support, as well as resolving conflicts, for the residents. Of the many lessons she learned, most importantly, she learned how difficult it can be for many individuals to obtain quality legal representation and help navigate through their legal options.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, Rachael moved to the Tampa Bay area and earned her Master of Arts from the University of South Florida. While she had entered the masters program with the intention of pursuing a doctorate degree, she realized that her skills and passions were best utilized as an active participant in the legal system rather than as a detached researcher of it.
Because of this realization, she applied for and was accepted to Stetson University, College of Law. As a student at Stetson, she was a member of the Trial Competition Team, Stetson Law Review and the Honors Program. She also was president of one of the largest organizations on campus and chaired the second annual Advanced Trial Competition. She also wrote an article for The Champion entitled Intra-School Trial Competitions: A Quick and Dirty Guide, which was published in November/December 2008.
Rachael also had the very notable honor of receiving the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award. This award was established by Mrs. Edward D. Foreman to recognize a member of the spring and fall graduating classes who has demonstrated a passion for the legal profession and a commitment to service to the family of humankind, and be characterized as the best all around student.
After graduating cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in December 2007, she began her employment with Florin Roebig, P.A. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is also a member of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Clearwater Bar Association.
In her free time, Rachael enjoys being outside whether she is kayaking, biking or simply taking her dog for a walk. She can also be found sampling new restaurants in the area, visiting local museums, and attending live music and theater events.