Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

Tel: (213) 542-3861


At a Glance

Christine is the head of BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center, which provides support for records-related matters, including CPRA request processing.

She previously worked as assistant general counsel at Los Angeles Unified School District.
Christine is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist.

CEDS.pngChristine N. Wood leads Best Best & Krieger LLP’s ARC: Advanced Records Center, which provides comprehensive and cost-effective support for records-related matters, including California Public Records Act request processing. An attorney and Certified E-Discovery Specialist, Christine is also an experienced and sought-after trainer and presenter, with an easy and conversational style that clients appreciate.

Christine skillfully advises, educates and assists public agencies in developing procedures and best practices to support the preservation, collection and production of electronically stored information. Additionally, Christine is experienced in both conducting and supervising forensic investigations. She is also known for being able to distill complex and voluminous data with efficiency and ease — most notably in response to requests for public records. Christine collaborates with clients to analyze the significance of records, using her experience in the newspaper industry to anticipate the newsworthiness of documents.
Before joining BB&K, Christine worked as an assistant general counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Christine has provided legal opinions, advice and training on PRA, the Brown and Greene acts, as well as school finance, including federal grant requirements and developer fees. Although Christine worked for the largest school district in California, she also understands how to scale policies and procedures to assist smaller agencies and districts.
In addition to providing advice and guidance, Christine  also represented clients in recoupment litigation special education due process hearings, certificated and classified dismissals, as well as Pitchess motions on behalf of the Los Angeles School Police Department. Christine serves as a coach in the Trial Advocacy Honors Program at Southwestern Law School, where she helps trial teams with litigation strategies and advocacy.
Although she has lived on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest, Christine was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she  lives with her daughter. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
  • California State University, Northridge, M.P.A., with distinction
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, B.S., with concentration on marketing and advertising


  • Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys, L.A. Business Journal, 2021
  • California Trailblazer, The Recorder, 2020

BB&K is helping public agencies navigate Public Records Act compliance with our new Advanced Records Center. Combining legal know-how with cutting-edge technology, ARC provides comprehensive and cost-effective support for all records-related matters, including PRA requests. To learn more, visit the ARC page or email

Legal Alerts Mar 19, 2021

Disclosing Law Enforcement Personnel Records

The Intersection Between Brady Lists, Pitchess Statutes and SB 1421

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 20, 2021

Public Record Costs

Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel Christine Wood Discusses National Lawyers Guild v. City of Hayward in Sacramento Magazine

Legal Alerts Jan 19, 2021

Elected Officials Entitled to Some, Not All, Public Agency Records

Access Depends on if Record Request is from “Elected Official” or “Member of the Public”

Legal Alerts Jan 07, 2021

California Public Records Act Update

New CPRA Case Law and Legislation for 2021

Legal Alerts Jun 04, 2020

Jurisdiction Over CPRA Cases Not Limited to Courts in the County Where Records are Situated

A California Appellate Court Draws a Distinction between the Power of a Court to Rule —“Jurisdiction”— and the Proper Place for a CPRA Suit —“Venue”

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 03, 2020

Investigatory Privilege and California Public Records Act Requests

It's the Information, Not the Record, that Must be Considered, Say BB&K's Christine Wood and Isaac Rosen in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts May 29, 2020

California Supreme Court: Government Cannot Charge Fee to Redact Police Body Camera Footage

California Public Records Act Provision Permitting Public Agencies to Charge for “Extraction” Analyzed

Legal Alerts Apr 03, 2020

Public Records Requests During COVID-19 Crisis

California Public Agencies Struggle with CPRA Compliance

Legal Alerts Feb 11, 2020

Another SB 1421 Decision Against Law Enforcement Agencies

Police Records Must Be Disclosed Even if Created or Officer Employed By Different Agency, California Appellate Court Says

Legal Alerts Jan 16, 2020

California Public Records Act Case Law Update

Part 2: New CPRA Laws for 2020

Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2020

California Public Records Act New Legislation

Part 1: New CPRA Laws for 2020

Authored Articles & Publications Nov 27, 2019

Record Disclosure Obligations for California Police

BB&K's Christine Wood Gives Updates on AB 748 and SB 1421 in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Oct 09, 2019

LAPD, ACLU Reach Settlement in Public Records Act Lawsuit

LAPD Agrees to Requirements Significantly Beyond the CPRA

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 10, 2019

CPRA: The Only Constant is Change

ARC’s Christine Wood Discusses Calif. Public Records Act Updates in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 31, 2019

President’s Twitter Use a Cautionary Tale for Public Officials

BB&K’s Christine Wood and HongDao Nguyen Discuss Social Media and 1st Amendment in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Jun 26, 2019

Public Agencies Should Follow Appellate Decision on SB 1421 Despite New, Conflicting Ruling

Ventura County Decision Latest to Address Public Release of Police Records

Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2019

California Court of Appeal Publishes Opinion Requiring Release of Police Personnel Records Under SB 1421

Decision is Binding on All Trial Courts in the State

Legal Alerts Feb 26, 2019

Attorney-Client Privilege Successfully Argued by City in PRA Case

California Appellate Court Decision Says Even a Judge Can’t Review Privileged Records

Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2019

Public Agency Access to Data Does Not Make Data Disclosable Under PRA

California Appellate Court Ruling in Anderson-Barker v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Legal Alerts Feb 11, 2019

First Court Ruling on Merits of SB 1421

Police Unions’ Argument to Block Release of Pre-2019 Records Found “Legally Unmeritorious”

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 08, 2019

Open Secrets: Police Records and the PRA

BB&K’s Christine Wood and Alexander Brand Go In-Depth on SB 1421 in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine

Legal Alerts Feb 04, 2019

California Public Records Act Update

Legislative and Court Updates Impacting PRA in 2018

Legal Alerts Jan 29, 2019

SB 1421 Challenged in Courts, But Most California Public Agencies Must Still Produce Peace Officer Records

Police Unions Obtain Temporary Restraining Orders to Stop Record Disclosures

Legal Alerts Jan 16, 2019

California Attorney General’s Office Clarifies its Information Bulletin Regarding Public Access to Police Records

Information Bulletin Regarding SB 1421 Does Not Impose New Records Retention Requirements

Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2018

Public Agencies Do Not Have to Create Records for PRA Requesters

California Appellate Court Reinforces Principle

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 23, 2018

The Public Square has Gone Online

BB&K Attorneys Christine Wood and HongDao Nguyen Write About Public Officials’ Social Media Use in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Jul 30, 2018

Public Agency Spared Attorneys’ Fees Award in Reverse PRA Action

California Appellate Court Decision National Conference of Black Mayors, et al. v. Chico Community Publishing Company

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 20, 2018

Emails and E-Discovery: California Public Records Act

BB&K's Christine Wood Explores San Jose Ruling Repercussions in PublicCEO

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2018

Digital Public Records

BB&K Attorney Christine Wood Discusses Record Retention Policies in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2018

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials

First Amendment Issues and Social Media Accounts as Public Forums

Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2018

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute

Part III: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2018

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions

Part II: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Legal Alerts Apr 17, 2018

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions

Part I: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

  • "Peace Officer Records and the Public Records Act," Daily Journal, March 5, 2020
  • "Questions Emerge After High Court Public Records Decision," Daily Journal, Sept. 12, 2018

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