Ryan T. Wood

Ryan T. Wood

Louisville, Kentucky
As an Associate at Gazak Brown, P.S.C. (formerly Darby and Gazak, P.S.C.) Mr. Wood handles all aspects of medical malpractice defense in Kentucky and Indiana. An accomplished and prolific writer, Mr. Wood continually researches the latest topics and interests concerning defense litigation. Mr. Wood has earned an AV - Martindale-Hubbell rating, the top rating obtainable, for his ethical and professional standards. In his free time, Mr. Wood enjoys watching and playing soccer.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Medical Malpractice Defense
  • 10% Litigation & Appeals
  • 10% Insurance Defense
  • 3% Premises Liability Defense
  • 2% Products Liability Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2012
  • Indiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2013


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Academic Fellow, Fall 2010
    • Honors: Top Grade Drafting, Fall 2011
    • Law Review: University of Louisville Law Review, Member, 2010 - 2012
  • Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. cum laude - 2009
    • Honors: Captain, Varsity Soccer, 2006-2009
    • Honors: Columnist, The Rambler
    • Honors: Henry Clay Scholar
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Busting the myths about employee handbooks., Business First, Vol. 28, No. 37 April 13th, 2012
  • Disability income unable to "earn" recovery under Kentucky's wrongful death statue., Louisville Bar Association: Bar Briefs, January , 2013
  • Aspects of electronic discovery in health care litigation. , Defense Research Institute, For the Defense Magazine, Young Lawyers Edition., February 2014, pg. 44., 2014
  • New Light on Physician-Industry Financial Transfers: Understanding the Sunshine Act , Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association, March Vol. 111, No. 3, pg. 57., 2014
  • The constitutionality of imputing punitive damages under KRS 411.184(3) , Louisville Bar Association: Bar Briefs, June ed., pg. 15, June 2013., 2013
  • Solar Powered Impeachment of Physician-Clients and Experts:Potential Effects of the Sunshine Act on Malpractice Litigation, Defense Research Institute, For the Defense Magazine, Medical Liability and Health Care Law ed. August , 2014
  • Author, Amicus Curiae Brief submitted to Kentucky Court of Appeals on behalf of Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc., regarding whether Kentucky should permit minors to recovery for damages suffered from the loss of a parent beyond the age of majority under KRS 411.135
  • Brown, Daniel, & Ryan Wood "The Real Victims of "Bad Faith" Claims?"" COMMON DEFENSE, KENTUCKY DEFENSE COUNSEL, SPRING/SUMMER 2016 ed., pg. 8-13
  • Wood, Ryan, "Can Defense Counsel Use the Affordable Care Act to Mitigate Damages in Kentucky" COMMON DEFENSE, KENTUCKY DEFENSE COUNSEL, Fall/Winter 2014 ed., pg. 16

Representative Clients

  • Medical Protective Company
  • Mag Mutual
  • State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company
  • ProAssurance
  • Norton Hospital, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • A/V - Top Rating Obtainable, Martindale-Hubbell Rating, 2016-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Napier Gault, PLC, Law Clerk, 2011 - 2012
  • Congressional Internship, Washington, D.C., Internship, 2008


  • English