Wood & Smith Legal Services, LLC


Phillip W. Wood

Phillip Wood served in the Judge Advocate General Corp for 28 years and has 27 years of judicial experience as the district judge of Autauga County. His military service began in the Army National Guard, and he later transferred to the Air National Guard.  He deployed to Germany and Norway for NATO training.  He later deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch, when the United States was enforcing the no-fly zone in Iraq.

His military career includes the following service:

  •       HQ, Alabama Air National Guard
  •       187th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard
  •       926th Engineer Group, Army National Guard

He is a melanoma survivor and understands the uncertainty that accompanies a very serious diagnosis.  Phillip is committed to helping disabled veterans and their dependents receive the benefits they deserve as a result of the veteran’s service-related medical condition.  His father, a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, is a disabled veteran.

Phillip is a VA accredited attorney and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  He is also a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA).

While serving as district judge, he was awarded the Judicial Conservationist of the Year Award presented by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, established the first Teen Court in the State of Alabama, worked as an adjunct professor at Troy University, and was chairman of the first Children’s Policy Council in Alabama to achieve level one, which is the highest performing level obtainable. He has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Prattville Lions Club, President of the Heart Association of Autauga County, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity. He currently serves as a special circuit judge of Autauga County, holds a real estate broker’s license, and teaches as an adjunct professor in criminal justice.

Prior to becoming district judge of Autauga County, Phillip worked in the private practice of law, served on the Autauga County Commission, and served on the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Prattville.

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Auburn University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama.

Emily W. Smith

Emily Smith is a VA accredited attorney and the wife of a veteran.

Prior to joining Wood & Smith Legal Services, LLC, she worked for NAVAIR, a command of the United States Navy, in China Lake, California, where her husband was stationed. At NAVAIR she administered contracts for the federal government. She earned a Level II contracting certification from the Defense Acquisition University, managed high dollar contracts, and negotiated with contractors. Emily is an adjunct instructor of legal studies and criminal justice.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from The University of Alabama and a Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama.