Kent was raised in Marquette Michigan. In 1997, at the age of 18, he received the Governor's Volunteer Youth Award. In 2002 he graduated from Michigan State University summa cum laude. He went on to graduate from Cooley Law School as a cum laude graduate in 2007.
After graduating Law School, Kent decided to remain in Lansing, Michigan. He spent the next four years practicing law and was admitted to practice into the Eastern and Western District Federal courts.
In 2011, Kent made the decision to become a solo practitioner, emphasizing his area of practice on family law and probate and estate law. Two years later, in 2013, he joined forces with United Paralegals of America and Wood & Associates, PLLC was born.
Kent's mission is to assist clients in making informed and educated decisions with no false representation, and to provide realistic expectations for their outcomes. Over the course of the last nine years, he has represented thousands of clients, handled multi-million dollar trusts, and provided pro-bono work for select local residents in need.
Kent and his wife Mandy have eight children who all attend Holt public schools. He is the assistant Scout Master of Troop 43 in Diamondale, Michigan, is an avid fisherman, and enjoys playing board games such as Catan and Lord of Waterdeep.
Brigette was born and raised in Oakland County, MI. She grew up in Rochester Hills. While growing up she embraced diversity every step of the way.
Brigette is a proud veteran; she was honorably discharged from the US Air Force in 2001.
Brigette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Michigan State University. Her next step was to pursue her passion for law, which led her to graduate cum laude from Cooley Law School in 2012. Her collegiate career continued, by earning two LLMs in Corporate Law and Insurance Law from Western Michigan University. She passed the bar in 2014 and was admitted into the Eastern District of Michigan in 2015. It is very important for Brigette to be a member of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Animal Legal Defense.
Currently, Brigette resides in Lansing with her spouse and child. Giving back to the community by doing pro bono work in the field of animal law brings Brigette a lot of joy. While English is her primary language, Brigette does speak Spanish and Swahili.
Jackee was born and raised in The Cereal City (Battle Creek, MI). Growing up, he was an active member in the community and captain of his high school baseball team. Jackee prides himself in having earned perfect attendance from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Jackee attended Michigan State University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising degree. During the pursuit of his Juris Doctorate degree at Cooley Law School, he made the dean's list several times and received the Board of Director's Award for Outstanding Lawyering from the Elder Law Clinic. In 2014 and 2015, he was admitted into the State Bar of Michigan and the Western District of Michigan respectively.
Jackee resides in Lansing, Michigan with his two dogs. Working out it his passion. When he is not in the gym, you will find him at the park with his dogs.
"Being able to make a difference in the communities that have given so much to me is truly humbling." - Jackee Moss
Jami is a native of Olivet Michigan. She graduated from Olivet in 2004 and went on to study Legal Administration at Kellogg Community College, in Battle Creek, MI. She joined Wood & Associates in 2013 and was exclusively mentored by Attorney Kent Wood for five years. She continues to further her education through the Institute for Paralegal Education.
Over the last 7 years, Jami has thrived as a Paralegal and Administrative Assistant. She specializes in bankruptcy and child custody. You can see she has a passion for helping people every day through the work that she does, and she takes pride in creating long lasting relationships with our clients.
Jami and her husband Chris have been blessed with two children. When she is not at the office, Jami and her family enjoy traveling, water sports, and boating.
Ann was born and raised in Perry, Michigan, and graduated from Perry High School. In 2003 she joined the United States Army Signal Corp.
After being honorably discharged, she went on to further her education at Career Quest. She obtained her associate degree in Legal Studies. She was then invited to start her career with a solo practitioner, where she worked until 2019 when she joined the staff at Wood & Associates, PLLC.
It will only take you minutes to see the fire and passion that Ann has for our clients and the legal profession. She is even considering furthering her education to become an attorney. Her dedication is unparalleled by anybody.
Ann is a very devoted mother to her three sons. At her core, she is what you would call a bookworm! She loves to read and finds relaxation in doing that, and spending time with her husband and children.
Deborah was born and raised in Calhoun County, Michigan. In 2010, she graduated from Tekonsha High School and went on to attend Olivet College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology.
Deborah is always the person that walks in with a smile, answers our phones cheerfully, and is happy to take care of our guests and clients in any way she possibly can. Her meticulous care and attention to detail make her a standout from the rest.
Deb and her husband Carl, daughter Payton, and dog Luna enjoy the outdoors lifestyle. They enjoy camping, fishing, and hunting. Do not think that this girl will not get her hands muddy!
Christine was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. After graduating from Northwest High School, Christine attended Michigan State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then attained her Juris Doctorate degree from Cooley Law School with a concentration in Litigation. While at Cooley Law School, Christine also made the Dean's List. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2010.
Christine is actively involved in the community and enjoys spending time with her son. Her passion for people and dedication to justice drives her to be the attorney willing to go the extra mile.
Paul was born and raised in St. Claire, MI, and graduated from St. Claire High School in 2006. He went on to graduate summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in History and Spanish. In 2013 Paul graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and won the juris prudence award in research, writing and advocacy. After law school Paul started practicing with a firm in Saginaw, Michigan until joining the Wood and Associate's Battle Creek location in 2018, to provide the firm with an Attorney fluent in Spanish.
Paul is a highly skilled Attorney. He is the Attorney that you might catch at the office on a Saturday afternoon, putting in the extra time that helps win cases. He is always willing to go the extra mile, and nobody could ever question his dedication to his clients.
When Paul is not at the office, you could find him at a museum or coffee shop. He enjoys reading, exploring, and supporting Battle Creek's small local businesses, and enjoys fine wine and artisanal cheeses.
Karen was born in Honduras. She immigrated to the United States when she was just ten years old and spent most of her childhood and adult life in New York City.
Karen attended New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies and graduated magna cum laude. Karen worked as a paralegal for over 10 years, a time during which she developed a strong passion for the law and for helping people.
Her passion led her to Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she graduated cum laude. Through determination, perseverance, and drive, Karen was on the Dean's list several times, participated in Law Review as a Preemption and Screening Editor, and received Certificates of Merit. She was also the recipient of the Leadership Achievement Award for her involvement in leadership roles.
When Karen is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Carl, and their dog, Robbie. For Karen, it is especially important to spend time with her family and friends whom she loves very much. She also enjoys taking long walks, traveling, and being outdoors during the summer season
If you ask Joe, he will say he is the janitor, but his work expands to much more than that. Not only is Joe our Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he is also our marketing strategist. Joe also oversees client intakes, staffing, and much more. Joe is the type of person to whom you can take any problem to, so when issues arise, the entire Wood & Associates staff knows that they can take those issues up to him for direction and solutions.
Joe and his significant other, Suzanne, have three children and three dogs. When Joe is not at work, he enjoys a nice day on the boat, or a nice dinner with a nice bottle of red wine. Joe and Suzanne also enjoy being outdoors and doing anything that involves being in nature such as camping, swimming, etc.