The first ever Women in Trial Travel Summit (WITTS) was held from April 1st through April 4th in 2022. Speaker sessions were held over three mornings, ending at noon each day so the women could enjoy their time in beautiful Punta de Mita, Mexico. There were five hosted events, including a welcome cocktail reception, lunch with keynote speaker, poolside cocktail hour with live mariachi music, dinner with a live Cuban band and beachside farewell brunch and champagne toast.
The 2nd Annual Women in Trial Travel Summit was held at the beautiful Conrad resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, again from April 12th through 16th. For our second year, we added an additional day for more speakers, more networking and more fun! There were MCLE classes in the mornings, with optional excursions in the afternoons. WITTS also hosts small group trips to international destinations like Italy, Curacao, Peru, Bali and Hong Kong. Fore more information about group trips, visit the Group Trip page.
The 3rd Annual Women in Trial Travel Summit will be held at the beautiful Conrad resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, again from April 3-7, 2024. The schedule will be similar to our 2023 event. MCLEs will be offered again.*
*A CLE application will be filed in the State of California. Once determination is received from California’s MCLE Board, all registered attorneys will be notified via email. Consult with the MCLE board in your state to determine eligibility.
April 3 - 7, 2024
Conrad Punta mita, Mexico
Meet Lauren Wood
Lauren Wood is the founder of the Women in Trial Travel Summit (WITTS) and owner of Travel is the Cure LLC, a company that hosts small group trips and conferences for women lawyers. Lauren came up with the idea to host a women's conference after being disappointed by what she's seen at other professional events. Lauren wanted to create a safe space for women where they can share stories, talk about their cases, learn from one another, network and develop greater bonds on a more intimate level. Whether it's at the main conference in Mexico or a small group trip in Tuscany, Lauren aims to connect women lawyers with one another in a space that is inviting and accepting, while also enjoying the beauty and culture of far-flung international destinations across the globe. She wanted to combine her two passions: being a trial lawyer and her love of travel. And so, WITTS was created as a creative space to marry the two.
Lauren's Work in the Courtroom
With over twelve years immersed in the field of litigation and trial advocacy, Lauren Wood stands as a seasoned professional specializing in plaintiffs' personal injury and wrongful death cases. As the founder of L Wood Law Corp, Lauren has navigated a diverse range of legal matters, showcasing her expertise in trials, arbitrations, and alternative dispute resolution methods.
Lauren has been at the forefront of numerous trials, where she often assumed the role of the solo trial attorney or lead chair. Adept at handling the intricacies of litigation, she has taken hundreds of depositions involving various parties, including defendant drivers, witnesses, police officers, corporate representatives, governmental entities, and experts in biomechanics, accident reconstruction, orthopedics, pain management and other medical fields.
Her track record boasts the achievement of hundreds of six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements, illustrating her dedication to securing favorable outcomes for her clients. Lauren is an active member of the State Bar of California, holding licenses to practice law in both California state courts and the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Before establishing her own firm, Lauren served as a trial attorney at Omega Law Group in Beverly Hills, managing a substantial caseload of high-value cases. In this role, she not only handled cases but also mentored litigation associates, providing instruction on deposition techniques, discovery practices, and general legal tips. She played a pivotal role in reviewing pre-litigation files, contributing valuable recommendations on the timing of case initiation.
Prior to her tenure at Omega Law Group, Lauren was a partner at the Law Offices of Schurmer and Wood in Ventura County. During her time there, she not only tried multiple cases to verdict but also mediated numerous disputes and conducted an extensive array of depositions.
Lauren's commitment to the legal community extends beyond her casework. Actively participating in local and statewide attorney organizations, she currently serves as the Treasurer and board member of the Western Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA), with plans to assume the role of president in 2025. Additionally, Lauren holds emeritus membership with the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) and contributed to the State Bar’s California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. She also held the position of Secretary for the Ventura County Barristers and served as a board member of the Ventura County Bar Association from 2019 to 2021.
In addition to board memberships, Lauren is also a member of numerous professional organizations, such as:
· Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
· Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
· Western Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) - current Secretary of the Executive Board
· The Ventura County Bar Association - Former Board Member
· The Ventura County Barristers - Former Board Member
· The Santa Barbara County Bar Association
· The Santa Barbara County Barristers
· The Santa Barbara Young Professionals
· The Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
· American Association for Justice (AAJ)
· The Ventura County chapters of the American Inns of Court
· The Santa Barbara County chapters of the American Inns of Court
· Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)
· Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) - Emeritus Member (5+ years of Board Member Service)
In addition to her success both in and out of the courtroom, Lauren Wood has received numerous professional accolades. Ms. Wood has been named a 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star. Ms. Wood was also nominated by the Santa Barbara Young Professionals for the 2015 Santa Barbara Young Professional of the Year, an award that recognizes professional achievements as well as community involvement and volunteer work. Lauren has also received numerous awards for her service to LATLC, including several presidential awards for outstanding achievement.
Lauren Wood received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. While in law school, Lauren also studied at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in Paris, France. Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Global Peace and Security.
Lauren grew up in Northern California, in a small town called Angels Camp. She currently resides in Woodland Hills with her son Tristan.