Chauntelle is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer representing companies in a broad range of civil and white-collar criminal matters. She has tried over 40 jury and bench trials.
Chauntelle's experience includes defending companies in mass tort suits, legacy litigation, environmental and operational matters, and oil & gas royalty and pipeline disputes. She has also litigated general commercial and white-collar matters, including construction failure matters, internal investigations for fraud or breach of fiduciary duties, internal environmental investigations, insurance and indemnity disputes and labor and employment matters.
Prior to private practice, Chauntelle served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s office, where she was the first-chair attorney in 28 jury trials and served as a Senior Felony Prosecutor and a Misdemeanor Court Chief.
Chauntelle has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she taught Trial Simulation to second-year law students.
Chauntelle is a Veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves where she served for 8 years.
- Lead Trial Lawyer in mass tort trial case for Exxon with over 8,000 plaintiffs
- Second-chair jury trial counsel in oil and gas royalty trial
- Assisted in Diligence and Closing of $500 million Oil & Gas Acquisition for Motiva in 2018
Awards & Community
Recognized in Best Lawyers as "One to Watch", 2021-2022
Institute for Energy Law, 2020-2021 Leadership Class
The National Black Lawyers, "Top 40 Under 40," 2020
Silent Hero Award - Harris County District Attorney's Office, 2017
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
Board Member - Texas Fair Defense Project
Vice President of the Board - Innocence Project of Texas
Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor
New Developments in Shocking Case Before the Texas Supreme Court Regarding Construction of Novel Oil & Gas Royalty TermExternal Article
Liskow & Lewis' The Energy Law Blog
CLE, hosted by Chauntelle R. Wood and Houston Pro-Bono Initiative for BP Oil Company and Houston Pro-Bono Initiative
CLE for BP Oil Company
CLE, hosted by Chauntelle R. Wood and Shell Oil Company, Speaker
CLE, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
CLE, Harris County District Attorney's Office
CLE, hosted by Crime Stoppers Houston, led by Harris County District Attorney's Office