The breakdown of attorney L. Lynn Wood’s relationship with his longtime client, casino mogul Steve Wynn, has been revealed in a new report, as Wood faces increasing scrutiny for his incendiary tweets leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Wood and Wynn, both longtime supporters of President Donald Trump, apparently haven’t spoken except through attorneys since last March, and Wood is suggesting he will spill Wynn’s legal secrets in a legal battle, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Best known for defending security guard Richard Jewell in defamation cases against false claims he was the 1996 Olympic bomber, Wood apparently blamed Wynn for derailing his push for Trump to posthumously award Jewell the Presidential Medal of Honor.
It comes after Wood was banned from Twitter last week after suggesting Vice President Mike Pence should face execution by firing squad for treason, while a Delaware judge kicked Wood off a case there this week for spewing a ‘toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication, and surprising incompetence.’
Lin Wood met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office at White House on March 11, 2020. He hoped to convince Trump to posthumously award Richard Jewell the Medal of Honor, but claims that casino mogul Steve Wynn derailed the push by questioning his competence in conversations with the president
Wood represented Wynn (above) for years, including in in defamation cases and private settlements involving women who alleged sexual misconduct, and now suggests he might spill the casino mogul’s legal secrets in a potential court battle
Wood did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Tuesday evening, requesting comment on the Journal article and the Delaware judge’s remarks.
Wood was for years considered one of the nation’s foremost defamation attorneys, representing the family of JonBenet Ramsey and, more recently, Covington Catholic teen Nicholas Sandman in suits against the media.
Over the course of 2020, Wood began to stake out more extreme positions, pushing increasingly dubious conspiracy theories linked to QAnon on his Twitter account.
A strong Trump supporter, Wood backed the president’s unfounded claims that the election was stolen through widespread fraud, and partnered with ‘Kraken’ attorney Sidney Powell in failed lawsuits to overturn the election results.
He also asserted that sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, who died behind bars in 2019, is still alive, and accused Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts of shocking sex crimes, without offering evidence.
And he tweeted that U.S. government agencies were conspiring with Communist China in a blackmail scheme involving child rape.
Wood was banned from Twitter on Friday after suggesting that Pence should ‘face execution by firing squad’ for ‘treason’, and claiming that Antifa secretly orchestrated the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump loyalists.
No evidence has emerged that left-wing extremists were involved in the attack, which came after Trump told his supporters to march on the Capitol from a nearby rally. Wood said Friday that he had ‘never advocated violence or civil war.’
Wood said his falling out with Wynn began at a dinner at Wynn’s Palm Beach mansion (above) on March 6, after the attorney delivered a long-winded toast at dinner
Lin Wood, a staunch ally of Donald Trump, suggested that Mike Pence could ‘face execution by firing squad’ for ‘treason’ for refusing to overturn the election results in Congress
In an interview with the Journal, Wood said his falling out with Wynn began at a dinner at Wynn’s Palm Beach mansion on March 6.
By his own admission, Wood says he gave a long-winded toast at the dinner, going around the table and praising everyone present for their accomplishments.
‘I said Steve was a visionary, and that he made people’s dreams come true,’ Wood recalled of his toast to his client, a billionaire who made his fortune in the casino industry.
After the dinner, Wood says that Wynn expressed his displeasure with the toast.
Wood says he had a conversation with Wynn, who is Jewish, about his own Christian faith, saying that the two men were ‘getting to that point in life where it might not be that important to have another $45 million home,’ and urging Wynn: ‘Maybe you ought to spend some of that on other people.’
The following day, Wynn fired Wood through another of his attorneys and ordered him to leave his house, Wood said.
The following week, on March 11, Wood had a meeting with Trump at the White House to push his campaign to honor Jewell, but nothing came of the plan.
Wood now says he heard through a friend months later that Wynn had questioned his sanity in a conversation with the president, and now blames the casino mogul for derailing his plan to honor Jewell.
Richard Jewell (left), the man falsely accused in the press as the 1996 Olympic bomber, speaks to CBS journalist Mike Wallace at the time of the controversy
Through his attorney, Wynn declined to comment on Wood’s account to the Journal.
‘Since the day Mr. Wood ceased representing me, I have avoided making any comment about him. My silence should not be considered as confirming any part of this narrative,’ Wynn said.
Wood was Wynn’s lawyer in defamation cases and private settlements involving women who alleged sexual misconduct, and is now suggesting that a potential defamation battle could reveal Wynn’s legal secrets.
‘I would tell everything I could to defend myself,’ Wood told the Journal.
Wood said that in a demand letter, he has asked Wynn to pay millions in damages for allegedly disrupting his relationship with Trump. Wood said that he warned Wynn’s attorneys that a full-blown court battle could risk the exposure of his work for Wynn.
‘I told him it stood a chance of opening attorney-client privilege. If your client is saying you’re not mentally stable, that might raise issues about what you did for that client and why,’ Wood said.
Meanwhile, on Monday a Delaware judge harshly rebuked Wood and revoked his right to represent former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page in a defamation suit stemming from the Mueller probe.
Judge Craig A. Karsnitz slammed Wood’s recent tweets, saying they partly ‘incited’ the storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to Bloomberg.
On Monday a Delaware judge harshly rebuked Wood and revoked his right to represent former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page (above) in a defamation suit
‘At least one tweet called for the arrest and execution of our vice-president,’ and ‘another alleged claims against’ Chief Justice Roberts that are ‘too disgusting and outrageous to repeat,’ Karsnitz wrote in a ruling.
‘No doubt these tweets, and many other things, incited these riots,’ he continued.
However, Karsnitz said that it was ultimately Wood’s participation in lawsuits challenging the presidential election results that disqualified him to represent Page.
The judge cited Wood’s involvement in lawsuits in Wisconsin and Georgia, saying that the suits were frivolous and had clear deficiencies.
‘The Georgia case was textbook frivolous litigation,’ and one of the Wisconsin complaints ‘would not survive a law school civil procedure class,’ he wrote.
‘The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication, and surprising incompetence,’ he wrote.
‘I acknowledge that I preside over a small part of the legal world in a small state. However, we take pride in our bar.’