Elaine Wood is a managing director in the Disputes and Investigations practice at Duff & Phelps, focusing on fraud, anti-bribery investigations and whistle-blower cases. She is a former federal prosecutor with over 20 years’ experience conducting international investigations and consulting on issues relating to risk and regulatory compliance. She works with counsel on the implementation of compliance policies and controls, specializing in emerging technology solutions in security and risk management. She also conducts asset tracing investigations and provides background intelligence as part of a litigation support practice.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Elaine was a Managing Director for 20 years at Kroll and, more recently, at Alvarez & Marsal, where she oversaw high-profile fraud investigations and helped implement compliance protocols. She uncovered widespread corruption orchestrated by the COO of a major corporation, enabling the company to sue and recover significant damages. She conducted a successful undercover investigation for Madison Square Garden, exposing a scheme to divert season subscriptions to illegal ticket brokers, and she helped devise business controls to prevent future fraud. She also developed source information for CNN to help refute reports that nerve gas was used in Vietnam in violation of the Geneva Convention. Elaine served as a court-appointed monitor in the waste carting industry in New York for five years, and she designed an international monitoring protocol to eliminate child labor abuse in the sporting goods industry.
Prior to Kroll, Elaine served for six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she led fraud and racketeering cases, entering a consent decree in one case that instituted a court- appointed monitorship.
Elaine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from Columbia University. She began her career at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Elaine is proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Legal Momentum, the Women’s Defense & Education Fund. Founded in 1970, Legal Momentum is dedicated to advance the rights of all women and girls.
Elaine is a member of the New York Women’s Forum.