James A. Underwood
James (Jim) Underwood has significant experience in many areas of law including: Business Law, Business Formations, Contracts & Leases, Regulatory Compliance, Civil Litigation, Collections, Real Estate, Probate, and Arbitration. Jim’s broad and well-rounded legal experience provides his clients with seasoned, effective, efficient, and sound legal counsel and representation.
An Oregonian since 1998, Jim was raised in Southern California and obtained his B.A. degree in Political Science with High Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. Jim graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with a J.D. in 2001 and clerked with both the Oregon Department of Justice and with the Honorable Kip W. Leonard in Lane County, Oregon Circuit Court. Jim has since worked in both small and large law firms in Oregon and has successfully run his own law firms since 2012.
Jim enjoys spending his free time with his family, friends, pets, and wife and enjoys the great outdoors, music, martial arts, photography, and giving back to the community.
Memberships & Affiliations
– Oregon State Bar (OSB), 2004
– OSB Business Law Section
– OSB Debtor/Creditor Section
– Washington State Bar (WSBA)
– OSB House of Delegates, Region 4
– Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
– Hillsboro Downtown Partnership (HDP), Board of Directors (Past Member)
– McKenzie River Trust (MRT), Board of Directors (Past Member)
Admitted to Practice
– Oregon State Bar, 2004
– Washington State Bar, 2011
– United States District Court, District of Oregon, 2006
– University of Oregon School of Law, JD, 2001
– University of California – Santa Barbara, BA High Honors, 1997
|Managing Attorney & Owner||Underwood Law LLC||2017- Present|
|Arbitrator||Multnomah County Circuit Court||2012 – Present|
|Arbitrator||Washington County Circuit Court||2012 – Present|
|Arbitrator||Clackamas County Circuit Court||2012 – Present|
|Attorney & Owner||Underwood Medina LLC||2012 – 2017|
|Attorney||Nancy Smith & Associates||2011 – 2012|
|Attorney||Speer Hoyt PC||2006 – 2008|
|Attorney||Law Office Of Cox & Associates||2006 – 2006|
|Attorney||Southern Oregon Public Defenders Office||2004 – 2006|
|Judicial Clerkship||Lane County Circuit Court||2001 – 2004|
|Law Clerk||Oregon Department Of Justice, Financial Fraud Section||1999 – 2001|
|Paralegal||Neil & Associates||1997 – 1997|
|Counselor||Consumer Credit Counseling Services||1997 – 1998|
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