Areas of Practice
Reliable guidance on formation of business entities, compliance matters, tax planning, employee contracts and other employment legal matters and more. Don’t make a costly mistake when you can instead avail yourself of cost-effective counsel.
Does your chosen entity really impact your business success? Answer: yes. Not only do you need to choose the entity that complies with state and federal regulations, you want to select the one that makes most financial sense.
Whether you’re just starting a business or have been practicing long-term, you need access to reliable, watertight contracts and the legal advice to back them up. We provide seasoned advice to keep you on track for the life of your business.
When you’re not in compliance, you’re at constant risk of losing everything you hold dear. We provide guidance and counsel on Federal, State, and Local Regulatory Filings, Risk Mitigation, Licensing, Compliance Services, Zoning Matters, and more.
You try to avoid litigation, of course, but sometimes it’s just not possible. At those times, you need seasoned guidance to help you achieve the best outcomes and move on as quickly as possible. We provide advice and legal services on Arbitration Prosecution and Defense Services, Contract, Real Property, Civil Actions, etc.
To run a successful business, you need to stay on top of Accounts Receivable. We’ll help you get the money you’re owed wherever possible, and advice on court proceedings and other legal action when necessary. We also offer specialized advice on Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Real estate is not a simple industry. With so many rules, regulations and potential disputes on the table, it’s important to have legal counsel available when you need it. We provide assistance with Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Preparation & Negotiation of Leases, Deed Preparation & Recording, Boundary Disputes, Evictions, and more.
Whether you’re planning your own estate or dealing with the estate of someone recently deceased, it’s important to know the ins and outs of probate law. We offer experienced counsel on Probate Disputes & Litigation, Personal Representatives, Probate Proceedings, Estate Planning to Mitigate Risks & Taxes, etc.
If you want courtroom rulings to swing in your favor, you need experienced arbitration. We offer both prosecution and defense to help you secure a good outcome. Mr. Underwood also serves Oregon Circuit Courts and acts as an Arbitrator for Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties.
Meet 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.
On 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.
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