James A. Underwood

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
– OSB House of Delegates, Region 4
– OSB Business Litigation Section
– OSB Litigation Section
– Washington State Bar (WSBA)
– 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

Professional Experience
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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