“Utmost degree of professionalism…”
Jim is very hands on with his clients and we feel that he has served our legal needs with the utmost degree of professionalism and care. I would highly recommend him.
"I would highly recommend him"
Jim has been helping our family with personal and business legal matters for the past several years. Our legal needs have ranged from a complicated estate to real estate transactions and we feel that he has performed in an exemplary manner.
"Professionalism with Integrity"
Jim Underwood assisted me in a very challenging business situation. His ability in researching unfamiliar circumstances demonstrates his competencies, and desire, to meet his clients' goals with positive outcomes.
"I Highly Recommend"
I highly recommend Jim Underwood to anyone who is looking for legal help in Real Estate. Jim is very knowledgeable and thorough. We have worked with other firms before but we now stick to Underwood Law. It is really easy to work with Jim and we would continue to work with his firm.
Jim Underwood is exceptionally knowledgeable on the legal process, documentation, repercussions, and weighing the best possible outcome. He is professional, thorough, trustworthy and I truly appreciate his dedication to my case.
"Helped Avoid High Legal Costs"
I run a PR and Marketing consultancy in the Pacific Northwest, serving a range of clients across multiple industries. I have worked with Jim Underwood on several contractual and litigation related matters with my clients and was impressed with his dedication to providing practical and personal legal services. In several instances, he helped avoid high legal costs for my clients facing business disputes by working hard to achieve prompt and fair results. He is also an invaluable resource for general business legal services. I highly recommend Jim Underwood.
"Entire Process Was Made Very Easy"
James Underwood has helped guide me on the legal needs of my business. He helped me cover the essentials while charging a very fair price! The entire process was made very easy! I would highly recommend Underwood Law to anyone is looking for legal help.
Jim helped with my business entity change. He informed me of the process, requirements and fees. He also coordinated the updates with my CPA. Jim is very professional, I wouldn't hesitate to use him again or recommend to others
Mr. Underwood want out of his way to help me he did outstanding job I will recommend him for any one. If I need representative in the future I will be honored to work with him.
"I Highly Recommend His Services"
Jim does an outstanding job working for his clients. I highly recommend his services.
Highly recommend using Jim Underwood! Thanks for the assistance.
"I Trust Him With Legal Decisions"
James has a great mind, I trust him with legal decisions for my dental offices, property rentals and personally as well. I Highly recommend him.
I bring nearly twenty years of legal industry experience to assist my business and individual clients with a wide-variety of legal matters including those related to: Business, Litigation, Real Estate, and Arbitration.
My business practice focuses on all stages of legal existence from entity formation to governance and dissolution and includes: general counsel and advice; contract drafting, evaluation, and negotiation; employment law; collections; real estate purchases, sales, and leasing; business acquisitions and transactions; regulatory compliance; and, dispute resolution, and litigation. My civil litigation practice focuses primarily on contract disputes, real property conflict resolution, and business dispute resolution and litigation. My real estate practice focuses on purchases, sales, leasing, and dispute resolution and litigation.
I am a Circuit Court Arbitrator in fourteen (14) Oregon Counties and a private Arbitrator. I have substantial experience arbitrating contract, business, personal injury, landlord tenant, real property, collections, leasing, employment, and many other civil disputes. I also serve in Washington County as a Judge Pro Tem; handling small claims, civil motions, and FED matters.
My experience as a business attorney, litigator, real estate attorney, Arbitrator, and Judge Pro Tem provides my clients, litigants, and the community with seasoned, practical, fair, and reasoned counsel, advocacy, and decision-making.
An Oregonian since 1998, I was raised in Southern California and obtained my B.A. degree in Political Science with High Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. I graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with a J.D. in 2001. During law school, I worked with the Oregon Department of Justice in its Consumer Protection and Financial Fraud Section and later served as the Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Kip W. Leonard at the Lane County Oregon Circuit Court prior to starting my private legal practice.
My diverse legal industry experience includes working as a Public Defender, practicing in small and mid-sized private practice law firms, and successfully owning and operating my own law firms for seven years prior to joining the firm.
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife, family, friends, and pets and engaging in a wide-range of outdoor and personal activities including: skiing, backpacking, music, martial arts, photography, and giving back to the community. I am also a proud Eagle Scout.
Current Memberships & Affiliations
- Clackamas County Circuit Court, Arbitration Commission, Board Member since 2019
- Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary Board, Region 4, Member since 2018
- Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates, Region 4, Member since 2014
- Oregon State Bar, Lawyer-to-Lawyer, Volunteer since 2013
- Washington County Bar Association, Member since 2012
- Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Member since 2012
- Oregon State Bar, 2004
- Washington State Bar, 2011
- United States District Court, District of Oregon, 2006
- University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 2001
- University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. High Honors, 1997