- Attorney at Law
Experienced, Aggressive, Professional, Effective, representation in the courtroom or in the board room, that is the service you get when you hire Knoxville Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr.
When Life Offers You Challenges, the Underwood Law Office Offers you Help
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. has been practicing law over twenty years. After getting his undergraduate degree from ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee and, thereafter, his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee, he began his career as a prosecutor in Hamilton County (Chattanooga, Tennessee) as an Assistant District Attorney General. He prosecuted hundreds of child support, criminal contempt, visitation and paternity cases.
He later returned to Knoxville as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Knoxville Law Department and developed additional experience in such areas as: employment law, employment practices, Title VII, race discrimination, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, worker's compensation, contracts, vehicle liability, civil rights, police misconduct, premises liability. Fair Housing Act violations; among other areas.
In 1999, he left the public sector and went into private practice where he has been since. In addition to continuing to practice in the listed areas above, Attorney Underwood also expanded his practice areas to include: criminal defense (federal & state; felonies & misdemeanors), Wills & Estates, probate litigation, family law, father's rights, contested divorce, insurance defense, insurance subrogation, premises liability, products liability, construction litigation and representation of professional athletes.
Less than 10% of all cases make it to trial. Therefore if your case is one of the ones that gets to trial, you want to have an attorney with a lot of experience inside the courtroom representing you. That is especially true regarding jury trials. Accordingly, from the time he started practicing law approximately twenty years ago through today, Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. has had hundreds of trials (jury and judge). He enjoys being inside the courtroom. He's not afraid of the courtroom (some lawyers are) and his experience enables him to aggressively and effectively represent his clients in the courtroom. He has frequently handled complex litigation.
On the other hand, many times cases get resolved through negotiations far away from the courtroom and in the board room, instead. Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. understands that dynamic as well and is equally aggressive negotiating in the board room on behalf of his clients.
Whether he's defending a corporation in a liability lawsuit; defending a father's rights case in civil or criminal court, defending a company in a worker's compensation case, or negotiating favorable contract terms for a pro athlete in the board room; Attorney George T. Underwood. Jr. understands the importance of strong aggressive representation of the client to get justice for the client.
Equally important to practicing law is giving back to and being involved in the community he serves. Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. is active in bar associations he belongs to such as the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers (TABL), the William H. Hastie Bar Association (WHH), the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and the National Bar Association (NBA).
He is also very active in numerous local civic and community groups.
AWARDS & HONORS
It is very humbling when people and organizations publicly recognize your efforts with awards. That is why Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. is appreciative of the Lincoln Memorial University- Duncan School of Law awarding him the 2010 Adjunct Law Professor of the Year Award for teaching Lawyering Skills II. He is also honored to be a past recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Commission of Greater Knoxville - ADVOCACY AWARD (2005); and he is equally thankful for having been chosen to receive the Knoxville Bar Association President's Award (1996).
As a former NCAA Division I scholarship athlete (basketball) it is not surprising that many of the hobbies Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. enjoys involve physical activity. Some of his hobbies include: biking, basketball & other sports, health club workouts, traveling, leisure reading and community organizing.
GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA
Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. provides legal services throughout east Tennessee from Chattanooga to Knoxville on up to the tri-cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) and all points in between.
He is licensed to practice law throughout the entire state of Tennessee and represents clients in other parts of the state as well, as retained to do so.
Finally, Attorney George T. Underwood, Jr. understands that when people need a lawyer they want that lawyer to be available. That is why he always strives to provide quality professional client customer service and return phone calls within 24 hours; offer clients evening and weekend appointments if needed to accommodate their busy schedules and provide quality legal service at reasonable rates and strives to achieve manageable payment arrangements.
Areas Of Practice
- Workers' Compensation
- Defense Liability
- Complex Litigation
- Insurance Defense
- Family Law
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Contested Divorce
- Sexual Harassment & Discrimination
- Retaliation Discrimination (age, race, color, gender, disability)
- Criminal Defense (felony & misdemeanor)
- Contract Law
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights
- Wrongful Termination
- Sports Law
- Wills & Probate
- Wrongful Death
- Tennessee, 1988
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1995
- University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
- J.D. - 1986
- East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
- B.S. - 1981
- Diversity is not Black and White, it's Green, Knoxville Bar Association DICTA Magazine, October, 2009
- Wright v. City of Knoxville, 898 S.W.2d 177 (Tenn. 1995), 1995, Tennessee Supreme Court
- M.T. Solutions, LLC
- Rodolfo Reyes
- Lawyering Skills II, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, 2010 to 2010
Honors and Awards
- Adjunct Law School Professor of the Year Teaching Lawyers Skills II, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Commission of Greater Knoxville 2005 Advocate Award Recipient
- Knoxville Bar Association President's Award Recipient
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Knoxville Bar Association, 1991
- Tennessee Bar Association, 1991
- Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers (TABL), Delegate, 2008
- William Henry Hastie Bar Association, President, 2009 to 2009
- National Bar Association (NBA)
Past Employment Positions
- Spicer Rudstrom PLLC, Attorney, 2004 to 2010
- Underwood Law Office, Attorney, 1999 to 2004
- Knoxville Law Department, Assistant City Attorney, 1991 to 1999
- Hamilton County District Attorney General, Assistant District Attorney, 1989 to 1991
Pro Bono Activities
- (NBA Associate Head Coach) Elston Turner Basketball Camp (elstonturnerbc.com), 1983 to 2010
- Serves on Numerous Board of Directors for 501 C 3 Agencies, 1988
- Mentoring, 2000
- Professional Sports Agent
- Adjunct Law Professor
- Kappa Alpha Psi