Mark Underwood

Mark UnderwodMark Underwood is a trial lawyer who regularly tries cases to juries. He is licensed to practice before state and federal courts in West Virginia, California, Texas and Washington, D.C.

He received his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California in 1989. He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) in 1986. He was elected a member of the West Virginia State Legislature in 1996.  He founded Underwood Law Office, Inc. in 1997

He has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1992), the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (2001) and the American Trial Lawyers’ Association Ultimate Advocacy School (2002). While attending law school, Mark was elected to the School of Law Honor Board which adjudicated violations of the school’s honor code. He studied international law in London, England.  Mark formerly practiced law in Los Angeles, California, for Crosby Heafey, Roach & May which has since become the California Office of one of the world’s largest firms, Reed Smith.

“Everyone at one time or another knows what it’s like to be taken advantage of by someone more powerful,” says Mark Underwood. “We’re here to stand up for those people in their most desperate times of need.  Coal miners are some of the hardest working finest people I have ever met.”  It is not unusual for them to work 10 to 12 hours per day six days a week.  That is why we enjoy representing them.”

That passion for representing the injured, and sometimes forgotten and voiceless coal miner has made Underwood the law firm to call when miners are looking for zealous, dedicated representation. “We don’t represent coal companies or insurance companies,” Underwood says. “By definition, they are more concerned with profits than people. We’re proud that we respond quickly when people reach out to us. Our clients should expect comfort, counsel, competence and communication.”

In an era when most cases are routinely settled, the lawyers at Underwood Law Offices know their way to the courthouse—and what to do when they get there. “We try cases,” he says. “The jury is the last recourse for powerless people against the powerful.”

He is married to Cynthia Walker Underwood of McKinney, Texas.

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