At Underwood Law Office our law firm makes our community safer by representing people needlessly harmed by others. We are proud to help people in their most desperate times of need. We are dedicated to obtaining justice for the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless and the defenseless. Our lawyers are committed to the jury system. We believe it is the most effective method of ensuring the powerless receive justice from the powerful. Our clients should expect comfort, counsel, expertise and communication during our representation.
We’re a Law Firm to Stand Up For People
“At one time or another, everyone knows what it’s like to be taken advantage of by someone more powerful. Our lawyers stand up for people in their most desperate times of need. Our jury system is the last recourse for the powerless against the powerful. Our goal is to get your life back.”
Frisco, Allen, McKinney Attorney Mark Underwood
When Mark Underwood was growing up, a corner was set aside in his house for a picture of a young man in a military uniform. When Mark was old enough, he asked: “Mommy who is that a picture of?”
His mom told him: “Mark, that’s a picture of Alfred Edsel Elkins. He is my daddy. He is your grandfather. He was a coal miner with the McKell Coal Company. He left the mines to fight in World War, II. When he got home, he worked for a chemical company called Union Carbide. Union Carbide was a dangerous place to work. It did not care about safety. Your grandfather was killed while working at Union Carbide. I was only eight years old when he died. Your uncles were even younger. It was very hard on our family.”
Over the years, the story stuck with Mark Underwood. Mark went to law school. After graduating from law school in 1989, he worked for large law firms with clients like Union Carbide. His mother’s story was always with him. He knew he wanted to help people get their life back after terrible disasters. He knew he wanted to help families going through tough times like his mother did. As soon as he got the chance to start his own law firm, he took the opportunity.
In 1997, he started Underwood Law Offices. Since then, Underwood Law Offices has helped people in their most desperate times of need. They are dedicated to obtaining justice for the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless and the defenseless. Their lawyers are committed to the jury system. They believe it is the most effective method of ensuring the powerless receive justice from the powerful.
Underwood Law Offices has the experience and resources to represent clients in the widest variety of cases. Their cases have ranged from the catastrophic 2010 Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Explosion that killed 29 people, the 2013 West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion that killed 15 people, the 2014 Freedom Industries MCHM Chemical Spill that poisoned the water for 300,000 people to a $40.00 ERISA case that made international news.
Its areas of practice include: 1. Personal injury; 2. Disability; 3. Family law; 4. Workers’ Compensation; 5. Criminal Defense; 6. Consumer Protection. 7. Mass torts/multi plaintiff/class actions, and disasters.
Mark Forest Underwood
John Patrick L. Stephens
Our Goal Is To Get Your Life Back
To schedule your free consultation with a member of our team, please call our McKinney office at 972-535-6377 or our Huntington office at 304-522-0508. You may also send us an email. Se habla español.
Mark Forest Underwood
Mark Underwood is the owner of Underwood Law Office, Inc. He makes the world safer by representing victims needlessly injured by others.
He currently represents 185 victims of the West, TX fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and injured 300. He also represents six of 14 class representatives in the class action arising from the Freedom Industries MCHM chemical spill that poisoned the water for 300,000 people in Charleston, WV.
Past cases have ranged from the catastrophic Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, to customers set fire at gas stations by static electricity, and a $40.00 ERISA case that made international news. He has been featured on talk shows, including Fox & Friends. A medical malpractice case was discussed on Oprah.
He is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Texas, California and Washington, D.C.
He was elected a member of the West Virginia State Legislature in 1996 at age 32.
He has been recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, (2007), Marquis Who’s Who in American Law (2005-present), Marquis Who’s Who in America (2005-present), and Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2005-present). He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1992), the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (2001) and the American Association of Justice’s Ultimate Advocacy College (2002, 2013).
He received his law degree from the Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 1989. He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) in 1986.
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. While in college, Mark was the captain of his college track team and a conference champion in the pole vault.
Mark formerly practiced law in Los Angeles, California, for Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May which has since become the California offices of one of the world’s largest firms, Reed Smith.
He completed his first marathon at 48 years of age in Dallas, TX. He has been skydiving, heliskiing, white water rafting and obtained his private pilot’s license.
He is married to Cynthia Walker Underwood of McKinney, Texas. They have a son, Chace Forest Underwood. They reside in McKinney, TX.
Areas of Practice
30% Injury and Car Wrecks
30% Mass Torts and Disasters
20% Disability Law
10% Criminal Defense
10% Family Law
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
West Virginia, 1996
District of Columbia, 1998
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
J.D. – 1989
Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
B.A. – 1986
Major: Business Law
Honors and Awards
Virginia Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2007
Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 2005 – present
Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2005 – present
Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2005 – present
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Association of Justice, Member
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
West Virginia House of Delegates, Member, 1997 – 1998
Past Employment Positions
Hagenbush & Murphy, Lawyer, 1989 – 1992
Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, Lawyer, 1992 – 1995
Pro Bono Activities
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College