Slater Elza Joins Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Underwood Shareholder, Slater C. Elza, was recently invited to join the prestigious Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.  The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) is an international organization set up to provide an opportunity for proven, successful trial attorneys to associate with similarly qualified trial attorneys, and to identify the successful defense trial attorney for those persons in search of an attorney. Because the Association only permits one prime member per one million population for each city, town, or municipality, an ADTA member holds special distinction. ADTA’s exclusive selection process assures potential clients that they have the name of a highly qualified, experienced and successful defense trial attorney in that community or region. Mr. Elza chairs the Underwood Law Firm’s Litigation Section and regularly defends clients in matters litigated throughout Texas, and around the country.

Underwood’s Litigation Practice Group offers experience and expertise at every stage of a civil dispute, from pre-suit investigation and case evaluation through settlement negotiations, discovery, trial, and appeal. We also handle arbitration, mediation, and defense of administrative investigations and proceedings.

Underwood attorneys and paralegals devote themselves to achieving the best result for all of our clients in cases ranging from simple, single-Plaintiff disputes to complex class action or multi-party litigation. We are equipped with the latest technology to address complex litigation in both state and federal courts, and we have attorneys with substantial experience in matters involving high volumes of electronic discovery, expert discovery and testimony, and complex legal issues.   

In collaboration with our other practice groups, Underwood’s Litigation Practice Group can handle any type of civil litigation, including, but not limited to, cases involving administrative law, agriculture, antitrust and competition, banking and finance, civil rights, construction, contract and commercial disputes, education and school law, employment and labor, medical negligence, municipalities, oil and gas, real estate, and securities.  Although our docket primarily involves civil defense, we also represent plaintiffs in commercial and personal injury cases.

Underwood client closes on $77 million financing with Private Equity Group

Mitchell Moses, Dave Goad, and John Atkins recently represented an oil and gas development company in the negotiation and structuring of a joint venture with a private equity group. The transaction went from a draft letter of intent to closing in less than two weeks in order to meeting an acquisition deadline. Mr. Moses and Mr. Atkins handled the debt repayment and services agreement portions of the transaction while Mr. Goad evaluated tax implications and drafted operating agreements for affiliates of the joint venture company. 

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Stephanie James Named 2017 Texas Rising Star

Underwood is pleased to announce that Stephanie James has been named to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list of exceptional young lawyers.

Texas Rising Stars honorees are selected based on nominations by other Texas attorneys. To be eligible, lawyers must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor. The Texas Rising Stars list is published in the April 2017 issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazines.

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