Elijah Underwood is the founder of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., where the firm's focus is partition actions, partnership disputes, and real estate law. Before founding the firm, Eli was a partner at another general practice firm, which he left to open this boutique partition firm.
Eli is a licensed real estate broker, real estate investor, and lawyer who has represented congressmen, won jury and bench trials, and whose efforts have already changed state law. Eli is a member of the Executive Committee for the California Lawyer’s Association Real Property Section, and the instructor on Partitions and Co-Ownership Relationships for the California Association of Realtors.
While in law school at the University of California in San Francisco, Eli was a board-member for the award-winning Negotiation Team where he competed at the highest levels of national and international negotiation competitions.
Christine Luu is a lawyer with the firm, where she assists the firm’s clients with partition actions, real estate matters, and civil litigation.
Christine graduated with a Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2022. She was a member of the school’s Moot Court Honors Board where she competed at national moot court competitions and won awards. She was also a member of McGeorge’s Elder and Health Law Clinic where she assisted in pro bono representation to Sacramento’s underserved community members.
Abel Edens is a lawyer with the firm, where he assist the firm's clients with partition actions, real estate matters, and civil litigation.
Abel received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining the firm, Abel externed for both the Honorable Judge Sean P. Dabel at the San Mateo Superior Court, and Associate Justice Jon B. Streeter at the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
Abel completed his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley where he undertook leadership positions in student organizations and the school's LEAD Center.
Sandy graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2022. She served on the board of the school’s Real Estate Law Society where she worked alongside classmates and attorneys to increase networking opportunities for law students. She also received a First Honors in Secured Transactions in Real Property.
Before joining the firm, Sandy worked as a law clerk at Law Advocate Group, LLP, a civil litigation firm based in Beverly Hills. She also volunteered at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she assisted in drafting legal FAQs to assist undocumented immigrants in opening small businesses.
Jackie Jenkins is the firm’s Administrator, working out of the Los Angeles location. She brings to the firm more than 30 years of law firm and corporate legal experience.
Before joining the firm, Jackie worked as an Associate Administrator at a large health care organization. Prior to that, she was the Administrator at an insurance defense litigation law firm.
In her role, Jackie works with the Firm’s Management to ensure the seamless operation of the firms’ business areas. Her responsibilities include managing all locations, employees, and all business management functions, including financial management, budgeting, employee engagement, and process improvement initiatives.
Allyson Ballou is the Director of Client Relations at the Underwood Law Firm. Allyson oversees client intake procedures and client relations, handles data analysis, and contributes to the firm’s networking and marketing efforts.
Before joining our firm, Allyson worked as a crisis counselor in several settings, including schools, group homes, and teen rehab centers.
Allyson also ran her own practice as a Trauma Resolution Counselor before joining the firm.
Galina Gonzales is a paralegal with the firm. Galina was born and raised in Moldova and moved to the United States in 2011. She speaks three languages.
Mrs. Gonzales graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the International University of Moldova in 2011.
Mrs. Gonzales prepares and processes legal documents such as motions, complaints, summons, subpoenas, discovery, and schedules depositions.
Jennifer Brito, a native of Orange County, is a dedicated Paralegal at our firm. She plays an integral role in our team, working closely with attorneys and fellow paralegals to ensure that every client's case is meticulously prepared for presentation.
Brito's academic background is rooted in philosophy, having earned her bachelor's degree from the California State University Fullerton.
Prior to this achievement, she obtained her Paralegal Degree from the ABA-approved Paralegal program at Santa Ana College, laying a solid foundation for her career in law.
Roxanne Jones is the firm's Client Liaison and provides support beginning with the initial intake process, while also focusing on ensuring that each client's needs are met with respect, empathy, and the utmost confidentiality. Roxanne comes from an extensive customer service-based background at a large health care organization.
Prior to joining the firm, Roxanne worked as a social services representative and mental health counselor. Currently, Roxanne is pursuing her paralegal certification at National University and also holds a degree in social and behavioral sciences. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, and researching various topics.
Grace LeBlanc is a law clerk who supports the firm's attorneys in their partition cases.
Grace is in her third year at Chapman Dale E. Fowler School of Law, expects to graduate in May 2024, and will take the California Bar in July 2024. She serves on the Chapman Law Review as an Executive Article Submissions Editor and on Chapman's Moot Court Competition Board. She previously interned with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel, where she assisted in advising USDA agencies on matters involving state property law, federal agency tort immunity, and constitutional taking issues. She has also worked as a law clerk for Grochow Law, APC, an employment firm in Aliso Viejo.