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.
Matthew Lee is an Associate Attorney at Underwood Law Firm. Matt assists clients with partition actions, partnership disputes, and in civil litigation.
Matt obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2022 from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he obtained a Business Law Certificate and was a research assistant.
Matt graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in economics, obtaining a markets and management certificate, and a minor in psychology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.