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California Partition Lawyers

The Underwood Law Firm, P.C. is a boutique partition, real estate, and civil litigation firm with offices throughout California. At any given time, the firm is handling dozens of partition actions involving single-family homes, multi-million dollar apartment buildings, warehouses, vacant land, and farm land. Our attorneys have significant experience handling these cases in courts throughout the State, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, San Jose, San Diego, Riverside, Stockton, and the East Bay. As a result, clients throughout California seek out the Firm for its one-of-a-kind experience. You deserve an experienced counselor and aggressive attorney for your legal problems. The Underwood Law Firm P.C. exists to serve our clients and provide the highest possible value.

Firm Values—Dedicated

Our clients trust the firm with their problems because its practices are limited only to those things that we do well. When the firm takes on a client, it does so with the confidence that the pitfalls and traps are well known, and the client can be successfully guided to a positive outcome. For the California partition law firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., everything is done to make sure that each client’s trust is well placed.

As a result, the firm is very selective and limited in the clients and matters accepted. While some firms take on anything that comes in the door, the Underwood Law Firm, P.C. limits its practice to that which it can provide the highest possible value. You do not want to pay someone to learn how to practice law, or to re-invent the wheel. You deserve legal representation by someone who has been around the block, bought the t-shirt, and memorized the trail. This approach is reflected in our close attention to detail, and our zealous advocacy for our clients at every step of the way.

The partition law firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C. assists clients when it matters most. Whether you need help with a lawsuit with everything on the line, or negotiating the best resolution to a pressing problem, our clients trust the firm to be there every step of the way.

Firm Values—Assertive

At the end of the day, results matter. You hire a lawyer to get things done so you can move on with your life, not so you can get a legal education or needlessly spin your wheels. The legal work has to be effective in meeting the client’s goals.

The firm builds trust with its clients through a diligent and constant focus on communication, sharing information, an honest assessment of the situation, and a careful consideration of the risks and rewards of the client’s situation. The firm ensures that you receive updates about your matter on a regular basis, and is available to address your concerns when issues arise. When our clients go to sleep at night, they can rest easy knowing that their law firm is worrying about their problems.

Ultimately, the firm seeks to provide the maximum possible value to our clients through our representation. Our goal is for our clients to feel that they could not have made a better choice in their representation, and that they received more value than the amount of money that they spent on the process.

While some firms needlessly drag out legal disputes through meandering approaches, the firm approaches each matter with the end in mind, and calculates how to get there as efficiently as possible. Time is money. The California partition law firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C. does everything to make sure that your money is well spent towards accomplish achievable goals.

Firm Values—Trusted

First, the firm strives to build long-term relationships with our clients. In order to build that relationship, the firm takes every step to provide the same value and advice given to our long-term, repeat clients. By taking the long view, each client gets the type of advice we would give to an uncle, cousin, or sister-in-law. Each client is viewed as someone the firm expects to see again and again. By putting the client first, the firm knows that your success will be our success.

This client-first approach means, most of all, listening to the clients about their needs, goals, and challenges. The best hammer in the world is useless when you need a wrench. The solution, and the tools used to achieve it, must be an outgrowth of a fundamental understanding of the definition the problem.

When the firm accepts a client, it does so with the end in mind. At the end of the representation, the firm wants the client to feel grateful that he or she could not have found a better lawyer to help with the problem, and that their lawyer was with them every step of the way.

In representing our clients, the first thing is to understand them and their specific needs and challenges. For the partition law firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., our clients are more than just customers.

Our Approach

We listen. When talking is not working, we’re here to give you a plan of action, and see it to the end despite all the challenges. The firm is results-driven, and starts each case with a plan to achieve the client’s goal. Every tool is used to achieving the goal, and the firm intensely focuses on the details of every case because the facts and the truth matter. For the California partition law firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., our clients are of utmost importance to us.

We honor our commitments to our clients, and ensure that their goals are our priority. We hone our strategy by aligning our actions with our client’s needs and litigation directives. We provide a plan to achieve those goals, because “failing to plan is planning to fail.” The firm explains the plan to the client, ensures that the client agrees with the plan, and then relentlessly executes that plan to completion. Our firm takes care of its clients and ensures that everything is as seamless as possible.

The firm is not afraid of complex matters, and has successfully litigated multi-million dollar claims on numerous occasions in courts across California.

The Underwood Law Firm, P.C. assists clients in all walks of life with complex legal and factual issues. The firm’s clients are real estate developers, distinguished college professors, successful businesses, and everyday people who need relief from their legal problems.

When you’re in one of these situations, contact our firm. Call or complete the contact form to take the next steps in the process.

Our Promise

You are our focus. At the Underwood Law Firm, our promise is to litigate your case according to your goals. Generally, this means that we take every action to resolve it as quickly, aggressively, and efficiently as possible. The Firm prides itself on resolving the types of cases in our niche practice more quickly than almost any other lawyers in California. We want to get your results without delay or needless expense. Instead, all of our actions are calculated to achieve your objectives with the greatest amount of efficiency.

Our Focus—Partition Actions

The Underwood Law Firm, P.C. limits its practice areas to only those things that it does well. At any given time, the firm is handling dozens of California partition actions throughout the State. Where other law firms may have handled only one or two of these types of actions, the Firm is intimately familiarity with the intricacies that these types of cases present. As a result, we can provide the highest possible value to our clients in litigating these cases as we have the knowledge of the issues and the complications at our finger-tips from our routine involvement in these types of matters.

A partition action is a court supervised process for selling jointly-owned real estate in California. These actions are very common with real estate owned by (1) ex-boyfriends/ girlfriends, (2) brothers/ sisters, (3) parents/ children, and (4) co-investors/ developers. The firm has multiple clients in each of these categories, is familiar with the challenges that each type of partition case raises, and the procedures at each step of the way. As each of these types of cases present unique and challenging issues, it is important to have an attorney who understands the complications and opportunities that each type of case presents, and knows how to capitalize on the opportunities.

When they refuse to sell, and you need to know what to do next, the attorneys at Underwood Law Firm, P.C. can help with your California partition action.

Our Focus—Eminent Domain Actions

The attorneys at Underwood Law Firm, P.C. have taken numerous eminent domain actions to trial, and won. An eminent domain action is filed when the government wants to take private property for a public use and must pay just compensation. Almost invariably, the government somehow forgets to fully compensate in their offer of “just compensation” and the property owner can benefit from some independent counsel. As governmental entities have teams of planners, lawyers, appraisers, and engineers on their side, a property owner can also benefit from having someone on their side. If you find yourself opening a letter from the government about to take your property, the attorneys at Underwood Law Firm, P.C. are ready to discuss your situation.

Our Focus—Business Disputes

While all partnerships are complicated, business relationships have the added complication of money. Frequently, these business relationships break-down due to issues with finances, management of the business, or certain shareholder rights. When these partnerships sour, our attorneys understand the intricacies of business law and vindicating each party’s rights. If you find yourself in partnership or shareholder dispute, Underwood Law Firm, P.C. is available to discuss the matter.

Meet the Firm
Eli Underwood
Eli Underwood

Eli Underwood is the founder of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., where the firm's focus is partition actions, partnership disputes, and eminent domain proceedings. Before founding the firm, Eli was a partner at another general practice, business and real estate firm, which he left to open this boutique partition firm.

Eli is a winning trial lawyer, whose efforts have already changed state law in his decade-long legal career.

Eli's state court experience includes the California Superior Court in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, San Jose, San Diego, Riverside, Stockton, and Alameda County, as well as the California Court of Appeal.

Giavanna DePrima
Giavanna DePrima

Giavanna is a senior counsel with the Underwood Law Firm. As a seasoned trial lawyer with almost 20 years as an attorney, Giavanna is able to handle aspects of civil litigation from beginning to end. She assists the firm's clients with partition actions, partnership disputes, and other complex real estate matters.

Previously, Giavanna founded and ran her own boutique law practice for nearly a decade in Southern California. Her broad legal experience includes representing individuals, banks, mortgage companies, and other businesses in real estate and business law matters.

Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee

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 Sikavi
Sandy Sikavi

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
Christine Luu

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
Galina Gonzales

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.

Cecilia Chavez
Cecilia Chavez

Cecilia Chavez is a paralegal with the firm, and a native of Orange County, California.

Cecilia graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a double bachelor's degree in Criminology Law and Society, and also Psychology and Social Behavior, in 2019.

In May 2021, she obtained her ABA approved Paralegal Certificate from Santa Ana College.

Abel Edens
Abel Edens

Abel Edens is a law clerk with the firm, where he assist the firm's clients with partition actions, real estate matters, and civil litigation.

Abel is pursuing his Juris Doctor at 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.

Jack Ryan Quirk
Jack Ryan Quirk

Jack-Ryan Quirk is a law clerk with the firm where he assists the firm's clients with partition actions, real estate matters, and civil litigation.

Jack-Ryan is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of California Law School in San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) and is a Co-Executive Notes Editor for the Hastings Business Law Journal. Prior to joining the firm, Jack-Ryan was an in-house legal intern for DermTech, a biotechnology company.

Norman Jin
Norman Jin

Norman Jin is a law clerk with the Underwood Law Firm, where he assists the firm's clients with partition actions, partnership disputes, and civil litigation.

Norman is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is an articles editor for the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. Prior to joining the firm, Norman interned at CSAA Insurance Group.

Prior to law school, Norman obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Business in 2020, and was president of the Kung Fu Club.

Client Reviews
“We were in need of a real estate attorney. Eli Underwood provided excellent legal advice and services. He explained everything well and followed through with all important issues that needed attention. We found him to be reliable, courteous, patient and extremely professional. We highly recommend Mr. Underwood without any reservations.” I.S.
"I own a real estate investment company that operates across multiple states (California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and more), whenever I run into an issue that needs legal attention, Eli is my first call. I've been working with him for years. He is an amazing attorney and I highly recommend him." Thank you for your help Sir!" T.W.
"Mr. Underwood is a fantastic Lawyer with extraordinary ethics. He responds quickly, which is rare these days, and he is very knowledgeable in his craft. It was a pleasure working with him and we will definitely use his services in the future if needed. Thank you for your help Sir!" M.O.
"Eli took our case and controlled every hurdle put before us. I one time commented to him that he must love his job because it seemed that he was always available. When talking about my case to anyone I always bring up where, I believe, the other parties Lawyer tried to take advantage of my wife and me. Eli stopped him in his tracks. On top of it being easy to work with Eli, it was a pleasure to have had him represent us. We were in good hands." E.T
"We were in need of an attorney with considerable knowledge of real estate law and the legal issues related to property ownership. Eli Underwood went above and beyond our expectations. In keeping us abreast of our suit, his communication skills were outstanding. This talent was especially demonstrated when dealing with the apposing counsel. We feel this gave us a tremendous advantage over the opposing party that resulted in us reaching a successful outcome. I would highly recommend Eli Underwood as we found him to be an exceptional attorney." P.B.
"In our need for legal services we found Eli to be well informed and on top of our case and our needs. Our's was not an ordinary case as it was a case with many facets. It was a very convoluted case. There were multiple owners involved in a property dispute where one of the owners sued the rest of the owners with a Partition Suit. Needless to say Eli was instrumental in helping us resolve our differences and gained us a profitable sale all with good end results for all. If you hire Eli Underwood you will not be disappointed!" M.A.
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