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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.