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Marcus | Underwood is a California real estate and business law firm. Primarily, the firm assists its clients with partition actions, partnership and shareholder disputes, eminent domain lawsuits, and issues involving the Surplus Land Act. Its founder has represented congressmen, won jury and bench trials, competed in national and international negotiation competitions, and his efforts have twice led to changes in state law.

You’ve made a big investment, but now something is wrong. You’ve tried to talk it over, repeatedly, but that has gotten you nowhere. You felt great about investing in your future, but now you worry that’s at risk. You need a plan to get the problem resolved, and get things back on track.

You deserve an experienced counselor, and aggressive attorney.

Firm Values—Trusted

The business and real estate law firm of Marcus | Underwood 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.

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.

Our clients trust the firm because its practices are limited to only those things that are able to be done well, efficiently, and to the client’s satisfaction. When the firm takes on a client, it is with the confidence that the pitfalls and traps are well known, and the client can be successfully guided to a positive outcome. For the Sacramento real estate and business law firm of Marcus | Underwood, everything is done to make sure that each client’s trust is well placed.

Firm Values—Effective

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.

This is why the firm is selective and limited in the clients and matters taken. While some firms take on anything that comes in the door, Marcus | Underwood limits its practice to that which it does well, efficiently, and feels confident in achieving great results for its clients. You don’t 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.

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 Sacramento real estate and business of Marcus | Underwood does everything to make sure that your money is well spent towards accomplish achievable goals.

Firm Values—Personable

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 defining the problem. In representing our clients, the first thing is to understand them and their specific needs and challenges. For the Sacramento real estate and business law firm of Marcus | Underwood, 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 Sacramento real estate and business law firm of Marcus | Underwood, 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 Sacramento Real Estate and Business law firm of Marcus | Underwood 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. The first consultation is free. Call or complete the contact form to take the next steps in the process.

Meet the Firm
Eli Underwood
Eli Underwood

Eli Underwood is the founder of Marcus Underwood LLP, where the firm's emphasis is real estate law, eminent domain law, business law, and litigation. Before founding the firm, Eli was a partner at a prominent regional Sacramento 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, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo San Francisco, Alameda, Napa, San Mateo, San Joaquin, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the California Court of Appeal.

David Hubbard
David Hubbard

David Hubbard is Senior Counsel with Marcus | Underwood, and a veteran trial attorney. He has experience with every stage of the litigation process, including conducting dozens of trials.

Dave is a "hands-on" attorney, and prides himself on catering to his clients. He understands that each case is different, with each opposing counsel, judge, and client as unique variables that need to be taken into account.

His passion for his work is unmistakable as he is always intimately familiar with everything happening in the case.

Nicole Tarriela
Nicole Tarriela

Nicole joined Marcus | Underwood in October 2021. She received her Master's in Public Administration from McGeorge School of Law in 2020, and her Bachelor of Science in Legal Management in 2013 from San Beda College Alabang in the Philippines.

She prepares and processes legal documents such as motions, complaints, summons, subpoenas, discovery, and schedules depositions. She assists with trial preparation and organization and files documents with the Superior Courts.

However, the truly most enjoyable part of her job is communicating with the clients.

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.

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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.
★★★★★
"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 helped us set up our partnership and was straight forward and honest about the process and what was needed (so rare these days!). He gave us the expectation strait out and held to them (unlike the last corporate firm). Unfortunately when your new it takes a few to find the good ones. This is your guy!" O.A.
★★★★★
"Eli has been a great help to me. He is thoughtful and tries hard to achieve the best outcome, and is especially interested in avoiding litigation, and helping his client find the best way forward, even if it avoids conflict and makes his job smaller and simpler. I feel very comfortable with what was worked out, and sleep well over it. I give the highest recommendation to Eli!" D.W.
★★★★★
"Marcus and his team are true professionals and their attention to detail is impeccable. He definitely knows the right questions to ask and how to find the facts he needs to win your case. Having someone on your team who’s working hard behind the scenes can give you peace of mind during challenging times and that my friend is invaluable. He has a pretty unique approach that makes him special in what he does and that uniqueness make a huge difference. I highly recommend them!" C.F.
Three Steps to Success
Our Firm Will Help Every Step Of The WayAt Marcus Underwood, our clients are of utmost importance. Our firm works with you to help you with every part of your legal strategy.
1Learn How Our Firm Can Help

Our firm works together to understand your particular circumstance to make sure we can help you.

2Create A Plan And Legal Strategy

Creating a legal strategy is vital. If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail” — Benjamin Franklin.

3Fighting For Our Clients

Our firm takes care of everything for you. Making sure that we make this process as seamless as possible.

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