Ed Underhill has practiced at Masuda Funai for more than twenty-five years, and focuses his practice on representing businesses in commercial transactions and disputes. A business attorney with substantial experience in litigation, Mr. Underhill represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His cases involve intellectual-property disputes, contract disputes, UCC disputes (including commercial warranty claims), dealer terminations, unfair competition, business torts, and limited non-commercial claims. Mr. Underhill frequently represents clients at TRO and preliminary injunction hearings.
In an effort to resolve business disputes outside the traditional court forum, Mr. Underhill has developed an alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") practice in which he counsels and represents clients in mediations and arbitrations, including arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"). Mr. Underhill is a court-certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Mr. Underhill has been lead trial counsel in many jury and bench trials, and has been a member of the Federal Trial Bar since 1987. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, and in the United States Court of Appeals (Seventh Circuit) and in the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Du Page County Bar Associations, and serves as a hearing officer for the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Underhill is a graduate of Northern Illinois University ("NIU"), and is a past president of the NIU College of Law Alumni Board. He has received several awards from the NIU College of Law, NIU and other alumni organizations in recognition of his professional accomplishments and contributions to the university community. Mr. Underhill is particularly proud of his efforts to protect First Amendment student-press rights at NIU and elsewhere.
Mr. Underhill is the author of several articles covering legal topics relevant to his clients and their business needs. His most recent article, "Limiting the Time Period for claims in U.S. Arbitration Agreements" was published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association. A related article titled " Statutes of Limitation and Arbitration: Limiting Your client's Exposure," appeared in the May 2013 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.
Mr. Underhill is also a published playwright and short story writer. Mr. Underhill won the Chicago Lawyer Fiction Contest in 1986, and he has been a finalist in various national fiction writing competitions.