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 termination, 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.
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 on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Underhill is the author of an article on secured-lender filings under Article 9 of the UCC titled, "What's in a Name?" The article appeared in the June 2006 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal. He also writes and edits the "Risk Management Updates" for the Firm's website.
Mr. Underhill is also a playwright and short story writer. His plays have been produced in Chicago and at Ohio State University and his other works published in fiction anthologies. Mr. Underhill won the Chicago Lawyer Fiction Contest in 1986, and he has been a finalist in various national fiction writing competitions.