Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice, Ed Underhill advises businesses and individuals regarding litigation, dispute resolution and business-related matters. A formidable advocate, Ed represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. He has resolved high-stakes, high-value claims involving intellectual property, contracts, UCC matters, dealer terminations, unfair competition, business torts and limited non-commercial claims. He frequently represents clients at TRO and preliminary injunction hearings. Ed is dedicated to legal counsel that is practical, and has proven time and again that he is an unrelenting problem-solver.
In an effort to resolve disputes outside the traditional court forum, Ed has developed a proven 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). In 2016, Ed was appointed as an arbitrator for the Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County and he has been a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the majority of his career.
Ed has practiced at Masuda Funai for nearly three decades. His clients include American and international businesses, as well as the U.S.-based partners and/or subsidiaries of foreign-owned corporations. Ed is at his best when facing serious contention and difficult obstacles head-on, and he determines the right path for cultivating a business solution that is both workable and favors each client he serves. He is particularly well-known for his ability to attain resolution to acrimony that seems insurmountable or where others have failed.
Ed is also a published playwright and short story writer and winner of the Chicago Lawyer Fiction Contest, as well as a finalist in various national fiction writing competitions.