Contact Mark F. Underwood
Mark F. Underwood is the principal shareholder of Underwood Law Office, Inc. It has offices in Huntington, WV and McKinney, TX. He works to make our community safer by representing people needlessly harmed by others.
Mark has been admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Texas, California and Washington, D.C.
His current case list, includes the West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion that decimated nearly an entire town, killing at least 15 and injuring approximately 400. (The firm represents 185 plaintiffs and Mark was designated a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee); and the January 9, 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for up to 300,000 people in the Charleston, West Virginia area. He also currently represents the families of two teenagers that were killed when the car in which they were passengers struck an improperly placed fire hydrant and the victim of a logging accident that left the client paralyzed.
His past cases, have ranged from the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster where the firm represented 11 injured miners, to customers set on fire at gasoline stations by static electricity, and a $40.00 ERISA case that made international news. Other past cases include a car load of teenagers run over by a tractor trailer and a young man gunned down at a dangerous convenience store that left him paralyzed. He has been featured on talk shows, including Fox & Friends. A medical malpractice case of his was discussed on Oprah.
He was elected a member of the West Virginia State Legislature in 1996 at age 32.
He has been recognized by Super Lawyers (2007), Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1%). He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1992), the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (2001) and the American Association of Justice’s Ultimate Advocacy College (2002, 2013).
He received his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California in 1989. He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) in 1986.
While attending law school, Mark was elected to the School of Law Honor Board which adjudicated violations of the school’s honor code. He studied international law in London, England. While in college, Mark was the captain of his college track team and a conference champion in the pole vault.
Mark formerly practiced law in Los Angeles, California, for Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May which has since become the California office of one of the world’s largest law firms, Reed Smith.
He recently completed his first marathon at 48 years of age in Dallas, TX. He has been skydiving, heli-skiing, white water rafting and obtained his private pilot’s license.
He is married to Cynthia Walker Underwood of McKinney, Texas. They have a son, Chace Forest Underwood. They reside in Huntington, WV and McKinney, TX.