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About Me

I am here to offer you excellent, aggresive and effective legal representation in your criminal defense, personal injury and other legal matters. I am a successful trial lawyer and negotiator.


In 1987 I received a scholarship to Study Mandarin and eastern philosophy in Taipei, Taiwan.


In 1990 I received my B.A. in Philosophy and in Chinese Studies.


In 1994 I received an M.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in epistemology, eastern philosophy and the study of religion.


In 1994 I entered law shcool and was an active participant in Moot Court program. In 1997 I recieved the Order of the Barristers award.

In 1996 I participated in the trial advocacy program sponsored by the Washington Defender Association.


In 1997 I graduated from Seattle University School of Law.


In 1998 I opened my office in Tacoma and began taking personal injury and criminal defense cases.


I have been an active participant in many organizations such as Americans United for the Separation of church and State, The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where I am a co-chair of the rules committee working on eye-witness identification reform.


I am active in our legal system. I have made public comment,  submitted research and have made recommendations to the Washington State Bar Association, to both the Washington state House of Representatives and Senate on topics such as medical marijuana, booking photos, eye witness identification, and discovery rules all of which help protect the rights of the innocent and the rights of the accused.


I will vigorously defend your rights whether involved in an accident, injured or are accused of a crime!














Languages Spoken: Russian

Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Simon Kabzan

    I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community.


    Simon Kabzan Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Richard Todd Rosenstein

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Underwood is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients.


    Richard Rosenstein Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Kent W. Underwood LLC

1111 Fawcett Ave
Ste 101
Tacoma, WA, 98402-2029



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Appreciation for work on Rules CommitteeWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Order of the BarristersSeattle University School of Law1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Kent W. Underwood LLC2008 - Present
Owner - Sole ProprietorKent W. Underwood Attorney at Law2000 - 2008
Temporary HireDepartment of Assigned Counsel1999 - 2000
InternshipWashington Defender Association1996 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersRules Committee co-chair2011 - Present
Americans United for the Separation of Church and StateBoard Member2008 - 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - 2008
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2008
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Lorsungnot guilty of first degree robbery
State v KeatingDismissed
State V. AdairDismissed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Criminal Defense magazine vol 25 No. 3Medical Cannabis - Highlights in the New (and Confusing) Legislation2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of UtahPhilosophyMA - Masters1994
California State University at SacramentoPhilosophy, Chinese StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Legal Writing Moot Court competitionMoot Court Judge2012
Tacoma HempfestYour Rights When Contacted by the Police2011
Moot Court Appellate competitionMoot Court Judge2011
Legislative Hearing on Passing HB 1689Testify on HB 1689 - Should Booking Photos be Released to Public2011
WSBA Rules Committee MeetingCrR 4.11, The Recording Rule, The WSBA should recommend that the WA Supreme Court publish CrR 4.112010
Seattle HempfestPolice Contacts2010
Olympia HempfestPolice Contacts2010
House Health and Human Services Committee Hearing on Medical Cannabis SB 5073Testify Regarding Medical Cannabis2010
Olympia HempfestPolice Contacts2009
Conference on Constitutional LawIs the United States Constitution Outdated2000