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Michael E. Underwood

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fayetteville, NY

2.8   11 reviews

also known as Bald Divorce Lawyer

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Thank you for considering my firm for your divorce or family law matter. Please contact me by phone or by email to schedule a free consultation. I enjoy helping people transition in a difficult part of their lives. On average, I help about 100 people (per year) get divorced. The fastest divorce I have done was about 30 days but (on average), a divorce takes between 3-8 months. I have a proven track record of success, sound judgment and discretion. As for our firm, we are conveniently located 7 minutes east of downtown Syracuse in Fayetteville, New York on Lyndon Golf Course in the White House. We proudly offer free parking and complimentary beverages at your appointment. In addition, night and weekend hours are available!

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Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
7000 E Genesee St
Building A, Upper Suite 3
Fayetteville, NY, 13066


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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended Family Lawyer
Michael represented me for a prenuptial agreement, from start to finish. He was professional, curtious, and candid. His office was always willing to work around differing schedules and was very responsive to phone calls and emails.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend this lawyer for help on contested divorces because I was in a very difficult situation and he came through for me. His staff was responsive, his advice and predictions were correct. Also, one of the only divorce lawyers that gives free consultations, so I was able to speak with him first about my matter
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Support
Mr Underwood was VERY knowledgeable about complex situations and highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2014
Great divorce lawyer
Great experience with my tough divorce case. Mike saved me time, money and got me out of marriage. Thanks Mike! Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2013
finally a good one
switched from another lawyer and was very happy I did, Mr Underwood resolved my divorce and I was very satisfied every step of the way
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Hire Michael
Do not hire Michael. I can't get into the details as to why, but believe me, He is not a good attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want a divorce, dont go to him. SCAM
He's taken over 2 years with a simple divorce. No kids, few assets, completely uncontested. All he has to do is write up paperwork and he isn't even answering emails. Next step is reporting him so he can't scam anyone else.
Posted by Annoymous | July 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Be careful hiring this man. He has taken money from me and did not do what he needed to do. He charges hundreds of dollars the moment you even breathe in his presence. If you are fighting for the well being of your child do not go to him. Once I hired him, he did not return my calls or emails and when he did, I was charged $350 each time. He has FAILED to file my petition to the court and he did not fight for what I was asking for. Do not waste your time or your hard earned money on Michael Underwood.
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Posted by Bryan | February 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
poor representation at best
I hired Michael based on his "reviews" and 1st conversation which he personally answered the incoming call. !st flag. His retainer is low for a reason, bait and switch. he proclaimed himself as the Walmart of lawyers, 2nd flag. He promised he was experienced in court appearances for divorce and assured me he could handle anything. Payed retainer in full, never received much for info after that. He doesn't respond to emails in a timely manner. When he does, its $395/hr for every little question and second that he fails to expressly answer questions correctly the 1st time. His responses are Incomplete and vague usually. He failed to show up to 1st court appearance because of "scheduling conflict", ya, whatever! My date was scheduled 3 months in advance. You dont represent "emergency cases". The ONLY excuse he provided when the reality is, that is unprofessionalism, period. The worst part is I knew nothing until 1.5 hr before court session!! I showed alone. When the case progressed to contested, he bailed and refused to provide further help, only to bail when needed the most and rudely drops me mid case. I should have fired him before this because i caught him in a couple lies of things he denied he said when in fact he did say. I recommend recording ANY conversation you have with him. Choose another Lawyer and do yourself a favor.
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Posted by Jeremy | March 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just the facts
Hired Mike in January 2016 to deal with my child custody issues, fathers rights problems and a QDRO. Went to court many times and every time we would go to court I would lose more of my custody and fathers rights. Communication was terrible, the only emails I would get would be my bill every month. After 2 years of having the Underwood law firm represent me I let them go due to not receiving any results. I lost almost all my custody rights, my fathers right where null and void and my QDRO still has not been finalized. $8000 in debt after 2 years and no results. Definitely not a “Fathers Rights” attorney. Look elsewhere!!
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Posted by Jeff | February 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support and Custody
I hired Mike to represent me for a child support and custody matter over the course of a year and a half. Mike was very unorganized from the start, however I had already paid my retainer, so I felt stuck with him. Mike would meet with me for an hour at $300 plus an hour to prepare for court, however he wouldn't use any of the information for our petition. Mike would wait until we arrived to court to try figuring out what to say to the judge and he wouldn't remember anything from our meeting. Mike's petitions were lacking critical information, which led me to ultimately lose the custody and child support case. Mike did not stick up for me in court when the respondent was talking negatively about me. I had to nudge him several times to stop her. During child support court the Judge wouldn't listen to anything Mike was saying, due to his lack of preparation, lack of knowledge of custody and child support matters, lack of negotiation skills and his poorly written petition. I feel that I could have done more if I only represented myself during this difficult time.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Underwood Law Firm, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • City Court Arbitrator (Volunteer)
  • Onondaga County Court
  • 2023 - 2023
  • Attorney
  • Stanley Law Offices, LLP
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Sidney P. Cominsky, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney - Assigned Counsel Program
  • Colman & Underwood
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Colman & Underwood
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Alderman Wladis, PC
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Onondaga County District Attorney
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • University of Lynchburg
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000
  • Western Michigan Thomas Cooley Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Mtr of McAdams vs. McAdams
  • Father prevailed
  • Mtr of Ledyard vs. Ledyard
  • Successfully proved self employment income


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Matrimonial and Family Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys in New York
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys in New York
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Matrimonial and Family Law
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated - Rating 5.0 of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fatherhood with PEACE Group
  • Guest Speaker
  • 2023
  • Fatherhood Group
  • Parents Rights Custody & Visitation
  • 2023
  • Everyone Should Have These Basic Estate Planning Documents
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Friend
"Michael is a strong advocate for his clients who possesses the necessary professional and personal skills to handle domestic litigation. I would recommend his services to anyone."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Fayetteville Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael E. Underwood
Michael E. Underwood
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fayetteville, NY
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation