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Robert Michael Underwood

Financial markets and services Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   4 reviews

also known as R. Michael Underwood, Mike Underwood

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1980
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Financial markets and services
    Experience includes regulatory compliance and appearances before FINRA as well as state and federal regulators

    41 years

  2. Administrative law
    Advises and represents the insurance industry, securities broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions and affiliated individuals.

    39 years

  3. Government
    Advises and represents businesses in all matters related to government.

  4. Licensing
    All types of professional licensing.

I’m in the middle of several projects right now, but eager to assist individuals and firms in the financial services industry. Subject to check for any conflict of interest, I am available to assist in defense of regulatory inquiries and civil litigation and to advise generally on licensing and compliance matters, especially in the State of Florida.  My bio follows:


Mike Underwood was a key official at the predecessor of  the Florida Department of Financial Services and authored many provisions of Florida’s securities and banking laws. Since leaving government, he has become recognized as a national leader in financial services regulation, especially in Florida.  He represents securities broker-dealers, investment advisers, mortgage brokers, financial institutions and affiliated individuals in civil litigation, arbitration, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. His experience includes defense of class actions, multi-district litigation and regular appearances before self-regulatory organizations as well as state and federal financial regulators.  Mike's primary focus is assisting clients with state and federal securities, banking and insurance regulatory matters, but he is also experienced in financial privacy regulation, escheat and unclaimed property, professional licensing, educational institutions, game promotions,  internal investigations, expert witness testimony, government liaison, legislative lobbying and political activities and fundraising. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Securities Dealers Association, an officer of the American Bar Association Committee on State Regulation of Securities and Chair of its Subcommittee on Enforcement.  He has been published often on financial services regulation and lectures frequently on these topics.

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Robert Michael Underwood
101 N Monroe St Ste 1090
Tallahassee, FL, 323011547


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Alex | September 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mortgage Banker
Mr Underwood let me know what would happen from the begining and it happened just like he said. He didnt over charge me. He saved my Florida mortgage licenses. I highly reccomend Mr Underwood.
Posted by Jason | January 8, 2010
Very informative and personable always udated me and made me feel comfortable with his knowledge of my issue's. Was reasonable and was willing to work with me in my situation.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2009
Thank You
Mike gave me the correct expectation and followed through as he said he would. He acted professionally and I was honored to have him represent me. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needed his services.
Posted by mark | November 9, 2009
licensing issues with the state of Florida
Mike was recommended to me by 2 separate industry professionals for my specific need. I called him, and true to his word, he was able to accomplish what I needed. He delivered the end result I desired and he clearly posesses established relationships with the state of Florida.


  • Hourly Rates $ 485-530 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • 2007 - Present


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Lewis v. Continental Bank Corporation
  • Prevailed
  • Rousseff v. E.F. Hutton
  • Amicus views incorporated in decision


  • Assoc. of Registration Management
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Securities & Insurance Licensing Assoc.
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair, Subcomt. St. Sec. Enforcement
  • 2003 - Present
  • Fla. Securities Dealers Assoc.
  • Member, Bd. of Governors
  • 1993 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Task Force Ch. 517, Fla. Stat.
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Editor (Research)
  • Tennessee Law Review
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Spring Meeting
  • Managing Parallel Proceedings in Securities Investigations
  • 2006

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Tallahassee Financial markets and services Lawyer Robert Michael Underwood
Robert Michael Underwood
Financial markets and services Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 43 years