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Joanne P Underhill

Business Attorney at Greenwood Village, CO

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Joanne Parsons Underhill

  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 36 years
    Texas - TX 30 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 44 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

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

About Joanne

Learn Joanne’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Business transactions; business partners; contracts; governance; resolution of day-to-day problems in business, including employee, independent contractor, tax, and government issues

    36 years

  2. Litigation
    Representation of business clients and professionals in a wide range of business, civil, real estate, and regulatory litigation

    44 years

  3. Tax
    Representation of taxpayers who owe back taxes to the IRS or the state of Colorado or who need to get ready for an unemployment insurance or workers comp audit

    30 years

  4. Real estate
    Retail and office building lease transactions; acquisition of commercial properties; mechanics liens; and related litigation

    39 years

My firm offers innovative legal services plans to small and growing Colorado businesses that feature affordable, fixed monthly fees for business transactions, employee issues, contracts, and other legal services needed to solve day-to-day problems.  Our LegalPlans can be tailored to your needs.  We also provide traditional legal services, including litigation, significant business transactions, and tax representation at competitive hourly rates and fixed fees.  Over my 30+year career, I have represented hundreds of small businesses and their owners on business, customer, employee, tax, and real estate matters and in business and real estate litigation.

I earned my law degree, practiced law at a large Washington, D.C. firm, then joined a federal banking agency as a trial attorney and assistant general counsel.   My early years as a Washington, D.C. lawyer gave me an insider's view of bank regulatory compliance and administrative agency litigation and introduced me to antitrust, oil and gas price control, banking, and real estate litigation, which I later was able to use to advantage in representing business clients. When I moved to Colorado, I returned to private practice at "downtown" law firms. Since 1994, I have enjoyed my own law practices in the south metro Denver area.


Underhill Law, P.C.
7350 E. Progress Place
Suite 110
Greenwood Village, CO, 80111-2126

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Posted by Alan | March 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SO Thankful I Found Underhill Law
I'll never forget the day I got served and how I felt. I knew I needed help fast. I'm so fortunate I found Joanne and Underhill Law. From the first meeting we had I felt confident that I was with the right law firm. They always treated me with respect and took time to discuss the specifics with me and where we were with the case and where it was potentially headed. In the end, it was a major win for me! I can't thank Joanne, Colin and the rest of the Underhill team enough for all they've done. Legal issues for us "regular folk" can be daunting and full of much stress. I think you will find out quickly that you are in good hands--just like I was. Thank you again!! Alan
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Posted by Jeanette | November 28, 2013
I walked away with exactly what I wanted
After being served with paperwork from the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Childcare that threatened revocation of my childcare license, I turned to Joanne for help. She instantly put me at ease with her friendliness and passion. Even in our first meeting, Joanne quickly applied her knowledge in critical law theory to subsequently deconstruct and dismantle the allegations made against me. While I could have risked self-representation, I am relieved that I chose Joanne, as she pointed out multiple inaccuracies and oversights in the documentation. These points would not have been noticed without the complete and consummated background in law education and experience that Joanne brought to my case. Using her negotiation skills, Joanne compromised with the Division of Childcare representatives for a mitigation hearing. During this hearing, she faced harsh opposition, but faithfully stuck to her logical reasoning and familiarity with the law to ensure I received the best possible outcome in my case. It is important to note that while this mitigation lasted longer than any historical hearing concerning a childcare license revocation in the State of Colorado, Joanne demonstrated a capacity for endurance and energy in negotiating for my side. She went above and beyond her duty to stand up for me in every regard. I am delighted to say that in the end, I walked away from the hearing retaining my childcare license and sense of pride as a childcare provider. Furthermore, Joanne ensured that the details of my case remained confidential from my clients to keep my business from harm. Without Joanne, I would have lost everything. I confidently endorse and recommend Joanne’s services, and it goes without saying that I will contact her in the future for further representation.
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Posted by Daniel H | January 29, 2012
Joanne went "above and beyond" what I expected
I first went to Underhill & Underhill, P.C. for help with an IRS tax problem several years ago. Joanne Underhill was knowledgeable about the IRS and my options and she went "above and beyond" to resolve my issue in a way I could afford. The firm was very fair on its pricing. I was completely satisfied with the representation. I've gone back for advice on other matters since then and I continue to be very satisfied. I would absolutely and unequivocally recommend Joanne to anyone else with a federal or state tax problem.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2011
Joanne Underhill is our trusted legal advisor
We were exceptionally pleased with the work Joanne Underhill did for us. She analyzed the FAA regulations our business was accused of violating and helped us develop our evidence and defend ourselves. We first started with a larger downtown firm and we were mostly charged for their research and we felt they did not have a personal interest in our case other than viewing our company as a revenue stream. When we switched to Joanne Underhill, she took a personal interest in our case and became our advocate. The FAA ended up agreeing we had not done anything wrong and voluntarily dismissed its case against our company. Joanne was easy to work with and talk to, and we enjoyed working with her. Joanne works with a sense of partnership and has become a trusted legal advisor.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 260-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Underhill Law, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Underhill & Underhill, P.C.
  • 1994 - 2013
  • Shareholder
  • Popham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd.
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Of Counsel
  • Gorsuch Kirgis Campbell Walker & Grover
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Board and FSLIC
  • 1983 - 1986
  • Attorney
  • Howrey & Simon
  • 1979 - 1983
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Won
  • Allen v. Allen
  • The girlfriend confessed judgment on the counterclaims. The parties settled a few weeks before trial. The settlement terms are confidential.
  • Corey v. Escajeda, 2009 WL 4174859 (Colo.App. 1999)
  • The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed (agreed with the jury verdict), rejecting Dr. Escajeda's legal arguments about the Colorado Medical Practices Act.
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  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council Women's Leadership Circle
  • Chair
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Colorado Women's Leadership Coalition
  • Chair
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Colorado State Board of Accountancy
  • Public Member
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Amicus Curiae Committee
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Greenwood Village Parks, Trails & Recreation Commission
  • Chair
  • 1992 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2017
  • National Honor Award
  • Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
  • 1998
  • Who's Who
  • National Registry of Who’s Who
  • 1998
  • Woman of Distinction
  • Girl Scounts Mile Hi Council
  • 1997
  • Who's Who Among Women in Business
  • Denver Business Journal
  • 1995
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  • CPA Seminar
  • Business Divorce (TM) - When Owners Don't Get Along Anymore
  • 2003
  • 7 The Review of Banking & Financial Services 87
  • Reviving Coverage Under 'Expired' D&O Liability Policies
  • 1991
  • ABA TIPS Professional, Officers and Directors Lia bility Law Committee Newsletter
  • FDIC and RTC Lawsuits Against Lawyers -- Practical Tips
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • The Law of Business
  • Business Law
  • 2003
  • CPA Seminar
  • Forming a New Business - Pitfalls in the Incorporation Process
  • 2003
  • Civil Litigation Arising From A Failed Financial Institution
  • Suing a Failed Institution's Accountants - Theories of Liability
  • 1992
  • Third Annual Business Law Symposium
  • The New Liabilities Under the Financial Institution Laws
  • 1991
  • Litigating with the FDIC/RTC
  • Understanding the Administrative Enforcement Process
  • 1991
  • CBA Business Law Symposium
  • Lawyer Liability and the Financial Institutions Crisis
  • 1991
  • ABA Joint Mid-Winter Meeting
  • Emerging Issues in D&O Liability Insurance and Fidelity Bond Coverage
  • 1991
  • Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
  • What FIRREA Means to Borrowers and Creditors of Failed Financial Institutions
  • 1990
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
  • The Regulators' and Examiners' Role in the Litigation Process
  • 1988
  • Annual Attorney's Conference
  • Director and Officer Liabiilty in Today's Environment
  • 1987
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
Endorse Joanne
Business Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have co-counseled several cases with Mrs. Underhill over the last 10 years. She is an outstanding attorney. She has a very unique ability to analyze facts and properly frame almost any legal claim. Her understanding of the nuts and bolts of the specific legal dispute saves both time and costs. She is eloquent litigator and fabulous appellate counsel."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I believe Joanne Underhill is bright, sincere, and has a compassion for her clients. I fully endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Underhill will provide you excellent legal service."
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General practice
Bankruptcy and debt
Workers compensation
General practice
Greenwood Village Business Lawyer Joanne P Underhill
Joanne P Underhill
Business Attorney
Greenwood Village, CO
Licensed for 44 years