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Kent W Underwood

Criminal defense Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   32 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
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About Kent

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CHARGED WITH A CRIME? CONTACTED BY THE POLICE? INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT? KENT W. UNDERWOOD CAN HELP!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

Notable Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017,2016,2015,2014,2012
Client's Choice
2017 2016 2015 + 2 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

Law Office of Kent W. Underwood, P.S.
705 South 9th Street, Suite 205
Tacoma, WA, 98405

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jamal | December 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best criminal defense attorney
It's taken me a long time to write this review. Finally free of the year and a half ordeal of fighting serious criminal charges. I want to thank Kent not just for being awesome at his job, but for dealing with me along the way. Facing criminal charges is stressful and having an attorney that's patient is a must. Kent dealt with my craziness and handled my case like the professional that he is and we wound up getting a dismissal due to his efforts. If you ever get into trouble in the Tacoma-Seattle area he is by far the only attorney I would recommend. Thanks buddy appreciate all you did for me.
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Posted by Sara | December 31, 2018
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Pleasant experience in a tough situation
Working with Kent Underwood was a great experience despite the situation that made me need professional representation. He was concise and realistic with my options and we ultimately got what I wanted. I will be definitely referring all my family and friends to him!
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2018
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Professional and kind
It was an unexpected event that led us to search for an attorney. We hired Kent Underwood and were very happy with our decision. Mr. Underwood was professional and kind in every way. He took the time to explain the legal system to us in terms that we could understand. He provided options and explained potential results so that we felt that we were making educated decisions. We would certainly choose him again should the need arise.
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Posted by Sarah | December 8, 2017
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Kent defended environmental activists in Tacoma
Kent Underwood reached out to me (through another attorney who was involved in our case) after I, along with 5 other activists were arrested for non-violent direct action. We had chained ourselves to construction equipment at the Puget Sound Energy liquid fracked gas plant site in the port of Tacoma. We did the direct action as a last resort to stop the dangerous and polluting project from being built. We were arrested and charged with 2nd degree criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer. Kent volunteered to defend me pro bono, because he wanted to help people who were trying to protect the environment. I ultimately ended up accepting a stipulated order of continuance, because I just wasn't able to go through a jury trial at that point in my life. Kent helped me navigate the process and gave me really good advice throughout. He represented me at two pre trials. He's very professional, punctual and empathetic and I'm so grateful to have met him and had his assistance.
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Posted by Brandon | June 22, 2017
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Excellent attorney!
When I first went to Mr. Underwood I wasn't sure I could afford an attorney and I was already on probation with two other cases. I was both nervous and irritated (about the whole situation I was in). Kent assured me that I had a great case and it it be with hiring him. In my head I was thinking "yea I've heard this before and no attorney has helped me, other than getting a plea bargain". After a day of thinking and looking around I hired Mr. Underwood and honestly it was one of my best decisions. He not only was helpful along with his assistant, but he got my case dismissed without haveing to go to trial!! Most attorneys will sucker you out of money, but Kent Underwood is the best attorney I've ever had and worked with me better than any attorney I've ever had.
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Posted by Luke | June 21, 2017
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Excellent
Kent was very professional and kept me informed through the whole process. He was easy to talk to and made things clear so I could understand them. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a good lawyer he is one of the best.
Posted by Katie | June 20, 2017
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Great attorney-charges dismissed!
I hired Mr. Underwood for my niece who had some legal issues related to her previous drug use several years ago. He was able to fully answer our questions and was able to show up for for a hearing the next morning, which was awesome. He listens, takes the time to explain things, but best of all, has a deep understanding of the criminal justice system, so the result from our hearing was dismissal of all charges. To have such a kind, knowledgable, honest and hard working attorney gave us a great deal of confidence as we went though the complicated and unknown legal system. Even though he was busy, Mr. Underwood waited to make sure the paperwork from the court was completed properly. This was fortunate, as there was an error which he was able to have corrected quickly. My niece and I are thankful to him as we realized it was important to get the best legal representation possible to minimize or eliminate criminal charges that would have affected her in terms of where she could live and work for many years in the future. I have worked with attorneys in my previous job and I did not find them to care as much about their clients, or as willing to work as hard as Mr. Underwood for the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Krista | June 20, 2017
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Thankful
Kent underwood is a excellent and non judgmental lawyer and I highly recommend him. What I really liked was that he explained everything to me and made me think the process was much easier then it originally sounded, it helped me feel a lot less nervous during court having understood what exactly was going on. I ended up with a much more positive result then I expected, thanks to Mr. Underwood!
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Posted by Jami | January 27, 2017
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AMAZING LAWYER
Mr. Underwood does not pull any punches. He is straight forward. He assisted my family with a very difficult situation. I am very impressed with his job. I highly recommend him if you need any type of representation. Janet , his assistant, is an amazing person as well. I will definitely use them again if needed.
Posted by Theresa | January 2, 2017
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Great job
Kent was instrumental in helping me after a car accident I was in that was no fault of my own. Him and his team helped me deal with all the insurance companies to reach a settlement that was fair. Kent and his team showed compassion and concern for my situation. They kept in contact with me through the entire process. It was a pleasure working with them. I would use him again in the future if needed.
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Posted by Joshua Saunders-Vriezema | December 23, 2016
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A job well done!
Mr. Underwood, along with a miracle worker of an assistant, Janet, had my assault 4 conviction vacated for me. This has been a black cloud over me making life difficult to work as a nurse. He originally saved me from a felony assault, getting it reduced to an assault 4 with a one year dismissal. Now the whole ordeal is over and my life can really flourish! I can now become the nurse Ive always been destined to be! Thanks to Kent and Janet!
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Extremely Satisified & Relieved Client
My Attorney Kent Underwood was really helpful with my case. He definitely went above and beyond my expectations for resolving my case short of trial. This was my first time being involved in a Superior Court matter which can be very intimidating but Kent was reassuring which made me feel more confident with him as my Attorney. Kent is very experienced and knowledgeable in criminal matters. Also his case manager is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. These two are a great team and deserve the highest rating of 5 stars. Great experience with the both of them.
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Posted by Kevin | October 30, 2016
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Great
First time gettin in some real trouble and Kent was able to help turn things around for me tremendously, I can only imagine how things would have turned out for if it weren't for him! Look no further, here's your guy!
Posted by sk | June 9, 2016
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Excellent Attorney! I Highly Recommend Kent W. Underwood!!
Mr. Underwood provided me with outstanding legal representation and demonstrated that in a number of ways. First, his courtroom presence and delivery were superb (on multiple occasions), making his experience and thorough preparation apparent. Kent also demonstrated expert knowledge and great attention to detail throughout my ordeal despite the complexities involved. Next, and just as important, he kept me well informed -- promptly. Plus, he showed both kindness and compassion during what was a very stressful (understatement) time. He explained information in lay terms as appropriate and his communication style is one I would describe as fittingly straightforward (read: no sugar-coating). The short way of saying all of the above is I believe I had exceptional counsel and I am grateful for his expertise, as well as a favorable outcome. Finally, Mr. Underwood’s dedication and passion for his work are very obvious and he is an asset to his profession. Again, I sincerely recommend Kent W. Underwood without hesitation.
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Posted by Sabrina | February 11, 2016
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Hard worker
Mr. Underwood worked really hard on our case, He is very thorough and pays close attention to detail. He will fight to the end to defend the rights of his client. I would definitely use him again and would recommend his services.
Posted by Scott | December 31, 2015
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I will not hesitate to recommend you to others
I want to thank your firm for the expeditious and professional manner in which you responded to my concerns and obtained the order to vacate on my behalf. I could not be more pleased with your services
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2015
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Review for Kent Underwood
We hired Kent to help with a traffic issue we needed legal assistance on. He was very thorough, patient, and knowledgeable. He guided us through the process and took the extra time it took for us to understand through each step. We had the best outcome we could have in the situation and so very pleased with the service we received. I would highly recommend Kent. I would hire him again in the future if we need further legal assistance.
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Posted by J | December 1, 2015
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No Kidding AWESOME!!
During a very brutal custody battle "POOF" False child abuse allegations came up. GEE, that NEVER HAPPENS!! :/ After several consultations with other attorneys, Kent's professionalism and down to business attitude got my attention and I hired him immediately. VERY knowledgable, straight to the point, professional, understanding, and knowledgable in and out of the courtroom about the details in both my custody AND criminal cases! I trusted him with my life and the future of my relationship with my daughter, and he proved to be the best! Never backed down against a tough judge and DPA. Excellent assistant too! I cannot say enough great things about Kent and his asst.
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Posted by Leonard | October 17, 2015
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Awesome Lawyer
Mr. Underwood help our family with a juvenile matter that could have been devastating for my nephew. He was able to get the charges reduced as well as the fines and penalties. I will always look to him if I ever need another attorney.
Posted by Skye | October 5, 2015
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Great Lawyer
I have hired Kent a few times over the last few years and he has been excellent to work with. Very well organized and takes the time to really learn about his client and what they are looking to achieve based on there current situation. Totally recommend him to all my friends and family members who need to hire a lawyer.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Kent W. Underwood LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner - Sole Proprietor
  • Kent W. Underwood Attorney at Law
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Temporary Hire
  • Department of Assigned Counsel
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Internship
  • Washington Defender Association
  • 1996 - 1996
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Utah
  • MA - Masters
  • 1994
  • California State University at Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • L.R. v. DOL
  • dismissed
  • State v. Filitaula
  • Not Gulty of assault 1
  • State v. Davis
  • Not Guilty of assisting Maurice Clemmons
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rules Committee co-chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation for work on Rules Committee
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1997

Publications

  • Washington Criminal Defense magazine vol 25 No. 3
  • Medical Cannabis - Highlights in the New (and Confusing) Legislation
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Writing Moot Court competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2012
  • Tacoma Hempfest
  • Your Rights When Contacted by the Police
  • 2011
  • Moot Court Appellate competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2011
  • Legislative Hearing on Passing HB 1689
  • Testify on HB 1689 - Should Booking Photos be Released to Public
  • 2011
  • WSBA Rules Committee Meeting
  • CrR 4.11, The Recording Rule, The WSBA should recommend that the WA Supreme Court publish CrR 4.11
  • 2010
  • Seattle Hempfest
  • Police Contacts
  • 2010
  • Olympia Hempfest
  • Police Contacts
  • 2010
  • House Health and Human Services Committee Hearing on Medical Cannabis SB 5073
  • Testify Regarding Medical Cannabis
  • 2010
  • Olympia Hempfest
  • Police Contacts
  • 2009
  • Conference on Constitutional Law
  • Is the United States Constitution Outdated
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kent. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Underwood and I are members of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Underwood through this organization and I can recommend him without reservation as an excellent and principled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kent is an outstanding lawyer. He is known in the criminal defense community for his brief writing and analytical genius. Having personally watched Kent in trial, I can attest to his outstanding trial skills. If you need an attorney to go to the mat for you on a difficult or serious case, Kent is your guy. He is aggressive, brilliant, and passionate about criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Underwood has the experience and skills to help you out of the bind you are in. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Well respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kent is a strong advocate for his clients. I have practiced in the same courtrooms, firmly believe he will fight for his clients, and that he is a credit to the criminal defense community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kent is a tenacious and innovative litigator who achieves exceptional results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kent fights hard for his clients and advocates zealously for them. He is professional and also takes time to mentor up and coming attorneys. I highly recommend Kent Underwood."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kent Underwood is a fearless figure in the criminal defense community. His genuine passion for protecting his clients' rights is obvious, and he does an excellent job of presenting novel defenses and strategies on tough cases that lesser attorneys might deem hopeless. I'm proud to work in a community with so many great attorneys like Kent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kent is a great attorney. He is tenacious, and thinks outside of the box. I enjoy working with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kent and I have represented co-defendants on a number of cases. He is bright, well prepared, creative and tenacious. He is good natured and seems to love what he is doing. He has all the attributes you should be looking for in a lawyer. I would hire him if I ever got in trouble."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2012
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Tacoma Criminal defense Lawyer Kent W Underwood
Kent W Underwood
Criminal defense Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 26 years
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