Robert Underwood

Robert Underwood


Robert Underwood is a seasoned and dedicated trial attorney with over two decades of experience. As a trial attorney, Robert has tried cases to verdict in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. In addition to being licensed in these states, he frequently handles cases in Georgia, South Carolina and Illinois.

Robert’s passion for helping others was the reason that he became an attorney. At a young age, Robert had a mentor who instilled and fostered the skills necessary to be a “good lawyer.” Robert’s practice at Cook, Leverett & Underwood allows him to spend quality time with all of his clients to learn and assess the facts of their case and develop a strategy that addresses their individual facts and needs.

Robert attended the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama to train in the school’s nationally recognized trial advocacy program. While attending Cumberland, Robert was selected to The Order of Barristers, appointed as an Executive Member of the Trial Advocacy Board and recognized for his advocacy by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Robert focuses his practice on seeking justice for railroad employees under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), individuals injured by railroads, tractor-trailers, buses, motor vehicle collisions and those who have been injured on the water in boating collisions, and crewmembers of vessels covered by the Jones Act.

Robert was the lead trial attorney in a North Carolina case involving a head on collision between a car and a school bus that resulted in a 1.3 Million dollar award to the client. The pain and suffering award in that case may be a record in North Carolina for that particular injury.

He supervises the Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina offices of the firm. 


Campbell University (B.B.A. 1999)
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 2002)

Bar Admissions
Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee
Licensed to Practice
Florida State Courts, Tennessee State Courts, North Carolina State Courts, U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, U.S. District Eastern District of Tennessee

State Bar of Florida, State Bar of North Carolina, State Bar of Tennessee,  American Association of Justice, Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, Al Cone Trial Advocacy Institute