CATHERINE WALKER UNDERWOOD is the Majority
Member and Managing Member of the firm as of October 2014. She earned a B.A. degree from David Lipscomb
College in 1971, and later received a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi, School of Law in 1974. Ms. Underwood
served as Assistant Attorney General, Mississippi Revisor of Statutes and Chief of the Opinions Division of the Mississippi
Attorney General's office until joining Underwood Law Firm in 1988. Ms. Underwood specializes in creditor bankruptcy and real
property underwriting issues. Ms. Underwood is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Mississippi as well as the
Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference and the Tri-County Real Estate Lawyers Association.
earned her B.A. degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007, and later received her J.D. degree from the University
of Mississippi School of Law in 2010. She was admitted to the bar in 2010 and is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and
Tennessee. Since 2010, Ms. Crowell has had experience in commercial and general litigation, real estate disputes, bankruptcy,
and business disputes. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Capital Area Bar
Association, and Jackson Young Lawyers Association.
MATTHEW ROSS earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Mississippi and is a graduate of the
McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College. He earned a J.D. degree from the Mississippi College School of Law
in 2008 and was admitted to the bar the same year. Mr. Ross is admitted to practice in Federal District
Court and all courts in the state of Mississippi. He has been in private general practice with ample experience
in bankruptcy, litigation, real estate and business matters, as well as collections. He is a member of
the Mississippi Bar Association and the Madison County Bar Association.
JOHN C. UNDERWOOD, JR. (1948 to 2014) was founder and managing member of Underwood
Law Firm PLLC, which specializes in real property and mortgage banking transactions. Mr. Underwood received both B.B.A. and
J.D. degrees from The University
of Mississippi in 1969 and 1972. He served as legal assistant to Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Henry Lee Rodgers
in 1972 and 1973. Beginning in 1973, he served on the staff of Attorney General A.F. Summer, where he enjoyed an extensive
practice before the Supreme Court of Mississippi and federal courts, as well as an attorney for various state boards and agencies.
In 1977, Underwood entered private practice in Jackson, Mississippi, specializing in real estate and mortgage banking transactions.
Mr. Underwood is co-author of Mississippi Mortgage Foreclosures (4th
Ed. 1996), and has served as editor and author for Foreclosure Law in Mississippi (3rd Ed. 2010). He also
wrote the Mississippi summary sections in the National Mortgage Servicers' Reference Directory for the past twenty years.
Mr. Underwood appeared as a guest speaker before the Mississippi Mortgage Banker's Association, the Mortgage
Banker's Association of Alabama as well as seminars and presentations to the Law Schools of The University of Mississippi
and Mississippi College. He also spoke at a number of seminars conducted by local title insurance companies
and real estate trade groups.