Jamie Underwood is a partner and global IP strategist in Latham & Watkins’ Intellectual Property Litigation and International Trade Commission (ITC) Practices. Ms. Underwood uses her first chair experience to help complainants, respondents, and third parties to resolve investigations before the ITC and related matters before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has advocated for clients in more than 50 Section 337 actions involving a wide range of products and industries, and has also served as an expert in ITC-related arbitration. In addition, Ms. Underwood advises entities on legislative and policy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and the Administration. Her professional activities in the Section 337 arena have garnered rankings by Chambers, IAM Patent 1000, and Managing Intellectual Property. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the firm’s Women Enriching Business Committee.
Aside from her involvement in Section 337, Ms. Underwood has litigation experience in federal trial and appellate courts, where she has handled disputes involving trademarks, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, antitrust, and complex commercial questions.
To complement her casework, Ms. Underwood keeps stakeholders abreast of leading-edge ITC developments through her avid involvement in the ITC and IP communities. Most notably, she currently serves as the President Elect for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Ms. Underwood has lectured on ITC practice at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She also speaks and writes regularly on the topics of Section 337, intellectual property, litigation, and international trade. Her contributions are reflected in the book A Lawyer’s Guide to Section 337 Investigations Before the US International Trade Commission. For the last several years, she has participated on the global trade stage as an NGO delegate to multiple World Trade Organization Ministerial Conferences.
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Underwood was head of a multinational law firm’s Section 337 group, and before joining private practice, was law clerk to Judge Frank Q. Nebeker, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as well as Judge Truman A. Morrison, III of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. During law school, Ms. Underwood gained significant exposure to thought leaders in international law through an internship with the Hungarian Parliament, consultation for the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and a Dean’s Fellowship supporting a book on the constitutional courts of Central and Eastern Europe. She also prosecuted domestic violence cases at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. as part of one of the top trial clinics in the country.