Derek S. Underwood
224 Harrison Street
Derek S. Underwood joined Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP in 2017 and brings 20 years of experience spanning estate planning, business law, real estate, general practice, intellectual property and technology law.
Estate Planning and Probate
Mr. Underwood provides extensive estate planning counsel to individuals and families, including assisting clients with wills and trusts, wealth management, estate tax planning, charitable giving, medicaid planning and family business succession. Mr. Underwood also provides estate and probate representation.
Mr. Underwood assists clients in all aspects of forming new businesses, conducting commercial transactions, negotiating contracts, and in litigating disputes. Mr. Underwood has special experience with entrepreneurs, service businesses, distributors, and technology companies.
Real Estate (Commercial and Residential)
Mr. Underwood handles commercial real estate transactions and has extensive experience representing clients in commercial lease negotiations including negotiations for retail space. In addition, Mr. Underwood handles residential real estate transactions on behalf of buyers, sellers, lenders and title insurers.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Mr. Underwood advises clients as to copyright, trademark and licensing issues. He has experience representing authors, artists and software developers in all aspects of the marketing, licensing and selling of their creative works.
Mr. Underwood advises clients as to cybersecurity and privacy, with experience related to both on-premises and cloud computing, data center co-location/hosting/licensing, and health care and financial industry data privacy and liability.
Mr. Underwood also handles divorce, step-child adoption, vehicle and traffic citations, and real estate tax assessment grievances.
Mr. Underwood is based in the downtown Syracuse office and is also available to meet with clients in Fayetteville.