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J. Ethan Underwood


Ethan Underwood practices in the fields of land use, real estate, and property tax law, representing developers, as well as individual property owners. He has negotiated numerous zoning and development actions and advises clients regarding environmental regulations and municipal ordinances.

Ethan also represents clients before government authorities and courts regarding land use matters, title and boundary disputes, and property tax appeals.  Ethan is member of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Tennessee. Ethan earned his J.D. with a concentration in business transactions from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Tennessee. He also earned a B.S. in marketing from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Ethan is active in the community, serving in local civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for multiple nonprofit corporations, including the Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., which operates a home for boys who are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services , and Rewarding Minds, Inc., which provides to underprivileged youth computer hardware to facilitate their education.  From 2009-2013, Ethan served as Chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party, and from 2013-2015 served as 2nd Vice Chair of the 9th Congressional District Republican Party. He is also a member of Rotary, International.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2003
  • Tennessee, 2004


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Juris Doctor - 2003
    • Major: Business Transactions
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1998
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Marketing
  • University of Tennessee
    • M.B.A.
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors
  • Rewarding Minds, Inc., 2009 to 2013
  • Forsyth County Republican Party, Chairman
  • 9th Congressional District Republican Party, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Rotary Club of Lanier-Forsyth, Member
  • Georgia Bar Association, Member, 2003 to Present

Published Works

  • Traditional Use Should be Stated in Deed - Thompson v. Hulse, 2000 WL 124787 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1999), Transactions - Tn Jour. Bus. Law, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Daily & Smith, LLP, Attorney, 2003 to 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., 2015 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Local Government Lobbying


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    You all were wonderful to work with and did an amazing job. I will definitely recommend you to others in need of legal counsel.

  • Miles Hansford, LLC Miles Hansford, LLC
    Just wanted to send a big thanks to Ethan for talking to me and my dad today about a property/construction issue on my parents’ property…I can’t help but ask experts what options they have!
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    Amazing and a life-saver.

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