Jamie D. Underwood is a partner and global IP strategist in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice and a lead attorney in the International Trade Commission (ITC) Practice. Ms. Underwood also has served on Latham’s Women Enriching Business Committee.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Underwood headed a Chambers-ranked multinational law firm’s ITC group. She has advocated for clients in more than 60 Section 337 actions involving a wide range of products and industries, and has testified as an expert in ITC-related arbitration. Ms. Underwood uses her first chair experience not only to help complainants, respondents, and third parties to resolve investigations before the ITC, but also in related matters before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Ms. Underwood advises entities on legislative and policy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and the Administration.

Ms. Underwood is recognized regularly as a Section 337 leader by Chambers, The Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, and Managing Intellectual Property. She is also an American Bar Foundation Fellow.

Aside from her ITC advocacy, Ms. Underwood has litigation experience in federal trial and appellate courts, handling disputes over trademarks, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, antitrust, and complex commercial questions. She also has represented pro bono clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Underwood was law clerk to Chief Judge Frank Q. Nebeker of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as well as Judge Truman A. Morrison, III of DC Superior Court. Even before graduating law school, Ms. Underwood was prosecuting cases at the DC US Attorney’s Office in a top tier trial clinic. She also worked for the Hungarian Parliament, consulted with the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and supported, as a Dean’s Fellow, a book on the constitutional courts of Central and Eastern Europe.

Thought Leadership

To complement her casework, Ms. Underwood keeps stakeholders abreast of leading-edge ITC developments through her avid involvement in the ITC and IP communities, including her service as President and Board Member 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 frequently 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 several years, she has participated on the global trade stage as an NGO delegate to multiple World Trade Organization Ministerial Conferences.

Ms. Underwood’s representative experience includes:

  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1042. Defending automotive company in high-stakes action involving products key to US environmental goals. Forced complainant to drop one full patent and many other claims from remaining patents. Prevented summary determination orders. Provided counsel on novel procedural/policy issues.*
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-998. Counseled third party automotive client on policy ramifications of remedy sought by complainant. Drafted public interest comments addressing same.*
  • Carbon & Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002. Secured no violation on unique claims with implications for US trade policy. False designation of origin claim was dismissed on summary determination. Antitrust claim, which has not been pled for decades, was dismissed. Included rare public interest hearing at the Commission level.*
  • Nokia Public Policy Initiative. Spearheaded advocacy on the Hill and before the Administration involving IP reforms. Led discussions on front-line patent and ITC issues. Shaped content and interpretation of existing and proposed laws.*
  • Hand Dryers & Housings for Hand Dryers, Inv. No. 337-TA-1015. Delivered a cost-effective solution for client via consent order. Implemented prudent resolution to satisfy business objectives.*
  • Radiotherapy Systems & Treatment Planning Software & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-968. Negotiated withdrawal of emergency trial subpoena. Evaluated potential enforcement issues. Met strategic goals of client without motions practice.*
  • Confidential Expert Engagement. Hired and accepted as Section 337 expert in legal malpractice arbitration to opine on standard of care at the ITC. Arbitrator found in favor of client, based in part on expert report and testimony provided.*
  • Audio Processing Hardware & Software & Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-949. Litigated second ITC 100-day program matter. Drove termination of investigation based on complainant’s withdrawal of the complaint against client – a top computer manufacturer.*
  • Electric Paper Towel Dispensing Devices & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-718. Liaised with Customs and ports to enforce a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders against domestic and foreign respondents on behalf of complainant – one of the largest manufacturers/distributors of paper goods.*
  • Set-Top Boxes & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-712. Defeated infringement claims for all five patents at issue for respondent – a well-known cable television company.*
  • Printing & Imaging Devices & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-690. Procured a no violation result on all five patents at issue for respondents – global manufacturer/sellers of printers and related equipment.*
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones, Inv. No. 337-TA-626. Achieved a favorable settlement prior to trial for a prominent consumer electronics respondent.*
  • L-Lysine Feed Products, Their Methods of Production & Genetic Constructs For Production, Inv. No. 337-TA-571. Protected respondents’ interests in a case where the Federal Circuit affirmed invalidity of patents at issue and upheld a no violation finding by the ALJ and the Commission.*
  • Baseband Processor Chips & Chipsets, Transmitter & Receiver (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips, & Products Containing Same, Including Cellular Telephone Handsets, Inv. No. 337-TA-543. Intervened for third party producer before the Federal Circuit in what became Kyocera Wireless Corporation v. ITC, Appeal Nos. 2007-1493 et seq. Overturned limited exclusion order for entities not named as respondents.*
  • Ink Markers & Packaging Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-522. Won general exclusion order and a cease and desist order for complainant – a renowned writing products manufacturer. Violation found on summary determination based on infringement of trademarks and trade dress.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • BA in Communications & German Business and Commercial Studies Concentration, University of Illinois
  • JD, American University
    magna cum laude