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Christi L. Underwood

  • Commercial Arbitrator
  • Christi L. Underwood, PA
  • P. O. Box 2015
  • Winter Park, Florida 32790
  • Email:
  • Phone: 407-496-0597
  • Cell: 407-496-0597
  • Company Phone: 407-831-3488
  • Fax: 407-831-3489


  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science University of Florida/1985
  • Law School: University of Florida/1988

Career History

Partner in general contracting and subcontracting firms before graduating law school; obtained Florida Certified General Contractor’s license.  Representative projects:  commercial buildings, educational facilities, structural exteriors and interiors of hospitals, courthouses, and a historical hotel renovation.

1989-1992:  Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, associate attorney (now merged with Holland & Knight).

1992-2002:  Foley & Lardner, associate attorney then partner in 1996; while at Foley was a construction litigator representing contractors, sureties, subcontractors, engineers, and owners; for six years represented an international airport’s construction department in large capital expansion programs.  In 2002, started own firm to concentrate in area of construction and commercial arbitration.

Professional Activities

Member, American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee;  Member, College of Commercial Arbitrator’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Co-chair, ACCL’s Dispute Resolution Committee and member of the Nominating Committee.

Have served as sole arbitrator, panel chair or member of numerous construction and commercial arbitration cases.  Representative cases:  multi-use development projects; manufacturing plants; highways and bridges; domestic and international dredging projects; underground utilities/foundation disputes; EPC contracts; energy projects; federal government projects; commercial leases; business dissolutions.

Serves as an arbitrator educator for the ABA’s Arbitration Institute, the AAA, and a program sponsored by the College of Commercial Arbitrators; invited to serve as faculty member for the Florida Bar Construction Institute, International Centre for Dispute Resolution; the ACCL and College of Commercial Arbitrator’s annual meetings.

Professional Affiliations

ABA Committee on Dispute Resolution,ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry,ABA Section of Public Contract Law,American Arbitration Association Board of Directors,American Arbitration Association National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee on Procedures and Resources,American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators,American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitrator Master Panel,American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel,College of Commercial Arbitrators,ICDR Panel of Arbitrators

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

“Time and Cost Solutions for Commercial Arbitration,” Dispute Resolution Journal, vol. 66, no.1, February-April 2011, Co-author

“Arbitration vs. Litigation:  You Control the Process v. Process Controls You,” Dispute Resolution Journal, vol. 64, no. 4, November 2009-January 2010, Co-author

“Construction Arbitration:  The Deliberation Process and Practice Tips for Advocates,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol 80, no. 3, March 2006, Author


“Rights and Liabilities of Construction Managers,” chapter 4, FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION LAW AND PRACTICE MANUAL, Florida Bar, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th eds., Co-author

Author of numerous seminar and teaching materials

Court Admissions

Florida (1989); District of Columbia (1991); New York (2004); U.S. District Court MIddle District Florida (1990); U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit (1993); U.S. Supreme Court (2006)

Community Activities

Florida Bar’s Construction Law Institute Planning Committee; member of the City of Winter Park’s Historical Preservation Board; Booster, University of Central Florida Knights Football; proud parent of a U.S. Navy JAGC lawyer

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