Randy Underwood has a comprehensive business and transactional law practice which includes advising commercial real estate buyers, sellers, tenants, developers and lenders; counseling numerous financial institutions on operational and regulatory issues; and assisting agribusiness entities.
Randy regularly advises real estate investors regarding acquiring, financing, leasing and developing, conveying commercial real estate and evaluating possible real estate investments.
Randy counsels significant agribusiness entities in the raising of equity capital, the investing of that capital in agricultural properties throughout the United States, and the implementing of leasing and other strategies to generate returns on those investments.
For more than 40 years, Randy has advised numerous financial institutions throughout the United States regarding a variety of matters, including regulatory, securities, consumer compliance, documentation and operational issues. Randy has frequently written and spoken to North Carolina attorneys and bankers regarding numerous banking law issues and has co-authored a treatise on North Carolina secured transactions under Article Nine of the Uniform Commercial Code, which is used by North Carolina attorneys and lenders. Randy regularly represents sellers and purchasers in their mortgage banking activities.
Randy provides counsel to varied clients regarding business issues and commercial transactions. This advice involves entity formation, equity and debt financing, business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and operational issues.
Honors & Recognitions
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Financial Services Regulation Law and Real Estate Law (2005-2022)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Banking Law (2006-2013)
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1979
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1974, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.19.2021
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.20.2020
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2019
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2018
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2017
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2016
- Press Release02.02.2016
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.17.2015
Professional & Civic
Professional & Civic Activities
Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys (2003-present)
Chair, Financial Institutions Committee, Business Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2004-05)
Member, North Carolina Land Title Association; Executive Committee (2013-2015)
Member, Real Property and Corporate Law Sections, North Carolina Bar Association (1979-present)
Member, Greensboro Bar Association (1979-present)
Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Greensboro (2008-2010); President (2015-2016); Vice President (2013-2014)
Past Chair, Christian Social Ministries Commission, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Past Organizing Director, Ten Thousand Villages of Greensboro
I grew up in a rural area in central North Carolina, and all of my grandparents were farmers. My childhood taught me a lot of about the value of goal setting, a strong work ethic and finding practical solutions to problems, and I’ve incorporated those life lessons into my practice. What I enjoy most about my work as a lawyer is forming personal relationships with my clients and becoming an integral part of their team. Feeling that I have contributed in some way to my clients’ success is what drives me.
If I’m not practicing law, my description of a perfect day would include standing at the top of a ski slope on a brisk sunny day, or sitting in my chair in the sun at an Americana music festival. I enjoy doing most anything outside, even things others might consider work. If I were not a lawyer, I’d probably be doing something that involved the land or things that grow on it.