Judge Edward Joseph Underhill

Cook County Circuit Court Judge – Appointed June 2023


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law; Juris Doctor, 1984
  • Northern Illinois University; Bachelor ofArts, PoliticalScience; Journalism, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1984 (First Chair Qualified)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1997
  • United States Supreme Court, 1990

Legal Experience

Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell. Ltd..1984-2023

  • Primarily represent clients in complex and basic commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and Article 9 (“UCC*) disputes.
  • Responsible for handling numerous appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court and the
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, resulting in reported case decisions.
  • Lead-counsel in numerous federal and state courts proceedings, including dozens of civil
    and criminal jury and bench trials.
  • Represent clients in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) proceedings, including
    mediations and arbitrations.
  • Client representation in probate matters, including will contests and limited criminal
    representation in state and federal court.

Dekalb county State’s Attorney, 1983-84

  • 7-11 license to practice law.
  • Management of traffic proceedings in court.
  • Argued against motions to quash arrests and suppress evidence.


  • Mid-Continent Engineering, Inc., v. Toyoda Machinery USA Corp., et al., 676 F.Supp. 2d 823
  • IFC Credit Corp. v. Magnetic Technologies, Ltd., 2006 WL 3299866 (Il. App. Ist Dist. 2006)
  • Toyoda Machinery, Inc. v. Gorski, 2003 WL 22956016 (N.D. I . 2003)
  • Elmendori Grafica, Inc. .V D.S. America (East), Inc., 48 F.3d 46 (Ist Cir. 1995)
  • Classic Flotels, Ltd. V. Lewis, 259 IL.App.3d 3, 020 N.B.2d 1167, 197 1. Dec. 43 (Il. App.
    Ist Dist., 1994)
  • Munters Corp. v. Matsui America, Inc., 730 F.Supp. 790, 14 U.S.P.Q.2d 1993 (N.D. I . ,
  • Washington Courte condominium Association-Four v. Adreani, 169Ill. App.3d
    1082, 523 N.B.2d 1248, 120 Il. Dec. 337 (Il.App. Ist Dist. 1988)


  • “Limiting the Time-Period for Claims in U.S. Arbitration Agreement,” Japan Commercial Arbitration Association Journal, July, 2013
  • “‘Statutes of Limitation and Arbitration: Limiting Your Client’s Exposure,” Illinois Bar
    Journal, May ,1 2013
  • “Taking Charge of Your Sale,” Posted on Firm’s Website, September 26, 2012
  • “What’s in a Name? For UCC Filings Under Revised Article 9, Everything, “Illinois Bar
    Journal, June 2006


  • NIU College of Law (COL*) Outstanding Service Award (2016)
  • Northern Star (NIO student newspaper) Hall of Fame selection (2005)
  • NIU COL Distinguished Young Alumni Award (1995)
  • First Place, Chicago Lawyer’s Annual Fiction Contest (1988)


  • Judicial Evaluation Committees.
  • Investigatory and Hearing Officer for the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation
    Committee, 2005-2015.
  • Investigatory and Hearing Officer for the Alliance of Bar Associations (representing
    LAGBAC), 2018-2019.
  • Court-appointed Arbitrator, Circuit Court ofCook County.
    Arbitrator for the Commercial Calendar Section, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook
  • County, conducting court-mandated arbitrations pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 20
    (2013 to present)
  • Illinois State Treasurer’s Advisory Council, representing the LGBTQ+ community (2018
    to present.
  • Coach for Look County Court Public High School’s Mock Irial Program (Austin High
    School) (2003 to 2010).
  • Circuit Court of Cook County/ Illinois State Bar Association, “Courtroom in the
    Classroom” Program Presenter (2010).
  • NO College of Law (*COL”), Alumni Association, former Board member and President
  • Legal advisor to the Northern Star, the student-managed newspaper oFNIU (1984-2012).
  • Pro bono services to indigent members of the LGBTQ+ community in estate-planning area
    (2000 to present).


In 2016 and 2018, was found qualified, recommended or highly recommended by al bar