Zachary M. Underwood - A Cordell & Cordell Raleigh Divorce Attorney

Zachary M. Underwood

Litigation Manager

Raleigh Divorce Attorney Zachary M. UnderwoodIn his experience practicing family law, Raleigh divorce attorney Zachary M. Underwood has found that when someone is going through a separation or divorce, they’re dealing with more than just the end of a marriage. They’re also coping with the loss of their best friend.

“It is at that moment they need someone who will be there for them, who will listen to their story, and who will support them through this trying process,” Mr. Underwood said. “I enjoy being there for my clients and making them feel supported and cared for.”

When listing his greatest strengths as an attorney, Mr. Underwood puts his dedication to preparation at the very top.

“No matter what it is I am doing, I want to be prepared,” he said. “If we have an upcoming hearing, mediation, or even a simple telephone conference, I am going to be prepared and ready to handle whatever may come up.”

Mr. Underwood is honest and to the point. He’s also dedicated to doing whatever he can to help his clients transition to the next stage of their lives.

“You are always going to receive my best possible work,” he said, “and I am going to do it as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is always a tough process, but when it is done, my goal is for each of my clients to look back and think that my guidance made all the difference.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr Underwood is licensed to practice in North Carolina.


Mr. Underwood received his bachelor’s degree from the  University of Illinois Springfield. He earned his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Underwood practiced criminal defense and business litigation before focusing solely on family law matters beginning in September 2015.


  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2014
  • Wake County Bar Association, 2014



“Zach is a godsend. Zach is doing everything right. This past year has been so, so tough, and Zach has taken a lot of worry off of my shoulders throughout this process! I could not be happier with Zach as my attorney.”


“Zach is so wonderful. Really a smart, tough lawyer. I trust Zach’s advice and really feel that I have someone fighting for me. …”


“Zach seems very interested in helping me with my case.  I am very pleased with his continued support and feel that he is TOTALLY in my corner as an advocate and adviser. [I] am looking forward to our next appearance in court!”


“Mr. Underwood is superb, an exceptional lawyer, [and] very smart and friendly. [I] really felt well taken care of by Zachary and your firm. I will … re-retain your services if need be next year.”


“Zach is a wonderful attorney. … Zach is a welcome addition to your team and works quickly and effectively.”


“This has been a difficult case involving multiple states and a less than cooperative attorney on the other end. Zach has been great about working with everyone and finding answers and solutions to every problem given to him. [I am] very pleased with the help.”


“Zachary has been great. I appreciate his loyalty, friendship, and helping me through this. He has been an open person and set me straight when we needed.”


“The weekly updates were great! Anytime I called, he always called me back and was very efficient with his response.”


“Other than keeping me up to date, Zachary is just a great guy to talk to.”


“​Zach and Katie were great to work with through this difficult situation. They were always on top of everything, and I felt like they cared about my specific case. Men need a good legal team for divorces as well, and Cordell & Cordell lived up to the hype for me.Really it went as smoothly as possible. I would not change a thing.”