Laura E. Underwood

Deputy County Counsel

Laura Underwood joined the Office of the County Counsel’s Child Dependency Unit in May 2017.  She advises the County’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and County social workers in juvenile dependency matters, and represents the DFCS and social workers in dependency court       

Laura’s professional expertise includes:

  • Juvenile dependency law
  • Juvenile dependency trials, mediations, and hearings 


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., Major and College Honors, 2001

Prior Experience

  • Staff Attorney at Office of Dependency Counsel, San Jose (2011-2017)​​

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