Nix Patterson, LLP

Jessica Underwood

Associate / Austin


Baylor Law School, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 2014

Wellesley College, B.A., Political Science, 2011

Awards and Academic Honors

Valedictorian, Baylor Law School, 2014

Editor-in-Chief, Baylor Law Review, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Steve Dillard Award for Highest Performer in Procedure, Evidence and Advocacy

Professional Honors

Law Clerk to the Honorable Catharina Haynes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Law Clerk to the Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Jessica Underwood is a trial lawyer who has worked on both sides of the docket, representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes across the country.

Born and raised in Texas, Jessica joined the firm’s commercial litigation group in 2021 after practicing with a top litigation boutique in New York.  Jessica has represented clients in matters involving securities fraud, civil RICO, contract interpretation, partnership disputes, and constitutional law.  Her clients have included energy companies, telecommunications companies, hedge funds, financial advisors, venture capital funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, corporate officers, and labor unions.

In her public interest practice, Jessica has authored numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts on a range of constitutional, statutory, and procedural issues, on behalf of diverse groups, including non-profit organizations, law scholars, and government officials.  Jessica has also represented pro bono clients in immigration proceedings, family law proceedings, and contract disputes.

Jessica earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Baylor Law School, where she graduated first in her class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review.  After law school, Jessica served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Catharina Haynes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.