J. Travis Underwood


Travis is a partner at Gillam and Smith with experience beyond his years. In his less than 8 years practicing law, Travis has litigated complex commercial disputes, patent cases, trade secrets and unfair competition cases, False Claims Act cases, copyright cases, employment disputes, probate disputes, products liability cases, class actions, and personal injury and wrongful death cases. Travis’s clients come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from multi-national corporations involved in multi-million dollar disputes to individual Texans injured by the wrongdoing of others. Though Travis focuses on patent and personal injury cases in Texas federal and state courts, he believes that diversity in a trial lawyer’s practice is critical to honing one’s skills, and he enjoys working on new cases of varying subject matter.

Travis comes from a family of trial lawyers and Baptist preachers, so he is naturally comfortable on this feet and at home in the courtroom. Since law school, he has made it his goal to be in the courtroom as often as possible, and he usually finds himself in court dozens of days each year. This experience has given Travis a firsthand perspective on the best way to succeed in litigation.

After graduating from Lorena High School in Lorena, Texas, Travis attended the University of Arkansas, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree summa cum laude from Baylor Law School, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review as the Managing Senior Executive Editor. During law school, Travis served as an intern to the Honorable Catharina Haynes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After graduating, Travis clerked for the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Travis and his wife Lindsey live in Tyler, Texas with their two young daughters.


    • Baylor Law School, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 2016
    • University of Arkansas, B.A., phi beta kappa, 2013


    • The Hon. Rodney Gilstrap, US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Legal Licenses

    • State Bar of Texas
    • The United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern District of Texas

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Federal Jurisdiction Issues & Removal Panel, 2023 Smith County Bar Association Federal Practice CLE
  • Moderator, You’re Ready and Rarin’ to Go – Observations from the Bench, 2023 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference
  • Guest Speaker, The Study of Law, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Guest Coach, Patent Advocacy, Baylor Law School
  • Moderator, Let’s Hear it From the Clerks – Past and Present Clerks Share Secrets on How Lawyers Can Help Clerks Help Judges, 2021 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference


    • Member, T. John Ward American Inn of Court
    • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Eastern District of Texas Local Rules Advisory Committee
    • Member, Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Planning Committee
    • Member, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel – Sherman Division, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Member, Smith County Bar Association
    • Eastern District of Texas Bar Board


    • Member, Marvin Methodist Church


    • Winston & Strawn LLP