Starling B. Underwood

Starling focuses on business and commercial litigation issues. He serves as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, taking on such challenges as protecting and enforcing rights contained in partnership or membership agreements and bringing action for money owed. Starling specializes in cases regarding summary ejectments, promissory notes, deeds of trust, buy-sell agreements, leases and other contractual agreements. Starling represents all kinds of North Carolina commercial litigants in federal, appellate and state courts. He represents landlords to help preserve their rights, supports small business owners in their labor issues and helps clients take legal actions when they’re owed money from a business or individual. Starling’s knowledge and presence makes him a popular public speaker on Landlord/Tenant issues.

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Contact Information

Office: 828.254.8800

48 Patton Avenue
PO Box 3180
Asheville, North Carolina 28802-3180

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Client Successes

  • Assisted a large national title insurance company successfully obtain first priority on a deed of trust so the foreclosure process could proceed
  • Obtained a Court of Appeals decision overturning a $4M judgment
  • Obtained a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision overturning a $1M judgment
  • Secured the release of a $2M property, which was wrongfully seized by the United States government
  • Represented various landlords, property managers and property management companies in actions for summary ejectments and for money owed
  • Procured successful judgment awards against tenants on behalf of landlords
  • Defended property owners in deficiency judgment actions in Federal Court against large banks, saving the clients a combined $600k

Community Involvement

Starling serves the community in a variety of ways. For example, he’s involved with such organizations as:

  • Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission
  • Pro Bono Committee for the 28th Judicial District
  • Authorized Practice Committee for the NC State Bar Council
  • Grievance Committee for the NC State Bar Council


North Carolina State Courts (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2010)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2011)


University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2009)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.S., Business Administration, Cum Laude, 2006)


2013-14 North Carolina “Rising Star” from

28th Judicial District Outstanding Service Award, North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2011 Recipient