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Steve Underwood
Senior Executive Vice President; General Counsel, and Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board

Biography

Steve Underwood is in his 20th season with the franchise, including his fifth as Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel/Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board. Overall, Underwood is in his 34th year of association with the Oilers/Titans franchise. 

In August of 2006, he assumed his current position and moved from Houston to Nashville. He oversees the organization in Nashville and reports directly to the owner.

On behalf of Mr. Adams in 2007, he was deeply involved in the search for the Titans’ new General Manager, which resulted in the hiring of Mike Reinfeldt from the Seattle Seahawks. He interacts on a daily basis with Mr. Adams, Reinfeldt, Head Coach Jeff Fisher and Executive VP Don MacLachlan to ensure that all areas of the organization are integrated and moving in the same direction.

Since he joined the franchise in 1991, he has served as General Counsel for the franchise, a position he still holds. The Office of General Counsel handles a myriad of responsibilities, including management of Titans’ salary cap and related collective-bargaining issues; involvement in negotiation and preparation of player contracts and stadium, promotional and corporate agreements; and management of litigation.  He also serves as General Counsel for KSA Industries, Inc., the private holding company of Titans’ owner K. S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.

Underwood was heavily involved in issues related to the franchise’s relocation to Tennessee, including his role as one of the Titans’ principal negotiators with local governments in Nashville, Memphis and Houston.  He continues to be one of the club’s principal contacts with the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

In 2006, he was named to the league’s Security Advisory Group, which recommends best practices in stadium security related issues. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on sports law topics at functions, law schools and seminars in Texas and Tennessee.  In 1990, Underwood was issued a special citation by a student society at Texas Southern University’s College of Law for his “educational contribution to the college.”  In 2004, he received the University of Houston Law Center’s Corporate Section Achievement Award.

Prior to joining the franchise, Underwood was an attorney for the Houston firm of Caldwell & Hurst since 1977.  For his entire tenure there, he served as the Houston Oilers’ primary counsel.  Underwood also served as a part-time business law/real estate instructor at Baytown Lee College from 1980-81, and at San Jacinto Junior College from 1981-85.

A native of Baytown, Texas, Underwood received his B.J. degree from the University of Texas and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  From 1974-76, while a law student, he was a legislative aide to a member of the Texas Legislature.

Underwood has five children, including daughters Christy (36), Melissa (30), Providence (15) and Liberty (13), and son, Dennis (18).  Underwood and his wife, Frances, reside in Franklin, Tenn.

Steve Underwood is in his 20th season with the franchise, including his fifth as Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel/Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board. Overall, Underwood is in his 34th year of association with the Oilers/Titans franchise. 

In August of 2006, he assumed his current position and moved from Houston to Nashville. He oversees the organization in Nashville and reports directly to the owner.

On behalf of Mr. Adams in 2007, he was deeply involved in the search for the Titans’ new General Manager, which resulted in the hiring of Mike Reinfeldt from the Seattle Seahawks. He interacts on a daily basis with Mr. Adams, Reinfeldt, Head Coach Jeff Fisher and Executive VP Don MacLachlan to ensure that all areas of the organization are integrated and moving in the same direction.

Since he joined the franchise in 1991, he has served as General Counsel for the franchise, a position he still holds. The Office of General Counsel handles a myriad of responsibilities, including management of Titans’ salary cap and related collective-bargaining issues; involvement in negotiation and preparation of player contracts and stadium, promotional and corporate agreements; and management of litigation.  He also serves as General Counsel for KSA Industries, Inc., the private holding company of Titans’ owner K. S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.

Underwood was heavily involved in issues related to the franchise’s relocation to Tennessee, including his role as one of the Titans’ principal negotiators with local governments in Nashville, Memphis and Houston.  He continues to be one of the club’s principal contacts with the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

In 2006, he was named to the league’s Security Advisory Group, which recommends best practices in stadium security related issues. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on sports law topics at functions, law schools and seminars in Texas and Tennessee.  In 1990, Underwood was issued a special citation by a student society at Texas Southern University’s College of Law for his “educational contribution to the college.”  In 2004, he received the University of Houston Law Center’s Corporate Section Achievement Award.

Prior to joining the franchise, Underwood was an attorney for the Houston firm of Caldwell & Hurst since 1977.  For his entire tenure there, he served as the Houston Oilers’ primary counsel.  Underwood also served as a part-time business law/real estate instructor at Baytown Lee College from 1980-81, and at San Jacinto Junior College from 1981-85.

A native of Baytown, Texas, Underwood received his B.J. degree from the University of Texas and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  From 1974-76, while a law student, he was a legislative aide to a member of the Texas Legislature.

Underwood has five children, including daughters Christy (36), Melissa (30), Providence (15) and Liberty (13), and son, Dennis (18).  Underwood and his wife, Frances, reside in Franklin, Tenn.

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