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Upchurch Watson White & Max is a Florida- and Alabama-based professional association of mediators. Our team of conflict resolution specialists practice in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution disciplines. Specific areas of practice include business mediation, corporate mediation, commercial mediation, arbitration and more. We also offer niche services such as multi-party, complex, malpractice and class action mediation. Please explore our site to learn more about our mediators in Florida and Alabama and the mediation services we offer.

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Florida mediator Robert A. Cole and civil trial lawyer Rutledge R. Liles use a series of hypothetical ethical dilemmas arising during the mediation of a “typical” personal injury case to explore what the law says, what guidelines advise and how to apply these standards to practice during mediation. Registrants for this 2014 Webinar received a link to the hypothetical case ( so they could learn all about the boutique agricultural litigation law firm Maters, Taters, Cukes & Lopes’ action against Vibra-Glow Fertilizers, Inc. Viewing this Webinar recording will make you eligible for 1.5 hours Florida Bar CLE Credits:
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1.5 Ethics
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Shareholder Richard Lord

Pre-Arbitration Preparation -- Being a Better Advocate

Efficient arbitration serves the interests of the parties in arbitration. Attorneys and arbitrators should understand what facilitates that goal of efficiency in order to reach it. Counsel should, right out of the box, provide all foundational documents governing the fact there will be an arbitration, such as the agreement or order to arbitrate. Then, on the preliminary case management call, counsel should be prepared to discuss the structure, rules, anticipated motions, dates, the need for third-party subpoenas and authority and geographic implications, discovery expectations, how discovery is to be produced and other issues.

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

Mediator Ricardo Cata at Home in Miami

Mediator Ricardo Cata‘s heart has been in Miami for a long time, and now his residence is, too. He and his wife, Ani, have finally completed a move from Boca Raton to a Miami condominium unit that overlooks Biscayne Bay. From a professional standpoint, his move was important in the growth of an important practice area: commercial cross-border disputes. From a personal perspective, the Catas are now much closer to family. Additionally, Ricardo has announced that, although he will continue to mediate wherever his clients desire, his practice will now be based at Upchurch Watson White & Max’s Miami office in Suite 420 of the Biscayne Building, 19 West Flagler Street, near the Dade County Courthouse and downtown…

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

Mediator Ricardo Cata to Facilitate AAA's Miami Roundtable on Ethical Standards

Ricardo Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max, will serve as a facilitator for an American Arbitration Association Roundtable on April 23 in Miami. The discussion is titled “Ethical Standards of Practice Across Diverse Mediation Practice Fields.” Mr. Cata is quickly becoming a popular speaker on the topic of international commercial dispute resolution. He had practiced law in South Florida for 38 years; for the last 25 years of his litigation career, he was at the Miami office of national law firm Wilson Elser, becoming a partner there in 1992.

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