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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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This Webinar, which was presented on March 26, 2015, explores some of the advantages of retaining a full-time professional neutral to mediate disputes. Lawyers will learn the role of subject matter expertise, mediation style and mediation philosophy in the selection of a mediator. Speakers Brandon S. Peters and A. Michelle Jernigan will acquaint lawyers with conflicts of interest that are uniquely encountered when part-time mediators serve as mediators one day and as legal practitioners the next. They will identify specific conflict of interest rules for mediators under the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators and specific conflict of interest rules for lawyers under the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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UWWM Partner and Mediator Kimberly Sands

Proposals for Settlement: Their Role, Sanctions, and Whether Time to Decide Can Be Enlarged by Court

Every now and then some of your failures come back to humble you. Little did I know that after 15 years mediating cases, my 25 years as a civil litigator would result in a conflict case that may go to the Supreme Court of Florida. That may happen in Ochoa v Koppel, 41 Fla. Law Weekly D1196 (Fla. 2nd DCA May 20, 2016), wherein the 4th District Court concluded that the trial court erred in finding the plaintiff timely accepted a proposal for settlement where it was not accepted in the 30-day period; the Court ruled that a Rule 1.090 motion to enlarge time did not toll the acceptance period set forth in Rule 1.442. The Court certified its opinion in conflict with a 5th District Court decision in a case I handled from trial through multiple appeals. In that case, the court ruled that a Rule 1.090 motion to enlarge would toll the 30 day time period to accept or reject and my client’s offer under Rule 1.442.

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UWWM Shareholder and Mediator Bob Cole

Mediator Bob Cole Joins in Recognizing Achievements of NE Florida Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Mediator Robert A. “Bob” Cole, a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, recently attended a program recognizing partners in the organization’s “Beyond School Walls” initiative, which connects mentors from local businesses with career academy students focused on the same targeted industry. Beyond School Walls served 268 students involved in 13 partnerships at nine Jacksonville-area high schools over the last school year. The program is successfully achieving three goals, according to outcomes Big Brothers Big Sisters announced, based on fiscal year 2014-’15: 99 percent of participating students attended school and maintained or improved classroom behavior, and 97 percent of participants were promoted to the next grade. As a member of the organization’s board of directors, Bob,…

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UWWM Principal and Mediator Terry White

2 UWWM Mediators to Speak for Florida Justice Association Convention This Week

PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2016) – Terrence M. “Terry” White, a principal and founder of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, and UWWM mediator Charles A. “Chuck” Mancuso will deliver presentations at the Florida Justice Association 2016 Annual Convention & Expo here at The Breakers this week. The conference includes a full schedule, Wednesday through Friday, of continuing legal education for trial lawyers, mediators, paralegals and legal assistants at all skill levels.

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