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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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Whether your case is a 90-pound weakling or a sumo wrestler, there are ways to find leverage and gain and maintain tactical advantage in negotiations during the mediation process. Attendees of this Webinar -- presented by Upchurch Watson White & Max Principal Kimberly Sands and Shareholder Richard Lord -- learned how to prepare for and participate in mediation with an an intention of keeping the upper hand. We are in the process of updating The Florida Bar CLE credit for this presentation.

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"Mediation allows me to use skills and experience in a new way as a neutral. I firmly believe that clients should be encouraged to try to resolve their disputes through negotiation rather than leave their fate to a judge and jury. Mediators can help parties and their counsel to look past the heat of the moment, evaluate a case with a more objective eye, and reach an immediate resolution so that the parties can return to their everyday lives. While it’s often said that a good mediation settlement leaves everyone a bit unhappy, I have yet to see that actually happen. What I have seen both as a mediator and as a participating attorney when I was practicing law, at the successful conclusion of mediation everyone lets out a sigh of relief that the case is resolved, that there are no unknowns or what-ifs about the result, and that everyone can move on."
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"For the mediator to be insensitive to the cultural or ethnic differences discussed here could result in missed opportunities," Ricardo Cata writes. "If the mediator recognizes cultural differences and learns how to address them, a new set of 'tools' becomes available."
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Attorney Theodore Babbitt, who obtained the first verdict for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case in Palm Beach County in 1970 and the county’s first jury verdict in excess of $1 million five years later, is adding mediation to his practice and is now affiliated with the Florida- and Alabama-based Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group. Locally, he has held every office, including president, of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and is known for authoring over 300 articles for the association's Bulletin.
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