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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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You don’t go to trial unprepared. Your judge doesn’t preside over your trial unprepared. And most cases resolve at mediation rather than trial. So, why would you go to a mediation unprepared or without preparing your mediator? Learn the who, what, where, when and why of mediation summaries in our recent Webinar, and let Upchurch Watson White & Max mediator Howard Marsee give you some tips regarding content and the do’s and dont’s of preparing this important mediation tool.

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UWWM Principal Kimberly Sands

5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation

Recently, I addressed members of the Florida Justice Association at its annual Workhorse Conference in Orlando, Fla. The presentation was titled “Deconstructing Mediation: Finding Leverage and Maintaining Tactical Advantage in Mediation.” The conference was aimed at trial attorneys who focus primarily on representing claimants, having expanded over the years to include a variety of substantive areas of law. I have delivered similar presentations to a variety of groups over the years, which I will summarize as my “Tips for Strategic Negotiation”:

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Federal Circuit Judge to Speak in Orlando About Role in Arbitration, Mediation

UWWM Dispute Resolution Counsel Brandon S. Peters advises that The Hon. D. Brooks Smith will be at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando to present a lecture titled, “Courts ADRift? The Federal Judiciary’s Role in the Age of Arbitration and Mediation” on Thursday, March 5. Judge Smith has served the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit  since 2002. He sat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until he was confirmed for his current post, serving as the chief judge from 2001 until his elevation to the 3rd Circuit. Currently, he hears appeals from federal cases arising in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands….

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

Mediator Ricardo J. Cata to Speak at International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference in Miami on Feb. 27

Ricardo J. Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will join three other panelists to discuss “Hot Topics in International Arbitration” for the International Litigation, Arbitration & (Business) Transactions Conference, presented by The Florida Bar International Law Section on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Conrad Hotel. In the upcoming panel discussion, presenters will speak on international commercial mediation, including legislation aimed at promoting international mediation agreements and the proposed UNCITRAL Convention on Enforcement of Mediated Settlements, plus other topics of interest.

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