Florida Mediation – Business Mediation
Successfully Resolving Conflicts In Florida & Nationwide Since 1988
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 Florida mediators and the mediation services we offer.
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As an attorney, you can sweeten up the bitter end that probate could become for your clients. Michael S. Orfinger, Florida mediator and a principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max, will explain why the probate practice area lends itself to mediation and how this form of dispute resolution can help you to help your clients. During the Webinar, you will learn the most common reasons why disputes erupt over the division of an estate and how probate mediation can offer clients not only a legal solution, but also a chance to be heard and even to complete the grieving process. Get 1.5 General CLE Credits through The Florida Bar (1.0 Elder Law; 1.0 Marital and Family; 1.0 Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Credits). The course number is announced at the conclusion of the Webinar.
As a member of The Florida Bar since 1994, Sandy Upchurch has a broad base of litigation experience that allows her to effectively mediate a wide range of disputes. To schedule a mediation with Sandy, please visit our online scheduling page or call her case manager, Mary Lou Struble, at 800-264-2622. Question: What is the best way to handle a situation where it appears the opposing party is not mediating in good faith? Sandy Says: Mediating “in good faith” is a myth in state court cases in Florida and a concept that really does not exist, believe it or not. If you research the Mediators Ethics Advisory Committee opinions at the Florida State Courts…Continue Reading
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Once again, Upchurch Watson White & Max was a major sponsor of the FLABOTA (Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates) Annual Meeting last month. Bob Cole attended the conference at The Breakers in Palm Beach July 18 and 19 on behalf of UWWM, which hosted the Friday Night “Celebrate Civility” cocktail reception. Bob presented the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to Rut Liles of Jacksonville. (On Sept. 16, Bob and Mr. Liles will collaborate on a complimentary-CLE Webinar; for more details, keep your eye on our home page.) He also presented the ABOTA Foundation with a $16,500 check, representing contributions from FLABOTA’s Joseph P. Milton Memorial Golf Tournament. These funds will assist the foundation…Continue Reading
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After almost 20 months of negotiations, Rodney A. Max of Miami and Pamela Reeves of Knoxville, Tenn., have successfully mediated to resolution the dispute between 872 plaintiffs and the Tennessee Valley Authority regarding its 2008 coal-ash spill. The settlement recently was publicly announced as a $27.8 million payment distributed among owners of property in and around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. The spill at the plant reportedly dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the Emory River and surrounding tributaries, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel. The TVA was sued for alleged damages, and U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan found TVA liable in the spill — however, issues of causation and damages were left open — and ordered mediation. At the end of December 2012, he appointed Mr. Max and Ms. Reeves to resolve the outstanding issues.Continue Reading
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- Experienced Mediator Brandon S. Peters to Join Upchurch Watson White & Max Aug. 1
- Florida Mediator Mike Orfinger to Be Unopposed in Election for Circuit Judge
- Upcoming Florida Bar Convention Gets a Charge out of Upchurch Watson White & Max
- Florida Mediator Jeffrey M. Fleming Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max