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.

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JJU at UF

Partnership with UF ADR Team Builds Mentorship, Friendship and Service

The University of Florida ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) team competes in about five intercollegiate competitions annually. Closely coordinated with the American Bar Association, many of these meets take place in conjunction with the national convention as well as Section meetings throughout the year. UF will host an intercollegiate meet in February, and our firm members will be very active in a coaching and mentoring role as that approaches. For us, this is a fulfilling opportunity for participation and service to the college and its students.

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Florida Mediator Brandon S. Peters

Free E-book Tells How to Choose the Best Mediator

Upchurch Watson White & Max is wrapping up Mediation Week by offering yet another complimentary resource on its Website. The most recent addition is an e-book, How to Select the Best Mediator, written by UWWM Dispute Resolution Counsel Brandon Peters. This e-book contains valuable input from other highly-experienced legal professionals.

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Florida Mediator Robert A. Cole

Shareholder Robert A. Cole Conducts Federal Bankruptcy Auction on Courthouse Steps

Robert A. Cole, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, became “one of the few” special masters in the state to conduct a federal foreclosure auction as he completed a $70 million real and personal property sale today on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse. Ordinarily, a U.S. Marshal would conduct such an auction, but the parties to a lawsuit captioned Grande Palisades Loan Holdings LLC v. Lake Austin Properties I Ltd. agreed to the appointment of a special master to hasten the process. “It’s an honor to be appointed a special master in order to assist the court and the parties in moving the case forward procedurally and ultimately to final resolution,” Mr. Cole said.

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