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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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Numerous courts around the country have applied the delayed discovery doctrine to cases alleging childhood sexual abuse where the emotional response resulting from childhood molestation, “often coupled with authoritative adult demands and threats for secrecy,” may lead a child to deny or suppress such abuse from his or her consciousness. In 1992, the Florida legislature amended the limitation period applicable to intentional torts based on abuse. The relevant provision currently provides: An action founded on alleged abuse ... or incest ... may be commenced at any time within 7 years after the age of majority, or within 4 years after the injured person leaves the dependency of the abuser, or within 4 years from the time of discovery by the injured party of both the injury and the causal relationship between the injury and the abuse, whichever occurs later. Several courts have held that this section applies only to intentional tort claims against the perpetrator of the sexual abuse and not claims against an institution based on respondent superior or other theories of liability in which an individual or institution can be held liable for the intentional criminal acts of another.
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Three Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators will speak at Mediation Institute 2016 in Orlando on Sunday, Aug. 21. They are panelists for a session titled "How Do You Deal With This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation." The theme for the two-day conference, the premiere event of the Professional Mediation Institute, is "Getting the Most out of Mediation: Tips and Tools for Everyone Who Attends Mediation." The Institute is focused on educating mediators, with emphasis on evaluative mediation techniques.
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It’s been a brief retirement for former Florida State University College of Law Dean and Alumni Centennial Professor Donald J. Weidner. Today, he officially joins the panel of neutrals at Upchurch Watson White & Max, a Florida- and Alabama-based mediation group. College of Law dean Don Weidner. Dean Weidner is a leading scholar on partnerships, fiduciary duties and real estate finance, and his mediation practice is apt to reflect those interests. He formally lists unincorporated business organizations, mortgages and mortgage substitutes, complex leasing arrangements and business disputes and breakups among his areas of expertise.
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