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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.
Under the circumstances, my ethical and professional obligations are obvious, at least to me; confront the immovable forces with a discussion which assures that the decision-making is informed. This means (1) Trying to get the parties what they want; failing that, (2) Exploring the options available; and (3) Always making sure decisions are informed and consistent with self-determination. For my efforts, I may receive a little bit of “shoot the messenger.” Defense counsel may not agree with my observations in mediation. Fair enough; however, this is sort of the point when the alternative is turning decision-making over to others; you may get a decision you don’t agree with; at least my observations can’t hurt you.Continue Reading
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Mediator Ricardo J. Cata’s article “International Commercial Mediation: A Supplement to International Arbitration” has been published in the fall 2015 issue of the International Law Quarterly, produced by the International Law Section of The Florida Bar.
Mr. Cata is developing this innovative practice area, both on his own and Upchurch Watson White & Max’s behalf. He sees the advantages to parties who add mediation to the process when engaged in arbitrated cross-border disputes as four-fold and offers advice about this relatively new practice.Continue Reading
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The Cumberland Law Review will present “The Alabama Trial Attorney: Litigation Lessons from Birmingham’s Finest,” featuring mediator Rodney A. Max as one of five speakers, at Cumberland School of Law on the Samford University campus. Organizers say the Nov. 20 event promotes the law school’s commitment to continuing legal scholarship by providing a forum for outstanding trial lawyers — and, in Mr. Max’s case, a former trial attorney and 21-year mediator who is now well-known nationally — to share their expertise with other legal professionals.
Mr. Max, a principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will deliver his talk, titled “Mediation: Its Place in the Litigation Zoo” at 9:10 a.m., just after opening remarks from Henry Strickland, dean of the Cumberland School of Law and Cody Walker, managing editor of the Cumberland Law Review.Continue Reading