Kimberly Sands

Kimberly Sands is a graduate with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University School of Law. She has been a civil trial attorney since 1983 and a full time mediator since 2001. She is a former partner with the law firm of Sands, White & Sands, P.A., specializing in civil litigation, personal injury, medical negligence, products liability and insurance law. In 2001, she joined the mediation firm of Upchurch Watson White & Max and is currently a partner with the firm. She is available for mediation throughout  Central Florida and other nearby areas, including Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, and Maitland/Orlando, the greater Tampa, Ocala, and Titusville/Melbourne areas, and, at the request of the parties, any other location throughout the state or elsewhere.

Since 2001, she has mediated a broad range of civil disputes, including but not limited to Commercial, Construction, Employment, Government, Dissolution of Businesses and Professional Associations, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical and other Professional Negligence, Trusts and Estates, Real Property, Disputes involving Homeowner/Condominium Associations, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Bad Faith and Appellate Mediation. Please call for specific experience and qualifications.

Ms. Sands is a frequent lecturer and consultant on issues relevant to mediation, arbitration and civil litigation. Topics include: Effective Advocacy in Mediation, Negotiation Strategy; Mediating First and Third Party Insurance and Bad Faith Claims; Mediating Construction Disputes; Mediating Complex, Multi-Party Issues; and Ethics in Mediation.

Professional Education and Qualifications

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, cum laude (1980), with a study focus in sociology and psychology
J.D. Rutgers University School of Law (1983)
Certified Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit Court Mediator (since 2001)
Certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator, Appellate Mediator
Certified U.S. District Court Mediator - Middle District of Florida
Approved Appellate Mediator by the Fifth District Court of Appeal, State of Florida

Memberships, Professional and Civic Associations

Partner, Upchurch Watson White & Max
Partner, Sands, White & Sands P.A. (1983 to 2003)
Member, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Member, The Florida Bar
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Volusia County Bar Association
Member/Umpire, Windstorm Insurance Network
Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising (1998-2004)
Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Sample Presentations

"How to Spin the Mediator and Settle Your Case: Ethical Mediation Advocacy", ABA Insurance Litigation Section, AZ (2005)
"Advanced Mediation Techniques", Florida Justice Association (2006)
"Institutional Bias Faith", ABA Insurance Litigation Section, AZ (2011)
"Preparing Your Auto Case for Mediation", Florida Justice Association (2011)
"Mediating Windstorm Claims", Windstorm Network (2011)
"How to Overcome Failure in Mediation in Neck and Back Injury Cases -- Avoiding Pitfalls and Overcoming Obstacles", Florida Justice Association (2012)
"Lean In", an ongoing program offered by UWWM for women litigators and others interested in exploring issues affecting professional advocates (since 2013)

Sample UWWM Webinars

“First & Third Party Bad Faith, A Mediators’ Perspective” (2010)
"Effective Mediation in a Poor Economy" (2010)
"Mediating Tort Claims: What We've Learned Over Twenty Years of 'Mandatory' Mediation" (2011)
"Your Questions Answered" (2012)
"Art of Negotiation" (2013)

Florida Mediator Kim Sands National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals