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UWWM Principal Kimberly Sands to Speak at WIND Conference Feb. 2-3

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Kimberly Sands, a principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, has been invited back to speak at the annual Windstorm Insurance (WIND) Conference and plans to tell “The Truth About Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Litigation” for breakout sessions on days 2 and 3 of the four-day event. Ms. Sands — along with fellow attorney faculty members Donna DeVaney Stockham of Stockham Law Group, P.A.; Gerald Albrecht of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig; and Finley T. Harckham of Anderson Kill — will present “a multi-discipline, 360 degree perspective of bad faith litigation.” Organizers say the goal of the program is “to provide the attendees with the bad-faith knowledge necessary to effectively represent their clients. Attendees will leave the program with a better understanding of how bad faith affects the claims they are handling for their clients, which will lead to better results and greater success.”

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Florida mediator Chuck Mancuso

Mediator Chuck Mancuso Now Member of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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Charles A. “Chuck” Mancuso, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max since 2013, is among five new Florida members named by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals for 2016.

The NADN, a professional association whose membership consists of attorneys “distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution,” has more than 900 members throughout the United States, organized into local chapters such as the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society.

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Mediator Michelle Jernigan

Mediator Michelle Jernigan set to tell 'Truth About Gender Divide' at CLE seminar

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Today (Monday, Jan. 11, 2016) is the RSVP deadline for mediator A. Michelle Jernigan’s presentation of a complimentary CLE seminar on behalf of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Michelle is ready to speak on “The Truth About the Gender Divide.” This seminar will reveal the current research on gender differences in negotiation, their origin and specific strategies for women to bridge the divide.

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Florida mediator Bob Cole

Robert Cole Speaks at NBI Seminar on Mediation in Florida

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Robert A. “Bob” Cole gave a presentation titled “Post-Settlement Agreement Issues: What Mediators Need to Know” at a National Business Institute seminar in Jacksonville earlier this month. The seminar, “Mediation in Florida: Keys to Effective Settlement Negotiations,” was designed to teach techniques for attorneys, paralegals, mediators, arbitrators and other neutrals in order to build their settlement skills. It featured a faculty of veteran mediators and attorneys and offered 7 credits of Continuing Legal Education and 7.20 credits of Continuing Mediation Education through The Florida Bar. Listening to a recording, which is now available at nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/R-70729CM, also makes attorneys and mediators eligible for the same credit.

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Florida mediator Bob Cole

Mediator Robert A. "Bob" Cole Co-Chairs ABOTA Educational Program in Jacksonville

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Mediator Robert A. “Bob” Cole spent Dec. 8, 2015, teaching high school students about the 7th Amendment right to trial by jury in civil cases and is geared up to do it again next week. His teaching stint is part of a new program presented by chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates; he is co-chair of the Jacksonville chapter’s 7th Amendment Symposium effort. “With this and the Teachers Law School, we are building a strong relationship with our school district,” Bob says. “We are doing another program Dec. 15, 2015, and plan to do two more in 2016.”

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

Mediator Ricardo Cata Published in International Law Quarterly

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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.

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