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UWWM's Robert A. Cole presents award, check at FLABOTA Annual Meeting

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Once again, Upchurch Watson White & Max was a major sponsor of the FLABOTA (Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates) Annual Meeting last month. Bob Cole attended the conference at The Breakers in Palm Beach July 18 and 19 on behalf of UWWM, which hosted the Friday Night “Celebrate Civility” cocktail reception. Bob presented the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to Rut Liles of Jacksonville. (On Sept. 16, Bob and Mr. Liles will collaborate on a complimentary-CLE Webinar; for more details, keep your eye on our home page.) He also presented the ABOTA Foundation with a $16,500 check, representing contributions from FLABOTA’s Joseph P. Milton Memorial Golf Tournament. These funds will assist the foundation…

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UWWM Principals to Speak at DRC Annual Conference in Orlando

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The 22nd Annual Conference for ADR Professionals: “The Challenge of Change” will be on August 14-16, 2014, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando. Lawrence M. (Larry) Watson and John Upchurch, both founders and principals of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will each present a workshop at the upcoming Florida Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in Orlando. The highlights of their presentations follow: Mr. Watson will speak from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, on “Organizing and Structuring Complex Multi-Party Mediations,”  focusing on complex issue, multi-party mediation sessions — from initial acceptance of the case and defining terms of engagement, to final follow up procedures. “This program explores different ways to make the mediation of complex multi…

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Florida Mediator/Arbitrator Howard Marsee

Mediator/Arbitrator Howard Marsee Serving on Florida Bar Professionalism Committee

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Mediator/arbitrator Howard R. Marsee, who is based in Upchurch Watson White & Max’s Maitland/Orlando, Fla., office, began his term of service on The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism in early July 2014. “As strange as it seems, I am serving on the Young Lawyers Working Group,” Howard said wryly. “This is a sub-committee (not all are young) that creates and presents professionalism education and CLE programs for law students and young lawyers.” Howard, who lives in Oviedo, will serve until 2017.

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Florida Mediator Robert A. Cole

A Very Active May and June for Mediator Bob Cole

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Robert A. Cole, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max who is based in Jacksonville — but who travels all over Florida to mediate — made a few personal appearances that were not mediations over the last several weeks. First, Bob participated in a panel with two circuit judges and two other mediators discussing trial issues unique to construction law cases. The Jacksonville Bar Association Construction Law Committee presented the discussion at the end of May.

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Alabama Mediator Brad Wash

Alabama mediator Brad Wash to Speak at ALAJ Convention June 14

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Brad Wash, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, will speak about avoiding impasse in mediation’s early going on Saturday, June 14, at the Alabama Association for Justice’s Sun & Stars Annual Convention.

His brief talk on the assigned subject of “When the Shells Are Far Apart — The Nuts Come Out” will highlight best practices for litigators who are shepherding their clients through the mediation process. It is part of ALAJ’s new “rapid fire format.”

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Florida Mediator Robert A. Cole

Shareholder Bob Cole Speaks for N.E. Florida CME Program

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UWWM shareholder Robert Cole recently spoke for a 50-minute session, labeled “Circuit Civil Ethical Considerations,” for the seventh annual N.E. Florida CME Seminar for Mediators, which was planned and presented by The Jacksonville Bar Association’s ADR Practitioners Committee. The annual event began seven years ago, “when we started realizing that Miami, Orlando and Tampa were about the only places within the state where you could get the required (Continuing Mediator Education),” said John J. “Jake” Schickel, a founding partner of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay of Jacksonville, and an organizer and founder of the seminar. “It’s still going strong,” he said. “About 40 attend each year. … Robert Cole was a perfect person to ask to become involved…

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