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Join UWWM in Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Fla.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Upchurch Watson White & Max is sponsoring the major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida: Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The 2016 effort is set for consecutive Saturdays, April 23 and 30, at Bowl America Southside, 11141 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville-based shareholder and mediator Robert A. “Bob” Cole is a 12-year member of the organization’s board of directors and has solidified the relationship between UWWM and the local Big Brothers Big Sisters. Nationally, BBBS has a longtime association with the legal community, having been founded in 1904 by a court clerk whose New York courtroom had seen a growing influx of boys.

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Mediator Bob Cole Presents CLE Program Sponsored by Jacksonville Bar Commercial Litigation Committee

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The Jacksonville Bar Association Commercial Litigation Committee recently hosted a CLE luncheon at Holland & Knight’s downtown office featuring UWWM shareholder/mediator Robert A. “Bob” Cole and Bryan R. Rendzio of Franson, Iseley & Rendzio, P.A.

The topic of the free CLE seminar was “Ten Cornerstones for Building Your Mediation Advocacy.”

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UWWM Partner/Mediator Rodney A. Max

UWWM Partner Rodney Max to Speak on "Effective Mediation Practice Skills" in Miami

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Talk at Miami’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference Focuses on Class/Mass Actions The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) have invited mediator Rodney A. Max to speak on Friday, March 11, at their Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference in Miami. His presentation, subtitled “Bringing Class Actions & Mass Claims to Resolution, a Civil and Ethical Approach,” will begin at 10:20 a.m. in the Jasmine Room of the Hyatt Regency, site of the two-day conference. The conference offers an introductory and an advanced track, and Rod’s talk, billed as “Effective Mediation Practice Skills,” is part of the latter.

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

Mediator Ricardo Cata in Center of International Dispute Resolution Conversation

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Ricardo Cata, a Miami-based mediator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, increasingly finds himself at the center of academic and practical discussions about international commercial dispute resolution — at a time when Miami is being touted and is growing as a hub for international arbitration. First among Ricardo’s current engagements is his organizational service to the 2016 International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference at the city’s Conrad Hotel on Friday, Feb. 26.

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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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