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U.S. Mediator Rodney A. Max

Upchurch Watson White and Max Mediators Rack up Best Lawyers® Recognitions

Seven UWWM attorney-mediators in Florida and Alabama were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Rodney A. Max, a principal with the firm, additionally was named Best Lawyers’ 2014-’15 Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in two different metropolitan areas.

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U.S. Mediator Rodney A. Max

Rodney A. Max, Pamela Reeves Successfully Mediate Dispute Involving 2008 TVA Spill

After almost 20 months of negotiations, Rodney A. Max of Miami and Pamela Reeves of Knoxville, Tenn., have successfully mediated to resolution the dispute between 872 plaintiffs and the Tennessee Valley Authority regarding its 2008 coal-ash spill. The settlement recently was publicly announced as a $27.8 million payment distributed among owners of property in and around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. The spill at the plant reportedly dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the Emory River and surrounding tributaries, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel. The TVA was sued for alleged damages, and U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan found TVA liable in the spill — however, issues of causation and damages were left open — and ordered mediation. At the end of December 2012, he appointed Mr. Max and Ms. Reeves to resolve the outstanding issues.

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Florida Mediator Brandon S. Peters

Experienced Mediator Brandon S. Peters to Join Upchurch Watson White & Max Aug. 1

Upchurch Watson White & Max is pleased to announce that Florida mediator Brandon S. Peters will join the firm effective Aug. 1, 2014. Mr. Peters currently operates a successful sole practice, imMEDIATE RESOLUTION LLC, and he intends to offer the same high-level services as dispute resolution counsel for UWWM. He recently described his unique value as a mediator. “I work differently,” he said. “I challenge the status quo to achieve better outcomes. I do that by focusing on the people involved in a mediation conference before I focus on the issues. It is important to know my audience and to know what factors –- emotional or otherwise –- may be driving negotiations. This helps me do my job more effectively.”

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Florida Mediator Michael S. Orfinger

Florida Mediator Mike Orfinger to Be Unopposed in Election for Circuit Judge

Upchurch Watson White & Max is pleased to announce that mediator Mike Orfinger, a principal with the firm, will become a judge for Florida’s Seventh Judicial Circuit in January 2015. His opponent for the seat recently was appointed to replace another judge, leaving Mr. Orfinger unopposed in the upcoming election. Mr. Orfinger will replace retiring Judge R. Michael Hutcheson on the Seventh Circuit. Mike Orfinger’s father, the late Melvin Orfinger, was one of the original judges on the Fifth District Court of Appeal, and Mike’s brother, Richard Orfinger, is a sitting judge on the same court their father helped to establish.

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Upcoming Florida Bar Convention Gets a Charge out of Upchurch Watson White & Max

Look for the mediation group’s mobile-device recharge station — and check out its panelists in a CLE course titled “Leaning In to the Legal Profession” — at the bar’s annual convention, today through June 27 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. KISSIMMEE, Fla. (June 25, 2014) — Lawyers are so busy at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, racing from one Continuing Legal Education course to the next, checking the convention app on their iPhones to make sure they are not missing anything, making notes on their tablets and checking messages from their offices and homes. Eventually, both they and their devices run out of energy. Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group

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Florida Mediator Jeffrey M. Fleming

Florida Mediator Jeffrey M. Fleming Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 2, 2014) — Upchurch Watson White & Max is proud to announce Jeffrey M. Fleming, a former judge serving Orange County and then Florida’s 9th Circuit, has joined its panel of neutrals as dispute resolution counsel. He will add even more depth to the firm, which counts 30 mediators headquartered in eight offices throughout Florida and in Birmingham, Ala. “We are delighted to strengthen our team through the addition of Jeffrey Fleming,” says John Upchurch, founder and chief executive officer of the mediation group. “His broad experience, both in practice as well as through the judiciary, will offer our clients another quality choice in selecting a neutral. We welcome him with enthusiasm.” Mr. Fleming was appointed…

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