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Mediator Lawrence Kolin Recognized as National Law Journal Trailblazer

Lawrence Kolin, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, is one of only 50 attorneys to be honored as The National Law Journal’s 2015 Litigation Trailblazers. He plans to accept his award at a reception honoring the distinguished recipients in New York City on Dec. 14. “The National Law Journal proudly recognizes the people who have truly ‘moved the needle’ in facilitating the changing ways that law firms conduct business,” says Kenneth A. Gary, the journal’s vice president and group publisher. “Whether it be technological developments, operational efficiencies, marketing and business development breakthroughs or research – we think this list embodies the spirit that will shepherd and shape modern law firms as a business going into 2016 and beyond.”

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Mediator Rodney A. Max, principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max

Cumberland Law Review Presents Mediator Rodney Max at Nov. 20 Symposium

The Cumberland Law Review will present “The Alabama Trial Attorney: Litigation Lessons from Birmingham’s Finest,” featuring mediator Rodney A. Max as one of five speakers, at Cumberland School of Law on the Samford University campus. Organizers say the Nov. 20 event promotes the law school’s commitment to continuing legal scholarship by providing a forum for outstanding trial lawyers — and, in Mr. Max’s case, a former trial attorney and 21-year mediator who is now well-known nationally — to share their expertise with other legal professionals.

Mr. Max, a principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will deliver his talk, titled “Mediation: Its Place in the Litigation Zoo” at 9:10 a.m., just after opening remarks from Henry Strickland, dean of the Cumberland School of Law and Cody Walker, managing editor of the Cumberland Law Review.

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Mediator Ricardo Cata to Speak at HistoryMiami's Pedro Pan Exhibit

MIAMI, Fla. (October 16, 2015) – Ricardo Cata, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, will be a panelist for “PEDRO PAN AT 55: Lawyers and the Legal Profession, Looking Back and Looking Forward,” a discussion organized by HistoryMiami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society, on Thursday, Oct. 22. Organizers promise an exploration of the legal side of the relationship between the United States and Cuba from 6 to 7:30 p.m. HistoryMiami Museum,101C West Flagler Street, in conjunction with a current exhibit, “OPERATION PEDRO PAN: The Cuban Children’s Exodus”. “The panel will include a timely dialogue about the current state of Cuban jurisprudence. Panelists include two Pedro Pans, a participant in the Florida Supreme Court…

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It's Mediation Week 52 Times a Year, but Upchurch Watson White & Max Has Plans for Oct. 11-17

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 5, 2015) – Mediation Week 2015 won’t change a thing about the way Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group operates; the firm has more than 70 mediation conferences scheduled in its seven offices throughout Florida and in Alabama, as it does almost every other week of the year. However, we have added a few special events to join in the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s fourth annual observance of Mediation Week from Oct. 11 to 17. They are: Alabama Shareholder Brad Wash will be part of a panel giving “Practical Tips From Top Mediators” in a live Webcast from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Oct. 13, sponsored by the…

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Shareholder Richard Lord

City of Orlando to Proclaim Oct. 11-17 Mediation Week

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2015) — Mayor Buddy Dyer will read a proclamation declaring the third week of October to be Mediation Week in Orlando at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 5. Mediator Richard Lord, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, was behind the effort, requesting the proclamation on behalf of the firm. The proclamation will be one of the first agenda items for the 2 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 400 South Orange Ave. Plans call for Commissioner Robert F. Stuart to introduce the proclamation and then for the mayor to read it with the recommendation that the council accept it. “The American…

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UWWM Founding Principal Larry Watson Wins Press Excellence in ADR Award

One of the first orders of business at the 23rd annual conference of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center was to present Lawrence M. “Larry” Watson Jr., a founding principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, with the Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award. At the July 31, 2015, opening plenary session, Janice M. Fleischer, outgoing director of the DRC, commented she was glad to be taking part in honoring Mr. Watson at the final DRC conference over which she will preside. She explained the Press Award is not given annually, and that it takes action by a special committee of five leaders in the field to determine whether there will be an honoree.

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