Solely Focused On Dispute Resolution
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Upchurch Watson White & Max is a Florida- and Alabama-based professional association of mediators. Our team of conflict resolution specialists practices in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution disciplines. Specific areas of practice include business mediation, corporate mediation, commercial mediation, family mediation, arbitration and more. We also offer niche services such as multi-party, complex, malpractice and class action mediation. Please explore our site to learn more about our mediators in Florida and Alabama and the mediation services we offer.

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News Best Lawyers Recognizes 9 Upchurch Watson White & Max Neutrals
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (August 7, 2023) – Best Lawyers, a well-known attorney review and rating service, has recognized nine Upchurch Watson White & Max dispute resolution professionals in its 2024 edition. Mediator John B. Marion IV, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., has received the honor for the first time, and Lawrence M. Watson Jr., based in Maitland, Fla. has been recognized for both arbitration and mediation for the 20th time.
News Experienced Negotiator Jeanne K. Spital Joins UWWM’s Panel
Jeanne K. Spital – a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney who has handled cases involving personal injury/torts, professional liability, products liability, construction defect, contractual disputes and copyright – recently launched her full-time mediation practice with Upchurch Watson White & Max. As a Florida civil litigator, she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, becoming a partner at a boutique firm and then of counsel to a large statewide firm.
News Super Lawyers Selects 9 UWWM Mediators
The 2023 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine published today, June 27, and included eight Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators among its attorneys with the primary practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. All were repeat honorees, with Gainesville-based John D. Jopling on the list for the 17th time.
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News Claimants, Defendants Have Good Reasons to Resolve FLSA Overtime Claims Early
FLSA claims for overtime compensation, whether based on a demand letter or a complaint, are easy cases to evaluate from their inception. The FLSA overtime provisions require employers to pay nonexempt employees one and one-half times their regular hourly rate of pay for all hours worked over forty in a seven-day workweek. Employers are required to maintain records of straight-time and overtime hours worked. When there are compliant records, whether someone has worked overtime within the relevant period (usually three years) cannot be legitimately disputed.
News Global Class and Collective Actions on Rise in 2022
American-based law firms and corporations are heavily involved in this "new normal."
News Potential Liability of Employers to Tipped Employees: A Key Area for Early Resolution
There are expensive traps associated with these opportunities to save. Employer liability per tipped employee arises if the common practice of tip pooling is abused. ... Especially in these interesting times, many employers of tipped employees cannot resist saving payroll dollars by giving managers, cooks, and other non-tipped employees part of the tip pool aggregate, which, after all, is in many cases substantial.
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