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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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Newsroom Updates
News Bob Cooper, Former Partner in Leading Law Firm, Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max
Robert “Bob” Cooper recently retired as a founding partner at one of Birmingham’s leading firms in favor of becoming a full-time neutral. He has tried well over 100 cases to a jury verdict, defending a wide variety of claims, over the course of his 46-year career. He has tried cases in most of Alabama’s 67 counties and in all three of the state’s federal district courts.
News Jacksonville-based Mediator/Arbitrator Karen K. Cole Joins UWWM’s Panel
A 27-year judge for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, Mediator/Arbitrator Karen K. Cole has been a problem solver for far longer than that. She is now using her collected skills as a member of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group’s panel. During 12 years of civil law practice before becoming a judge, Ms. Cole tried 19 civil jury trials as sole or lead counsel. She was AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell while in the practice of law.
The Latest Blogs
News The Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue, Part I
This issue is treated as an affirmative defense, meaning that it is usually a jury issue in which each side must prove its point. This adds a lot of expense and risk to cases, beginning at the summary judgment stage and especially if the issue goes to trial.
News 11th Circuit Clarifies Article III Standing in FCRA Class Action
The 11th Circuit reversed the district court (and magistrate judge’s recommendation) and held – at least for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act – that the mere alleged statutory violation itself is a “concrete injury” akin to the traditional harm of publishing defamatory information.
News Courts Re-Examine Long-Standing Approach of Basing Fees on Benefits Available to Class
In Lowery v. Rhapsody International, Inc., the Ninth Circuit reversed a $1.7 million fee award in a claims-made class settlement because only $53,000 in class benefits were distributed, despite $20 million in benefits being available.
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