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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 Five UWWM Mediators Selected for 2021 Florida Super Lawyers® List
Mediators based at five of Upchurch Watson White & Max's Florida offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Super Lawyers® list for the state. All of them have been included on this list for at least five years, and all were selected for their primary practice area of ADR. They are: Firm Principal Rodney A. Max, Steven R. Jaffe and John B. Marion IV, all based in South Florida; Renée E. Thompson, Central and North Central Florida; and Firm Principal Robert A. Cole, Central and North Florida.
News Lance Harke, Founding Partner of S. Florida Law Firm, Becomes Full-Time UWWM Mediator/Arbitrator
Mr. Harke is well-known for his advocacy in national multi-district mass tort and class action cases and will be a presenter for Upchurch Watson White & Max's Webinar this month, "Resolving Class Actions & Mass Claims in 2021: A Civil and Ethical Approach."
News Shareholder Richard Lord to Join Advisory Board of UF's Institute for Dispute Resolution
Richard Lord, UWWM shareholder and mediator, plans to accept an invitation from Senior Legal Skills Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen to join the Advisory Board of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The Advisory Board will comprise "Levin College of Law alumni whose area of practice is primarily dispute resolution whether as a neutral or a practitioner," Professor Johnsen wrote.
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News Trump’s Big-Tech Class-Action Suits Land in South Florida
Former President Donald Trump has launched three class-action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and Google-owned YouTube, alleging these social media behemoths of censoring him and a class of similarly situated plaintiffs in violation of the First Amendment and targeting the legality of Section 230 of the Communications Act. All three cases were filed in the Southern District of Florida.
News Meet Our Mediators: Bo Dennis
Multi-sport athletes have to have their act together. Moving among different sets of people, sport-specific fundamentals and the obligations you have to multiple sets of teammates and coaches requires adaptability, extra effort and time management skills. Bo Dennis has these traits and has carried with him the lessons from being a three-sport athlete in high school and a two-sport athlete in at the University of Delaware through his career as a trial lawyer and now as a mediator. As you will see, Bo’s career has been among the most diverse. His trial practice clients, fellow members of the bar, and those who mediate with Bo benefit from that broad life experience and how relatable that experience makes him. And the persistence it takes to be an athlete and successful lawyer comes through as well. 
News Roundup MDL Judge Rejects Attorneys’ Fee 'Holdback'
In a sweeping ruling analyzing the authority of an MDL Judge to award “holdback” attorneys’ fees to lead counsel for common benefit work, Roundup MDL Judge Vince Chhabria of California refused to hold back for lead counsel 8.25% of all recoveries in state court Roundup cases brought by other attorneys and cases that settled without any lawsuit being filed at all.
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