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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 Retired Judge Richard B. 'Rick' Orfinger Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max
After 30 years in the judiciary, Rick Orfinger begins mediating and arbitrating in earnest this month. Before his time on the bench, the Daytona Beach native was locally prominent as a shareholder in two law firms.
News South Florida Trial Attorney Bo Dennis Brings 31 Years of Experience, Team Mentality to Mediation Practice
Mr. Dennis officially joined Upchurch Watson White & Max's panel at the first of the year. He is based in South Florida but able to mediate anywhere through videoconferencing.
News Three UWWM Mediators Inducted into National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Steven R. Jaffe, Ana Cristina Maldonado and Carl B. Schwait, mediators with Upchurch Watson White & Max, are now members of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. "Membership is by invitation only and limited to professional mediators and arbitrators who are well established as trusted neutrals among the legal community within their state of practice," according to the academy's website. "All Academy members have been found to meet stringent practice criteria and are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in their respective states, as nominated by both peers and litigation firms."
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News Meet Our Mediators: Frederick J. Lauten
In this installment of “Meet our Mediators,” shareholder Richard Lord interviews fellow panel member Fred Lauten. "I first met Fred almost 30 years ago and all along have considered him to be a true professional, keen legal mind and a good person. He has brought those attributes, and more, with him to Upchurch Watson White & Max, and I am pleased to introduce him to some of you."
News NADN Executive Director Says Reports on Zoom Flaws Should Not Be 'Headline News'
"This is a classic case of 'user error' – as advised during our Zoom webinar in March, if you’re going to use Zoom for mediations (or any business purpose) you should ALWAYS ENABLE WAITING ROOMS functionality and ALWAYS PASSWORD PROTECT your meetings. Once mediations start, you can also LOCK those meetings. Those steps alone make it impossible for unwanted guests to crash your meeting - period. And, on Apr 5, Zoom changed DEFAULT settings so waiting rooms + password requirement are the norm across all paid accounts now."
News Meet Our Mediators: Brenda J. Newman, Esq.
It takes persistence to succeed in anything meaningful. It is true in learning to play an instrument, representing clients as a trial lawyer, and serving as a dispute resolution professional. Brenda Newman, the subject of this installment of "Meet Our Mediators," can attest to all three. Ms. Newman serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master and had served as a neutral independently before joining Upchurch Watson White & Max's panel in January 2019.
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