Mediator Ricardo Cata to Facilitate AAA-ICDR Mediation Roundtable

This is an official ABA Mediation Week event.
This is an official ABA Mediation Week event.
Mediator Ricardo J. Cata
Mediator Ricardo J. Cata

Ricardo Cata, an Upchurch Watson White & Max mediator and arbitrator since early 2014, will be a facilitator for a roundtable discussion presented by the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution in honor of ABA Mediation Week and the ICDR.

The roundtable, titled “Building Industry Specific Mediation Expertise in a Competitive ADR Marketplace,” is set for 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at the AAA-ICDR Miami Regional Office, 100 SE 2nd St., Suite 2300, in Miami. The program is open only to AAA-ICDR mediators, but the complimentary luncheon reception afterward, which will celebrate the growing use of mediation and increased diversity and inclusion within the field, is open to all interested mediators. (Please visit for more information or to RSVP -- by Oct. 7 -- for the luncheon.)

The overall discussion will feature Ricardo's comments and facilitated discussion on mediating franchise disputes, and he will be joined by the Hon. Suzanne Nusbaum and Paul Mason, Esq., whose topics are healthcare and international disputes.  

Interested in attending the roundtable? A limited number of seats remain, but email Angela Romero Valedon at, and she may be able to accommodate you. In-person attendees will be treated to a continental breakfast. Those AAA-ICDR mediators who wish to join by phone are welcome to call into the session, and Angela can help with that, as well. AAA-ICDR reports the course is eligible for up to 1.5 general CME (Continuing Mediation Education) credits. "Mediators are required to self-report those hours applicable to their areas of certification at the time of their renewal. For more information on the CME requirement, visit," CLE credit is pending.

More about Ricardo: "Since establishing his full-time mediation practice in 2013, Ricardo Cata has continually elevated his profile and level of qualification in the area of commercial mediation, contractual and real estate disputes, franchise disputes, intellectual property disputes, as well as insurance coverage, professional liability and personal injury disputes. Ricardo’s prior 38-year career as a South Florida civil litigator and trial lawyer prominently included representing resorts and tour operators from Latin America in Florida’s circuit and federal courts, obtaining dismissals on forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction. Ricardo also represented domestic and international manufacturers of products on claims of design and/or manufacturing defects, and represented U.S. and Latin American clients in commercial and contractual disputes. A native of Cuba, Ricardo is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has mediated in Spanish. His many professional associations include past membership in the Miami International Arbitration Society and two years as chair of the Mediation Committee of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section. He has written extensively and spoken to influential gatherings on topics such as international commercial mediation, cross-cultural mediation, the roles of outside and in-house counsel in mediation, and escalation clauses in cross-border dispute resolution."


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