Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediators on PMI Panel

  • Mediator A. Michelle Jernigan
  • Mediator Lawrence Kolin
  • Mediator Howard R. Marsee

Three Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators will speak at Mediation Institute 2016 in Orlando on Sunday, Aug. 21. They are panelists for a session titled "How Do You Deal With This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation" from 3:15 to 5:20 p.m.

The theme for the two-day conference, the premiere event of the Professional Mediation Institute, is "Getting the Most out of Mediation: Tips and Tools for Everyone Who Attends Mediation." The Institute is focused on educating mediators, with emphasis on evaluative mediation techniques.

The three UWWM mediators are:

  • A. Michelle Jernigan, shareholder. In her 29-year career as a mediator, Michelle has mediated multi-party, multi-district cases to successful conclusion. She has experience mediating a broad range of civil disputes: commercial, personal injury, employment, government, business dissolutions, medical and other professional negligence, trusts and estates, real property, insurance, family law, and appellate. She also has experience as a FINRA arbitrator, serving as sole arbiter and as chair on three-panel arbitrations. 
  • Lawrence Kolin, mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated for the past 15 years and is experienced in conducting arbitration. He also served as a general magistrate in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, presiding over hearings and bench trials. Lawrence practiced law for 20 years as an advocate in diverse areas of civil trial work and was a partner in a statewide law firm.
  • Howard Marsee, ADR counsel. He began the practice of law in 1971 as a trial attorney. During his career as a trial attorney he represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex litigation. Since 1996, he has served thousands of hours as a mediator, arbitrator and special master. 

Bob Hoyle, an attorney-mediator from Bradenton will join them on the panel, which will address ethics, professionalism and practices unique to mediation. "Common and uncommon problems that arise including missing parties, allegations of deceit, mistrust, distrust, ancillary relationships and so much more complicate the process," conference organizers say. The session provides two hours of mediator ethics credit.

In addition to producing the conference, the Institute, a collegial body, strives to inform mediators and neutrals through a bimonthly newsletter that is distributed to about 10,000 mediators and neutrals throughout the United States. This Sunday and Monday seminar at the Marriott World Center in Orlando is focused on a variety of mediator issues including ethics, diversity, domestic violence and a multitude of specific breakouts for those who mediate situations and cases that involve personal injury, commercial relationships, appellate law, family dissolution, litigation of small claims, workers' compensation and labor disputes or disagreements and more.

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