About
Years Of Alternative Dispute
Resolution Service

We invite you to browse our site to learn more about our firm, our practice areas, and our distinguished panel of neutrals. Collectively, we share hundreds of years of alternative dispute resolution service and stand as one of the oldest fully dedicated ADR firms in the nation. Facilitating reasonable reconciliations to resolve complex civil disputes is our singular mission and purpose, and the members of firm have served as trail blazers in establishing the processes to achieve that goal.

  • From Jacksonville to Miami -- and in Birmingham -- our welcome mat is always out for you.
  • Five principals present Continuing Mediator Education at Florida State University.
  • UWWM is present at the annual Florida Bar Convention.
  • Cookies are one of the things that make us popular.
  • Each winter, we sponsor at least one golf tournament for local bar associations.
  • Mediator/Arbitrator April Walker presents CLE for attorneys at UWWM 's Maitland office.
Florida Mediators -
Orlando Mediation

In 1988, the state of Florida took the bold step of statutorily authorizing its trial court judges to procedurally require parties in litigation to participate in mediated settlement negotiations as a condition prerequisite to completing the trial process. The founders of Upchurch Watson White & Max, already heavily involved in the Florida trial court arena as judges and practitioners, embraced the new “court annexed mediation” initiative and rapidly became statewide leaders in the emerging alternative dispute resolution movement. Among the first mediators certified by the Florida Supreme Court that year, they became deeply involved in Court Committees developing procedural rules, ethical standards, and training guidelines. As their own level of experience grew with rapidly increasing caseloads, the firm’s principals also developed and administered private training programs which both increased the base of Florida mediators and helped spread the practice throughout the United States. Over 8000 mediators have now been certified in Florida where mediation has become a cornerstone in the state judicial system and Upchurch Watson White & Max is still recognized as a leader in the movement.

Indeed, Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators today enjoy a robust practice not only in Florida, but throughout the southeastern United States and nationwide. In addition to mediation, firm members provide a full range of dispute resolution services including system design, dispute review board functions, arbitration, special master, magistrate, and private judging. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and your clients in any capacity required to reach a reasonable reconciliation to resolve dispute.

What People Are Saying

I wanted to thank you for your great work yesterday in a difficult case.  I now know why you have the reputation as the best mediator in South Florida.  Now that I now you travel, I will keep that in mind.

- A Philadelphia Attorney

Thank you... I don’t think this would have settled without your persistence and persuasion.  We appreciate your making this happen and look forward to working with you again.

- Anonymous Attorney

I can’t tell you how impressed I am (always) with your skills, empathy and most of all tenacity. I can’t thank you enough for staying on top of this for an extended time. … I can only tell you that you are simply the very best at what you do. Thanks again!

- A Miami Attorney

I can see why you are one of the top mediators in the state.  I will definitely be contacting you in the future for my more large-scale cases.

- A South Florida Attorney

Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and helping us to resolve this matter.

- A Coral Gables Attorney