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 our firm have served as trailblazers in establishing the processes to achieve that goal.
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.
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 know you travel, I will keep that in mind.
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.
Mr. (Lawrence) Kolin has been very effective in every mediation I've attended with him. We've managed to achieve settlement with all parties walking away, if not exactly happy, not unhappy. He treats all participants with respect and understands the issues presented quickly. His extensive experience in civil litigation allows him to assist the parties in identifying issues. I highly recommend him as a mediator.
Dear Rod (Max): 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!
We were very lucky to have such a compassionate and great guy (Arthur Garcia Jr.) to be part of this.
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.
I was quite impressed with Lawrence Kolin's skill, energy, and effort in bringing our case to a resolution. I did not think it was possible to settle short of litigation. In fact before yesterday I would have said it was impossible. Thanks.
Art (Garcia), thank you so much for your continued efforts to get this done. Your professionalism and excellent perspective was invaluable.
Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and helping us to resolve this matter.
I have selected and used Lawrence Kolin as a mediator on several lawsuits. He has an excellent ability to quickly analyze and digest complex legal and factual issues, find the common ground between parties, and persuasively negotiate a resolution. I highly recommend Lawrence as a mediator in any lawsuit, but, in particular, in commercial litigation.
Dear Art (Garcia):
You are really good!
You got me lower than I thought I would go and made me feel good about it.
And I knew I was being handled the whole time!
The clients liked you too.
So, thank you.
This is an unsolicited "shout out" for Art (Garcia), whom I contacted a month ago after mediation that we had did not settle, and asked him to get involved again, and he persisted with not only with the other side but even with me on a daily if not more often basis to get this case resolved for mid-six figures range months after the mediation impassed.
Incredible work ethic that I had not seen in 38+ years from a mediator. Thanks again, Art, for an amazing job!
This mediator did not give up on a difficult and protracted litigation with stubborn CEOs. His incisive questions on key issues helped bring about a resolution before what would have been an expensive trial in the complex business litigation division or Business Court. I will surely use Lawrence Kolin again to achieve settlements in tough cases.
I wanted to again thank you for the incredible task and endurance in dealing with such a difficult plaintiff.
It truly was an amazing feat that many were not able to accomplish. Your resiliency and experience steered Plaintiff out of the “unreasonable hemisphere”.
I have used Lawrence (Kolin) as a mediator in commercial cases on several occasions, and he is excellent. He does his homework ahead of time (when given the materials by counsel), quickly identifies the issues and sizes up the parties and how they should be approached in a manner that will facilitate settlement.
Art (Garcia) was amazing -- the ultimate professional settlement machine -- hats off.
Thank you for your hard work on the case. You really helped drive (it) to settle. I think we achieved a great result considering all the issues in the case. I look forward to being able to mediate with you -- in person, hopefully! -- soon.
Dear Art (Garcia):
Thank you for the extra time and effort you put into (the) mediation last week, and in (the) mediation a couple of weeks ago. It is always a pleasure working with you. You have a great ability to connect with the clients, and that immediate trust you build goes a long way. Both clients are very happy with the outcomes of their mediations, and that, in turn, brings me much joy and fulfillment.
Many, many thanks to you for helping to secure the settlement for Mrs. ___. She is such a wonderful woman, and she deserves justice, which I believe we were able to achieve. I am grateful for your hard work on this case. Until next time!
Art (Garcia), you explained the process very clearly to my clients. I was impressed. It was not the result we had hoped for but the clients are pleased and reached two very important goals they wanted – certainty and finality. Thank you, and I look forward to working with you in the future.
I had the pleasure of working with (Miami case manager) Cristal Galvez in a recently scheduled mediation. She was very diligent and made the entire process run extremely smooth. Cristal definitely makes it easy and a pleasure to schedule mediations with Upchurch Watson. Just thought I would give you a head’s up, although I’m pretty sure you know she does a marvelous job.