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August 2009 Blog Archive

Mediation Strategies: What Plaintiffs Really Want
Mediation Strategies: What Plaintiffs Really Want Jim Bleeke , an Indianapolis defense attorney, has authored an interesting article setting forth his views as to the motivating factors that... Read More

What’s So Golden About Silence?
What’s So Golden About Silence? For something that’s so, well, silent, much has been said about silence itself. For example, we have a constitutional right to be silent. We’ve... Read More

Registered Sex Offenders – No Place to Call Home?
Registered Sex Offenders – No Place to Call Home? As a local government attorney in Florida I struggled with the political pressure to draft an ordinance that dictated residency restrictions for... Read More

Gerald Le Van to Address Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
Gerald Le Van to Address Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Gerald Le Van, Chair of Upchurch Watson White & Max Family Business and Wealth Mediation Group, will present “Family Business Succession; Expanding Your Services” to the Florida ACTEC Fellows on September 12 at the Orlando Airport Hyatt. Read More

Web 2.0: A brief digression from mediation
Web 2.0: A brief digression from mediation Are you a technophobe afraid to plug in your hairdryer? Do you scream out for your assistant to rush in to your aid each time your word document... Read More

Email marketing and Providing Effective Client Service in One Package
Email marketing and Providing Effective Client Service in One Package Joshua Fruchter makes the case for a law firm email marketing program in a recent blog post at LawyerCasting.com . His central point is by... Read More

Stress: Some Bad News and Some Good News
Stress: Some Bad News and Some Good News In a recent NY Times article, Natalie Angier reviews recent research about how stress rewires our brains. “Brain is a Co-Conspirator in a... Read More

Mediating Government Disputes – Confederate Flag Controversy
Mediating Government Disputes – Confederate Flag Controversy The Miami Herald recently wrote about a controversy brewing in Homestead concerning the flying of a confederate flag at an upcoming Veterans Day... Read More

HOA, Go Away, Come Again Some Other Day!
HOA, Go Away, Come Again Some Other Day! With his recent article regarding homeowners associations St. Petersburg Times reporter Rodney Thrash reminds us of the role mediation can... Read More

UWWM to Host CLE in Maitland Office Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group has invited CNA Insurance Managing Trial Attorney, Linda S. Bittner to present “Medicare, Medicaid and Mediated Settlements” on September 9, 2009 from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM in their Maitland, Florida office. Read More

High Fives to…
High Fives to… The Romano Law Group and John Romano , Senior Partner at the Romano Law Group, for their spectacular venture into the world of all things... Read More

High Fives to...
High Fives to... the 16 finalists for the 2009 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the... Read More

Managing Hard Times – Perhaps Stetson University Can Help?
Managing Hard Times – Perhaps Stetson University Can Help? Almost without exception businesses are struggling in this economy. Do you downsize, do you restructure, do you lay off staff, do you close your... Read More

Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget
Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget By: Marianne J. Legato, MD, FACP (Rodale 2005) Book Review - Gerald Le Van UWWM Family Business and Wealth Bookshelf A man and a woman... Read More

I Never Thought of it That Way...Spillover Parking
I Never Thought of it That Way...Spillover Parking Spillover parking need not be avoided and perhaps in this economy should be encouraged so says Michael Lewyn in his article, When Spillover... Read More

John Upchurch Speaks at Florida Negotiation & Settlement Planning Summit
John Upchurch Speaks at Florida Negotiation & Settlement Planning Summit John Upchurch principal and CEO of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group presented “Getting to Yes in Mediation” at the First Annual Florida Negotiation & Settlement Planning Summit on, August 21, 2009 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Ga... Read More

High Fives to...
High Fives to... Bryant Miller Olive, P.A. , for becoming a partner in the Law Office Climate Challenge offered by the American Bar Association and the ... Read More

A Jazzy Mediation
A Jazzy Mediation The courtroom is in many ways a theatre, and the most successful of trial attorneys have something of the actor in them. Presumably, human... Read More

Sometimes Mediation Is Not the Answer… Yes, I Really Said That!
Sometimes Mediation Is Not the Answer… Yes, I Really Said That! “Don’t rush to mediate that employee complaint” is an intriguing article that demonstrates one situation in which pre-suit mediation is simply not... Read More

UWWM Exhibitors at FDLA Annual Meeting Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group will be exhibitors at the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) 2009 Annual Meeting being held from August 6 – 8 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida. Read More

Foreclosures and code enforcement – the secret local government bailout plan
Foreclosures and code enforcement – the secret local government bailout plan Larry Schooler writes in his April 7th blog of the problems presented by abandoned and vacant buildings. The blog discusses the problem in... Read More

Ms. Mediator, Your Lips Are Moving But All I Hear is “Blah, Blah, Blah..."
Ms. Mediator, Your Lips Are Moving But All I Hear is “Blah, Blah, Blah..." I have blogged time and time again about how crucial the parties’ opening remarks are at mediation. For your sake I will not get back on that... Read More

When neighbors don’t get along…
When neighbors don’t get along… I used to work as an attorney for local government in Tallahassee, Florida and Ormond Beach, Florida . It simply amazed me how much time I spent... Read More

Opportunity Lost...
Opportunity Lost... Patty Salkin writes in her April 1, 2009 blog Denial of Zoning Amendment Constituted Reverse Spot Zoning of a Miami-Dade land use case... Read More

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