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John J. Upchurch



1400 Hand Avenue, Suite D
Ormond Beach, FL 32174


(386) 253-1560


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CEO John Upchurch talks about working with Larry Watson,  Terry White and Rodney Max to establish the Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group.

In 1976, Mr. Upchurch became the youngest elected Circuit Judge in Florida history, going on to serve as Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit beginning in 1979. He received the "Most Outstanding Jurist" award from The Florida Bar in 1981. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida as a charter member of the Supreme Court Committee on Mediation and Arbitration in 1989 and to the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the Center for Public Resources in 1993. In 2005, he was selected for membership in the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, the only national organization for special masters. He was inducted by The International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation in 2012.

Following his service on the bench, Mr. Upchurch served as president and managing partner of Cobb Cole & Bell in Daytona Beach before founding the mediation firm Upchurch Watson White & Max in 1996.


      • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
      • The National Judicial College, Basic and Advanced Programs
      • Harvard University Law School, Negotiations Program
      • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
      • Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
      • Certified Appellate Mediator, Supreme Court of Florida
      • Certified E-Discovery Specialist, Association of E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)


      • Founding Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
      • Diplomate, Florida Association of Professional Mediators
      • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
      • CPR / Georgetown Commission on Ethics and Standards of Practice in ADR
      • Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
      • Contributing Author, "Product Liability Disputes: Mediating Legal Disputes" (Little, Brown, 1996). (Winner of the CPR Book Prize, given annually to the best book published in the field of dispute resolution.)
      • Contributing Author, "Alternative Dispute Resolution" The Florida Healthcare Professional's Medico-Legal Guide, (D.C. Press, 2003)
      • Author, "Preparation for and Presentation during Alternative Dispute Resolution" Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Litigator's Handbook (ABA Section of Litigation, 2000.)
      • Presentations (partial listing): ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, The Florida Bar, Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Defense Research Institute.

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John Upchurch's NADN badge Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2007-2024;
 Lawyer of the Year in Mediation, 2018 (Orlando)

 Rated Super Lawyer 2007-2015

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Areas Of Practice

    • Bad Faith
    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Construction Defect Litigation
    • E-Discovery Neutral
    • Health Law
    • Tort / Products Liability