The October CLE Luncheon of the Coral Gables Bar Association features Ricardo Cata
, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max. Ricardo's talk is titled "The Mediation Option in International Commercial Arbitration" and is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Seasons 52, Coral Way 321 in Coral Gables.
Mediator Ricardo J. Cata
He will discuss the proposal that mediation should be considered a viable option or supplemental process, if not the preferred procedural environment, to resolve international business disputes. Commercial entities involved in cross-border disputes already prefer the predictability, “neutrality”, process, and enforceability of international arbitration over litigation, Ricardo says.
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Ricardo brings many elements from his 38-year litigation career and innovative ideas from his current mediation practice to his topic. He spent his last 25 years as a trial lawyer at the Miami office of national law firm Wilson Elser, becoming a partner there in 1992. From 2007 to 2013, Ricardo was also the regional managing partner of that office. His law practice focused on representing national and international clients in the areas of product liability, hotel and resort liability, and commercial/ contractual disputes. Since 2013, he has joined UWWM as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and conducted a personal campaign to bring mediation to the international marketplace.
He has traveled extensively related to his law practice in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition to his Florida Bar admission, he is also admitted to all three federal districts in Florida, and to the District of Puerto Rico. Ricardo is bilingual in Spanish and English, and able to mediate in both languages. He is based in Miami and a member of the American Bar Association’s ADR Section and the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, as well as the Miami International Arbitration Society.
The Coral Gables Bar Association's mission dovetails perfectly with Ricardo's personal mission. The organization promotes the exchange of ideas and information, the observance of the highest professional and ethical standards and the education of members on relevant issues in the legal profession. "Though Coral Gables is our foundation, we still seek to communicate our purpose and activities with the broader legal and business community," the CGBA's website says.