Firm Dramatically Expands South Florida Presence


      In a major expansion move, the regional mediation firm of Upchurch Watson White and Max has appointed five mediators from West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami to their multi-state panel of distinguished neutrals.


     Retiring Circuit Judge J. Leonard Fleet of  Ft. Lauderdale will join the firm effective January 1, 2006.  Effective immediately, new members include Wayne T. Gill and Henry A. Seiden of West Palm Beach, and G. William Bissett and Stephen G. Fischer, both of Miami .


     J. Leonard Fleet, a circuit judge since 1983, has had a distinguished career as a lawyer and jurist.  He has handled a number of celebrated cases, including the Florida citrus canker eradication controversy and the Menorah grave desecration class action suit in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


     Wayne T. Gill is a senior partner at Walton Lantaff  Schroeder & Carson, LLP, in West Palm Beach .  He has centered his practice on insurance coverage, bad faith disputes and complex litigation matters throughout Florida .


      Henry A. Seiden has been a trial lawyer in West Palm Beach since 1984, concentrating in complex personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases, with special emphasis on insurance coverage disputes, bad faith and uninsured motorist matters.


      G. William Bissett, Jr. has handled litigation and appellate matters for individual and business clients throughout Florida for twenty-five years.  A former partner in the Miami firms of  Preddy, Katner & Hardy and Hardy & Bissett, he currently practices solo from his offices in South Miami-Dade County.


      Stephen G. Fischer is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of civil trial experience, concentrating on complex personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.  He remains active in his civil trial practice, The Fischer Law Firm, located in Miami .


     These five will join our current Miami based mediation panelists, John Fleming (Jack) Kelly and Oscar Franco, in serving clients in the Broward, Palm Beach and Dade county areas.

     John J. Upchurch, President of the firm, stated, "Our South Florida clients have long maintained that there is a need in the area for the sophisticated, comprehensive approach to mediation traditionally offered by our firm.  This talented group will provide the energy, creativity and leadership necessary to meet that need and resolve complex cases."

      Rodney A. Max , the firm's Miami based practice leader, said, "We are delighted to dramatically increase our reach from West Palm Beach to Miami , and we look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with our new colleagues to meet any mediation challenge to come our way."


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