Four UWWM Mediatorsto Share Vexing Situations With Colleagues at DRC Conference


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 28, 2015) -- Four mediators from Upchurch Watson White & Max will present two 75-minute workshops to at least 100 colleagues at the 23rd annual conference of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center on Friday and Saturday. They are drawing on decades of experience to flesh out their program, "How Do You Deal With This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation."

The speakers are:
  • Howard R. Marsee: Since 1996, Mr. Marsee has served thousands of hours as a mediator, arbitrator and special master, and he was a board-certified civil trial lawyer for 20 years, from 1983 to 2003. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to receive circuit-civil mediation appointments, certified by the U.S. District Court for the Middle of Florida to receive mediation appointments in cases pending before that court, and approved by the Florida 5th District Court of Appeal as an appellate mediator.
  • A. Michelle Jernigan: In 1988, she was one of the first mediators to be certified by the Florida Supreme Court. Since launching her mediation career in 1987, Ms. Jernigan has mediated thousands of cases throughout the state. A mediation trailblazer, Ms. Jernigan served as a consultant to the court as it established mediation mentorship rules. In 1997, Chief Justice Gerald Kogan first appointed her to the Florida Supreme Court Mediation Training Review Board.
  • Richard Reinhart: He has been a circuit civil mediator, certified by the Florida Supreme Court, for 10 years and has been with Upchurch Watson White & Max since 2010. Since 2008, he also has has worked part-time as a special magistrate for the Complex Business Case Division of the 9th Judicial Circuit. He was a civil trial attorney for 27 years, including lengthy stints as partner and shareholder in Atlanta and Orlando-area law firms.
  • Brandon S. Peters: He brings more than two decades of experience as a highly respected civil litigator to his mediation practice and has now successfully mediated complex disputes involving more than 500 parties. Mr. Peters enjoys the challenge of cases in which one or more participants are considered “difficult” by their opponents, and that should make him a perfect fit for this presentation.

The quartet of mediators has come up with 21 "perplexing, serious, not-so-serious and sometimes bizarre" scenarios that may be explored with the help of workshop attendees. The four will present problems that "test, vex and entertain the busy mediator," according to conference organizers. "Attendees should come prepared to sit near the front of the room, scratch their heads and participate."

Their workshops, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday, will add an ethics component to the CME (Continuing Mediator Education) offered by the conference planned for the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. In fact, up to 14.1 CME is available to Florida mediators who attend. For more information, please visit and click on the Dispute Resolution tab.

About Upchurch Watson White & Max

A nationally leading mediation specialty firm, Upchurch Watson White & Max is known for facilitating reasonable agreements to resolve complex issues. From seven offices in Florida and Alabama, Supreme Court certified attorney mediators with wide-ranging specialties serve as court-appointed and privately employed mediators, arbitrators and third-party neutral case managers, implementing innovative methods of alternative dispute resolution across the country. On the Web:

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