Ocala Mediator Renée Thompson Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max

OCALA, Fla. (May 4, 2016) - Renée Thompson, familiar to attorneys throughout the state as an enthusiastic leader within The Florida Bar, has joined the Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group. She has long had an interest in alternative dispute resolution and was certified as county mediator in 2002, near the beginning of her 15-year litigation career, and as a circuit mediator in 2010. She mediates disputes in both state and federal court.

Ocala mediator Renée E. Thompson Ocala mediator Renée E. Thompson

Ms. Thompson was a partner with Mateer Harbert PA, where she worked for more than nine years, and she plans to remain at the firm's former Ocala address, the landmark Concord Square Building, where Upchurch Watson White & Max will establish an office. She and her husband, Marion County Judge Thomas P. "Tommy" Thompson III, reside on a horse farm in nearby Citra, and Ms. Thompson counts equine law among her practice areas. Her other areas of practice include, but are not limited to: bankruptcy mortgage modification, business litigation, collections, complex commercial litigation, consumer disputes, employment, estates and trusts, family business, insurance disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, real estate, tenant disputes and wrongful death.

"Renée adds a dynamic dimension to our mediation panel, with a proven record of leadership and professional excellence," said John Upchurch, founding principal and chief executive officer of UWWM. "We look forward to extending our reach into Marion and Alachua counties, and the firm and its clients will certainly benefit from Renée’s skill, energy and enthusiasm.”

This is Ms. Thompson's second year to be listed among Super Lawyers, after the organization named her a Rising Star for five consecutive years. She received The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit for the last two years while serving on the Board of Governors. She has served as the Fifth Circuit Representative to that board since 2013 and is a member of the bar’s Executive Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Vision 2016 Commission Technology Committee, Board Technology Committee and Standing Technology Committee. She serves as chair of the state bar's Communications and Annual Convention committees. She was president of the bar's Young Lawyers Division from 2010-2011 and received the YLD Board of Governors' Most Productive Board Member Award in 2008. She has been president of the Marion County Bar and chair of the U.S. Middle District Grievance Committee for the Ocala Division.

Ms. Thompson was recently recognized by the bar’s General Practice Section with the Walter Crumbley Practice Management Award; she was named a Florida Association of Women Lawyers Leader in the Law, Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and one of Ocala Magazine’s "Forty Under Forty."

She was born in Lynn, Mass., but moved to Clearwater at age 4. Her deep Florida roots include a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville.

For more information or to schedule a mediation, please contact Ms. Thompson's case manager, Cathy McCleary, at (352) 877-4767 or Another easy way to keep up with Ms. Thompson is to follow her on Twitter at

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 eight 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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