Prominent Mexican Law School, ICC Mexico Invite Ricardo Cata to Speak on U.S. and International Mediation Practices

Mexico City's Escuela Libre de Derecho will host Mr. Cata, a Miami-based mediator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, as he speaks on the growth of international commercial mediation in relation to international arbitration at a three-day conference presented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico. He will follow up by addressing a graduate program about U.S. and international mediation and mediation of insurance-related cases.

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MIAMI (May 26, 2015) -- Ricardo J. Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max, is part of an international panel of mediators for a conference titled "Mediation, Dispute Boards and Expertise: Other Roads to Conflict Resolution (There is Life Beyond Litigation)" in Mexico City early next month.

He follows that appearance by speaking to graduate-level students, who are also local insurance industry executives, as well as representatives and in-house counsel from Mexico’s banking and oil industries, at the Escuela Libre de Derecho as part of the school's master of law program.

The first speaking engagement on the afternoon of Thursday, June 4, will be presented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico at the school, and four internationally known dispute resolution professionals will join Mr.Cata on the panel:
-- Cecilia Azar Manzur, chair of ICC Mexico's Mediation Committee
-- Monterrey, Mexico-based mediator Rafael Lobo
-- San Diego, Calif.-based mediator Richard W. Page
-- Jose Antonio Rodríguez Márquez, vice chair of ICC Mexico's Mediation Committee

On the morning of Saturday, June 6, Mr. Cata will give a two-hour presentation for a class of 125 students in the Graduate Program on Insurance and Surety.

"Is is a privilege to be a speaker for these two prestigious events," he said. "It is also good to see Mexico enact legislation, at the federal and state levels, to promote alternative dispute resolution methods, and specifically mediation. I am glad that, through my presentations, I can assist in the furtherance of this public policy."

Mr. Cata is quickly becoming a popular speaker on the topic of international commercial dispute resolution. He had practiced law in South Florida for 38 years; for the last 25 years of his litigation career, he was 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. Ricardo has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2013. He became certified to mediate civil cases by the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida this year.

His former law practice focused on various areas of liability, representing hotels, resorts and tour operators from Latin America in litigation filed in Florida’s circuit and federal courts, obtaining several dismissals on the basis of forum (ital)non conveniens(unital) or lack of personal jurisdiction. He also handled lawsuits representing domestic and international manufacturers of products over allegations of design and/or manufacturing defects and represented U.S. and Latin American clients in commercial disputes.

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