In recognition of years of distinguished service as civil mediators in major litigation and commercial disputes, A. Michelle Jernigan, Richard B. Lord,
A. Michelle Jernigan, a certified mediator since 1988, has distinguished herself as a pioneer in the field, having advised the Florida Supreme Court in establishing mentorship and training rules. She has developed specialty expertise in ERISA matters as well as NASD securities claims, and has served as a regular on the mediators training and speaking circuits.
Richard B. Lord has been with the firm since 1999, and mediates throughout
"We are honored and pleased to have this distinguished group of talented mediators join our shareholder ranks," said John J. Upchurch, president of the firm. "These men and women represent the next generation of firm leaders who will advance our work to new heights in the days and years ahead."
Established in 1996, the mediation group of Upchurch Watson White & Max is a nationally recognized leading mediation specialty firm encompassing a large and growing number of Supreme Court certified circuit civil attorney mediators with wide ranging specialties. Members of the firm serve as court-appointed and privately employed mediators, arbitrators and third-party neutral case managers, preside over private trials, and act as consultants to business and industry, designing in-house dispute resolution systems. With offices in Central and South Florida, as well as in