Upchurch, Watson, White & Max is a professional association of conflict resolution specialists practicing in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution disciplines.
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Through the process of family mediation, parties can craft solutions that help them move forward, with agreements that shape their relationships and preserve their assets. Mediation can take place before the filing of a case (pre-suit) or after it has already been filed. Family mediation consists of two parties – either spouses or parents in divorce or paternity cases, or family members in other conflicts concerning guardianships or other issues.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are no longer physically convening groups of more than 10. However, our 43 mediators and our staff members in all nine of our offices are employing video and telephonic conferencing platforms to allow us to continue helping you to resolve disputes without the risk of face-to-face meetings.
Mediation is a facilitated negotiation process in which a skilled third party neutral assists parties in conflict to reach a mutually acceptable reconciliation of their dispute. Mediation is the core component of the Upchurch, Watson, White & Max dispute resolution practice.
Arbitration is an adjudicative process in which an experienced third party neutral (or panel of neutrals) serves to resolve disputes through an orderly hearing and award process without judicial intervention. Done properly, it can be a cost-effective, expedient, and efficient means of resolving complex commercial disputes.
Upchurch Watson White & Max's most experienced mediators, John Upchurch and Lawrence Watson, are Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (CEDS), credentialed by the technology community’s Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. Additionally, Lawrence Kolin, who chaired the effort to amend the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to include Electronically Stored Information (ESI), is available to resolve electronic discovery disputes.
Mediated Case Management is a unique blend of facilitative and adjudicative processes aimed at cost effectively and efficiently managing complex, multiparty litigation.
UWWM members regularly serve as court appointed special masters and magistrates in pre-trial discovery and motion practice proceedings where they issue preliminary rulings, report and make recommendations to the court, and generally support ongoing litigation.
The firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group marshals the unique experiences of its practitioners to provide members of the public with timely and durable solutions to conflicts with governmental agencies and quasi-governmental organizations.
Family owned businesses undergoing generational ownership transitions often require not only facilitative services to smooth the way for new management while preserving accumulated wealth for the business founders, but multidisciplinary input to help support and re-shape future business operations as well.
Capitalizing on the unique experiences of a trio of its mediators, UWWM has established the Center for National Class and Mass Actions. The Center is led by Rodney Max, Terry White and Steve Jaffe, who have decades of class and mass action experience in a vast array of cases.