Mediator Ricardo J. Cata to Speak at International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference in Miami on Feb. 27

Mr. Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max, will be part of a panel discussing "Hot Topics in International Arbitration" at 10:15 a.m.

Florida mediator Ricardo Cata Mediator Ricardo J. Cata

MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2015) -- Ricardo J. Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will join three other panelists to discuss "Hot Topics in International Arbitration" for the International Litigation, Arbitration & (Business) Transactions Conference, presented by The Florida Bar International Law Section on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Conrad Hotel.

Earlier this year, Mr. Cata and the moderator of the upcoming session, Edward M. Mullins of Astigarraga Davis Mullins and Grossman (Miami), took part in a Webinar on a related topic, "The Mediation Option in International Commercial Arbitration." During that January program, presenters, including UWWM shareholder Richard Lord, proposed that mediation should be considered a viable option or supplemental process, if not the preferred procedural environment, to resolve international business disputes.

In the upcoming panel discussion, presenters will speak on international commercial mediation, including legislation aimed at promoting international mediation agreements and the proposed UNCITRAL Convention on Enforcement of Mediated Settlements, plus:
  • Recent changes to international rules, including AAA and LCIA;
  • The use of writs of constitutional protection to block enforcement of arbitral awards; and
  • The 1958 New York Convention and its complex outcome in the U.S.: Figueiredo and First Investment: how Article III serves as a stopper to enforcement with the use of forum non conveniens and personal jurisdiction.

A Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Mr. Cata focuses his practice on product liability (consumer, industrial and pharmaceutical), professional liability, premises liability, and cross border and commercial disputes. Before joining UWWM, he practiced law in South Florida for 38 years; during the last 25 years of his practice, he was with the national law firm of Wilson Elser in their Miami office, becoming regional managing partner of that office in 2007. His law practice focused on representing national and international clients in the areas of product liability, hotel and resort liability, and commercial/contractual disputes.

Mr. Cata has traveled extensively related to his longtime law practice in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition to his Florida Bar admission, he is also admitted to all three federal districts within the state, and to the District of Puerto Rico. Mr. Cata is bilingual in Spanish and English and able to mediate in both languages. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s ADR Section and the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, as well as the Miami International Arbitration Society.

The other panelists for the hour-long session are Manuel Gomez of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Marike Paulsson of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute and Nancy Thevenin of Thevenin Arbitration & ADR in New York.

For more information about the conference, with events scheduled from 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, through 7:30 p.m. the following day, please click here:

Organizers advise the former IBTC and ILAC conferences have been combined into this one-day, three-track program "that will showcase rules, decisions and emerging issues important to the practice of international law. The ILAT Conference will feature distinguished speakers who are leading firm practitioners, in-house counsel, academics, and members of the judiciary from Florida and beyond."

The ILS has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate at the Conrad Hotel in Miami, where the ILAT Conference will take place. You can book your room now by calling (305) 503-6500. These discounted rates may be valid for up to three days before and after the ILAT Conference.

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: Please note: UWWM is a bronze-level sponsor for this conference and will present the morning coffee break.

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For Immediate Release

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