U.S. News, Best Lawyers Rank Upchurch Watson White & Max as Tier 1 Firm in 3 Metro Areas

UWWM is the only firm solely focused on dispute resolution to be recognized as Tier 1 or top ranked in both mediation and arbitration in the Birmingham metropolitan area. In the Orlando area, it was the only firm to rank at the Tier 1 level for arbitration. And, in the Miami metro, UWWM received a Tier 1 ranking for mediation.

This screen capture shows U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Tier 1 rankings for Upchurch Watson White & Max in Birmingham, Miami and Orlando metros. This screen capture shows U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Tier 1 rankings for Upchurch Watson White & Max in Birmingham, Miami and Orlando metros.

Dispute resolution is the only thing Upchurch Watson White & Max does, and the group was recognized with "Tier 1" rankings for its mediation and arbitration services in and around three Southeastern U.S. cities earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

Although not technically a law firm, UWWM comprises a panel of attorney/mediators who no longer practice law but who practice dispute resolution disciplines, such as arbitration and mediation, that are being described as "alternative" less frequently with time.

"Tier 1 rankings are determined through a firm's overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of your clients' impressive feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms have for your firm, in addition to the information provided to us by your firm through the Law Firm Survey," says Rebekah Fasel, Legal Media Specialist for Best Lawyers.

The rankings, published in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms 2015" are only the latest Best Lawyers recognition Upchurch Watson White & Max and its panel members have received.

UWWM Principal Rodney A. Max learned earlier this year that he is the Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2015 for mediation in not only the Birmingham metro, but also the Miami area. The news was repeated this month with a different twist in a special section included in The Miami Herald and selected Florida editions of The Wall Street Journal.

For the full list of Best Lawyers Florida 2015 (reflecting peer surveys conducted in the Fort Myers, Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach areas), please visit In it, Mr. Max is recognized for Alternative Dispute Resolution. For Best Lawyers' list of Lawyers of the Year from the same Florida areas, please visit For more information about UWWM's current Best Lawyers' honors, please click here.

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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