Developing and Enforcing Good Faith Requirements for Civil Trial Mediations

Have you been frustrated by lawyers and parties in mediation sessions engaging in bad faith tactics or failing to demonstrate good faith in their negotiations?

This program, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, will survey the existing laws and rules that attempt to both (a) define "good faith" and "bad faith" conduct in civil trial mediations and (b) implement meaningful enforcement procedures. Larry Watson, a 25-year civil trial mediator and former Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Mediation Rules and Policy, outlines problems and solutions practitioners and the ADR community face in discouraging bad faith and encouraging good faith during mediated negotiation sessions.

What are the objective good faith standards? What are the problems faced in enforcing subjective standards? What can lawyers and mediators do to head off bad faith participation in mediations?

The Webinar is geared toward litigation practitioners who mediate frequently, as well as attorney-mediators who may be eligible for CME. Attendees will be eligible for 1.0 general CLE credit, pending from The Florida Bar.

How to Register

Title: Developing and Enforcing Good Faith Requirements for Civil Trial Mediations
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: Noon- 1 p.m. EDT

After registering at, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

CLE Credits

Attending our complimentary Webinar will entitle you to 1.0 hour of General CLE credit pending approval by The Florida Bar.

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Our Presenters

Lawrence M. Watson, Principal, Upchurch Watson White & Max
Mr.Watson has practiced exclusively in litigation and alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis in complex multiparty, commercial problems and construction claims since becoming a member of The Florida Bar in 1969. In 1988, while serving as President of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section and litigation counsel for the Carlton Fields law firm, he became one of the first civil trial mediators certified by the Florida Supreme Court.

Brandon S. Peters, Dispute Resolution Counsel, Upchurch Watson White & Max
Mr. Peters, our moderator, brings more than two decades of experience as a highly-respected civil litigator to his mediation career, which began with a successful solo practice and continues with Upchurch Watson White & Max. He takes a data- and evidence-driven approach to resolving disputes without ignoring the all-important human factors.

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