The Mediation Option in International Commercial Arbitration
Presenters Ricardo Cata, mediation counsel, and Richard Lord, shareholder, both of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, propose that mediation should be considered a viable option or supplemental process, if not the preferred procedural environment, to resolve international business disputes.
Commercial entities involved in cross-border disputes already prefer the predictability, "neutrality", process, and enforceability of international arbitration over litigation. Together with their guest, Edward Mullins, founding shareholder of Astigarraga Davis Mullins & Grossman, PA, the presenters will explore this possibility between 11 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
After registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8903361739640471041, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Attending our complimentary Webinar will entitle you to 1.0 hours of General CLE credit/1.0 certification credit for International Law through The Florida Bar.
Ricardo J. Cata, Mediation Counsel, Upchurch Watson White & Max
A Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Ricardo 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, Ricardo was with the national law firm of Wilson Elser in their Miami office, becoming Regional Managing Partner of that office in 2007. Ricardo's law practice focused mainly in representing national and international clients in the areas of product liability, hotel and resort liability, and commercial/ contractual disputes.
He has traveled extensively related to his law practice in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition to his Florida Bar admission, he is also admitted to all 3 Federal Districts in Florida, and to the District of Puerto Rico. Ricardo 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 of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as the Miami International Arbitration Society.
Richard Lord, Shareholder, Upchurch Watson White & Max
An experienced dispute resolution professional, Richard is chief moderator for UWWM's 2015 CLE Webinar series. He served on the Regional Outreach Committee for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, is a Fellow with the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) and is a member of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Our Guest, Ed Mullins
Ed focuses his trial, arbitration, and appellate commercial litigation practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration, intellectual property litigation, and class actions. He brings to this practice broad experience as a commercial litigator, having handled many disputes, including contract, business tort, media, intellectual property, and class action disputes. He is former chair of the Florida Bar International Law Section and has held various leadership positions with the ABA. He also is the former Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. He has been recognized as a top litigator by numerous publications: Top Miami 100 SuperLawyers (2013, 2014); Most Effective Lawyer, Daily Business Review; Finalist, Appellate and Public Interest (December 2012-13); Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration categories (2008-14) and the 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for International Commercial Arbitration.
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