Mediators Scott M. Baughan and Brenda J. Newman Certified by U.S. District Court


ORMOND BEACH, Fla., March 14, 2019 — The ranks of Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators who are certified for selection by various U.S. District Courts recently swelled by two: Central Florida mediators Brenda J. Newman and Scott M. Baughan.

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Florida Mediators Scott Baughan and Brenda J. Newman

They both took their oath by phone earlier this year — the same one “prescribed by 28 U.S.C. § 453 which Judges are required to take before performing the duties of office.” Their names and the isions in which they agreed to serve are now published, along with information about 18 other UWWM mediators among those certified by the Middle District of Florida, at

The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida “encourages dispute resolution without litigation. Chapter 8 of the Local Rules governs court-annexed arbitration; Chapter 9 of the Local Rules governs court-annexed mediation. Most case management and scheduling orders include a requirement that the parties attend a mediation conference with a specified court-certified mediator by a specified deadline.”

The court “usually will defer to the parties’ suggestion,” which might include Mr. Baughan, Ms. Newman or these other court-certified UWWM mediators:

  • Ricardo Cata
  • Robert A. “Bob” Cole
  • Jeffrey M. Fleming
  • Richard S. Graham
  • A. Michelle Jernigan
  • Lawrence H. Kolin
  • K. Judith “Judi” Lane
  • Richard Lord
  • Howard R. Marsee
  • Rodney A. Max
  • Brandon Peters
  • Richard Reinhart
  • Kimberly Sands
  • Carl Schwait
  • John Upchurch
  • April Y. Walker
  • Lawrence M. “Larry” Watson, Jr.
  • Terrence M. “Terry” White

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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Ormond Beach, FL 32174


Related Files

Mediator Certification ORDER 01.11.19.pdf

SOURCE Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group