Mr. Upchurch is a certified mediator and since 1993 has mediated approximately 1400 disputes of all types, in state court and federal court, in administrative proceedings and prior to litigation. Mr. Upchurch’s mediation experience includes resolving disputes and litigation involving, and between, governmental agencies and departments such as ADEM, the Alabama Attorney General, and the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Upchurch also mediates cases on appeal for the Alabama Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and remains up to date with respect to appellate decisions and precedent. Mr. Upchurch’s mediation approach is to be aggressive and relentless in moving the parties toward compromise. Mr. Upchurch uses an active rather than passive approach, and emphasizes efficient negotiations and paced exchanges of offers. Mr. Upchurch also is a certified and experienced arbitrator, including for the Better Business Bureau. Mr. Upchurch is a frequent speaker on mediation and arbitration and has written numerous articles on settlement and dispute resolution.
Mr. Upchurch maintains an active trial practice in addition to his mediation and arbitration. This enables Mr. Upchurch to provide insight to the parties and counsel in mediation on jury pools, judges, recent verdicts and evidentiary rulings and practices. Mr. Upchurch understands the pressures, challenges and potential hazards faced by the parties to the disputes he mediates and the lawyers representing them.
Mr. Upchurch has been trying lawsuits, primarily for defendants, since 1983. He has tried many cases of every type to jury verdict in state and federal court, including product liability, professional liability, employment, commercial, white collar criminal, environmental, medical negligence, personal injury, maritime and breach of contract. Mr. Upchurch has successfully represented clients in many high-exposure lawsuits, including in toxic tort and admiralty cases., and many cases involving catastrophic injury, including quadriplegia, brain damage, and amputation.
Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker, LLC
P. O. Box 1686
Mobile, AL 36633