Mediator Michael S. Orfinger to Speak at PMI Conference in Orlando Aug. 21

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The Professional Mediation Conference features mediators from around the country educating their peers.

Florida Mediator Michael S. Orfinger

Michael S. Orfinger

Every trial lawyer has heard a client ask, 'What are my chances?' ... This course suggests a method for analyzing the 'tangible' factors of a lawsuit, by applying statistical decision tree analysis to the legal and factual issues in the case.

Michael S. Orfinger, a principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max, will present “Valuing Cases for Settlement: Seeing the Forest Through the Decision Trees” at the Professional Mediation Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

The 50-minute program is designed to introduce mediators to decision tree analysis, graphically depicting issues presented by each party in a lawsuit. "Every trial lawyer has heard a client ask, 'What are my chances?' The quality of the answer is based on both the lawyer's analysis of the tangible factors and the lawyer's instinct for the intangible ones," Mr. Orfinger says.

"This course suggests a method for analyzing the 'tangible' factors of a lawsuit, by applying statistical decision tree analysis to the legal and factual issues in the case. Far from supplanting a lawyer's professional judgment, decision tree analysis is intended to augment it."

The daylong conference, which includes many sessions in addition to Mr. Orfinger's, will be presented by the Professional Mediation Institute as part of the 68th annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive. Mr. Orfinger's presentation will be from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m. in the Palms Ballroom – Canary 1, Convention Level.

To register, visit http://www.wci360.com/conference/register; be sure to identify yourself as a mediator for proper registration.

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 five 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: http://www.uww-adr.com.

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