Member Profile: Michael E. Upchurch

Michael E. Upchurch
Frazer Greene Upchurch & Baker
104 Saint Francis Street
Suite 800
Mobile, AL 36602
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Tel: (251) 431-6022
Fax: (251) 431-6030

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


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Michael E. Upchurch has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Natural Disasters
Non-profit Organizations
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



     Mr. Upchurch is a certified mediator and since 1995 has mediated approximately 1200 disputes of all types, in state court, federal court, administrative proceedings and prior to litigation.  Mr. Upchurch  also is a certified and experienced arbitrator, including for the American Arbitration Association.  Mr. Upchurch also mediates cases on appeal for the Alabama Supreme Court, and remains up to date with respect to appellate decisions and precedent.  Mr. Upchurch is a frquent speaker on mediaton, and has published numerous articles on settlement and dispute resolution.

      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's mediation approach is to be aggressive and relentless in moving the parties toward compromise. Mr. Upchurch has an interventional style, and emphasizes efficient, paced negotiations and exchanges of offers. 

     Mr. Upchurch maintains an active trial practice in addition to his mediations.  This enables Mr. Upchurch to provide insight to the parties and counsel regarding jury pools, judges, recent verdicts and evidentiary rulings and practices, and to better understand 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.  


  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1983
  • James Madison University, B.A., 1980, Summa Cum Laude.
  • Officer, United States Army National Guard (Artillery) (1980-1986) (Distinguished Military Graduate: 1980).

Memberships & Affiliations

    Mr. Upchurch is the former President of the Mobile Bar Association and is a former Director and former President of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, the original Co-Chair of the Mobile Bar Association Diversity Task Force, and a member of  the Litigation Council of America,   the Alabama Law Foundation, the International Association of Defense Counsel, American Inns of Court, the Defense Research Institute, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals,  and the Professional Liability Defense Federation. Mr. Upchurch is a regular faculty member and speaker at the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Bibb Allen Trial Academy held each year in Birmingham, Alabama. For many years Mr. Upchurch wrote a regular column with advice for young lawyers in the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, and many of these articles have been reprinted by IADC.  Mr. Upchurch also is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings on a variety of topics associated with litigation, including mediation, arbitration, trial tactics and healthcare litigation. 


Mediation:$360 per hour, no minimum. Arbitration: Pre-hearing:$350; Hearing:$500
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