Why Joe Basta?

Experienced Mediator

Broad Trial and Litigation Experience
Beginning as federal judicial law clerk in 1974, and after that for over 34 years with a large, Detroit-based firm, I have tried and litigated hundreds of state and federal lawsuits before judges and juries in the trial and appellate courts of Michigan, the Midwest, and beyond. Cases ranged from admiralty to antitrust, automotive and aircraft liability to franchising, family-owned business disputes to billion dollar environmental cleanups, class actions to patent and copyright litigation.  Whether representing plaintiff or defendant, individual or corporation, I’ve been on, and seen, all sides.   AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Best Lawyers In America, I completely understand the challenges of litigation: demanding clients, difficult opposing counsel, and impatient fact-finders.
Extensive Mediation Training
I took my first 40-hour mediation training for general civil disputes over a decade ago.  Since then my training has included mediation in domestic relations, adult guardianship, special education, and Native American peacemaking.  As a regular participant in advanced mediation trainings and workshops, I’m able to keep skills current and sharp.  Extensive and diverse mediation training enables me to help litigants to fashion the best process for reconciliation and to bring the right resolution technique to bear on each litigation problem.

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Unique Mediation Experience
In addition to my private mediation practice I am a volunteer mediator for Community Dispute Resolution Program Centers in Washtenaw and Wayne Counties, winning awards for outstanding mediation work.  As president of the board of the Dispute Resolution Center for Washtenaw and Livingston counties for three years, (headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan) I gained unique perspective on how mediation can solve community conflicts. Having mediated business and commercial disputes, environmental clean-ups, divorces, adult guardianship problems, and estate distribution disputes, I’m able to help parties who may be stuck at an impasse to develop out-of-the-box solutions.
An Academic Perspective
Since 2011, I have taught Negotiation at Michigan State University’s College of Law.  Using proven negotiation techniques and the latest developments in the field of alternative dispute resolution, I’m uniquely qualified to guide participants through the mediation process to help them recognize and satisfy their interests.
Singular Listening Skills
Specialized training in listening skills calculated to help disputants determine and satisfy their real interests, because “it’s never just about the money,” gives me a unique perspective;  a mediator is much more than a messenger the parties use to trade offers and counteroffers. He is also a counselor charged with guiding the parties through sometimes emotionally charged and heated conflict.
Cost-effective
My rates are competitive and many mediations can be completed in less than a half day. We can put together a flexible arrangement appropriate to each individual situation. There is no charge for travel within Michigan.

business services

Antitrust
Auto suppliers
Auto product liability
Business disputes
Class actions
Chemical and drug product liability
Commercial transactions
Copyright
Franchising
Environmental
Industrial product liability
Insurance
Intellectual property
Patents
Personal injury
Shareholder disputes
Toxic torts

personal injury/
negligence/
product liability

Auto negligence
Construction accidents
Fires, explosions, electrocutions
Toxic torts
Industrial products
Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
General negligence

 

family services

Pre-Divorce
Divorce and Separation
Post-Judgement
Elder Care
Guardianship
Estate Distribution

Working with Joe Basta

BROAD TRIAL AND LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

Beginning as federal judicial law clerk in 1974, and after that for over 34 years with a large, Detroit-based firm, I have tried and litigated hundreds of state and federal lawsuits before judges and juries in the trial and appellate courts of Michigan, the …

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EXTENSIVE MEDIATION TRAINING

I took my first 40-hour mediation training for general civil disputes over a decade ago.  Since then my training has included mediation in domestic relations, adult guardianship, special education, and Native American peacemaking.

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UNIQUE MEDIATION EXPERIENCE

In addition to my private mediation practice I am a volunteer mediator for Community Dispute Resolution Program Centers in Washtenaw and Wayne Counties, winning awards for outstanding mediation work.

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