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…

Experience that Matters

Forty-seven years combined experience in a wide variety of trials, litigation, and mediation as advocate, teacher, and coach gives me unique perspective on conflict and conflict resolution.  There is not much that I have not seen or experienced myself first hand.

Knowing Michigan Law And The Case

A good mediator must be a “quick study” in the details of the case at hand, both facts and law.  In most cases the need for process expertise will outweigh the need for subject matter depth.  But I also have significant subject matter expertise in the conflicts I regularly mediate.

The Right Approach

We will work together to design the mediation or other ADR process that best meets your needs and interests. While I believe mediation is the best way to resolve conflict in a speedy, cost-effective, and lasting way, I am open to, and skilled in, negotiation coaching and arbitration as alternatives to get you where you need to go.

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 almost two decades ago.  Since then my training has included mediation in domestic relations, adult guardianship, special education, and Native American peacemaking.  As a regular participant and coach 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.

    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
    For the past decade I taught negotiation at Michigan State University’s College of Law.  Using proven negotiation techniques and the latest developments in the field, 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, whether by the hour, half-day, or day.  Many mediations can be completed in less than a half day.  There is no charge for travel within Michigan.

    BUSINESS SERVICES

    Antitrust
    Auto suppliers
    Auto product liability
    Business disputes
    Class actions
    Commercial transactions
    Copyright
    Franchising
    Environmental
    Insurance
    Intellectual property
    Patents
    Shareholder disputes

    PERSONAL INJURY/
    NEGLIGENCE/
    PRODUCT LIABILITY

    Auto negligence
    Auto product liability
    Construction accidents
    Fires, explosions, electrocutions
    Personal injury
    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…

    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.

    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… 

    Endorsements

    “Your persistence and patience in pursuing difficult conversations in a highly contentious family shareholder dispute settled a case our first mediator could not resolve.”

    John C.

    “The parties appreciated and responded to your down-to-earth style.” 

    Michael W.

    “Several months and many dollars after an “unsuccessful” mediation with you, the parties settled at the figure you had advocated.  Too bad we did not all take to heart the realities of the case you cautioned us about.”

    Ron D.

    About Us

    At Basta Resolutions there
    is no Dispute too Big, too complex, or too heated to resolve.

    Mediation can be scheduled quickly in a safe and confidential environment, tailored to your case, and without need for time-consuming and expensive discovery.  Most mediations can be done in one day or less, sometimes much less.

    Contact me directly…

    I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me at the email address or phone number below. You are also welcome to fill out the contact form to the right with a request.

    joe@BastaResolutions.com

    313-378-8625

    Mailing Address: 2243 Twin Islands Court Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

    Conference Location: 2723 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: Closed

    Request information here…

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