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During his career as an attorney and then as a mediator, Joseph Stavola participated in many hundreds of mediations and court-supervised settlement conferences and is now available to assist you in the successful resolution of your cases and claims.


A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and New York Law School, and first admitted to the New York Bar in 1979, he practiced for 13 years in New York City as an associate and partner in what was the largest medical malpractice litigation firm in the United States. He then was admitted in North Carolina in 1991, and became a name partner in Sharpless & Stavola, PA, a Greensboro litigation firm.


Mr. Stavola concentrated his practice in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and complex personal injury litigation. He has extensive experience in the trial of medical malpractice cases involving a wide range of medical specialties, as well as products liability cases, insurance coverage disputes, and catastrophic personal injury claims, and has represented hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in court proceedings and before professional licensing boards. A frequent advisor on risk management matters, he has lectured before medical and hospital organizations, attorney continuing education groups, and insurance companies, and his writings have appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals.


While in practice, Joe Stavola was admitted in all state and federal courts of New York and North Carolina, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 4th Circuits. His work before the North Carolina Supreme Court was instrumental in establishing the right of parties to take immediate appeals in matters affecting statutory privileges.

For almost three decades, Mr. Stavola has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV’ rating and has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Medical Malpractice Law. In 2016, after 37 years of litigation experience, he retired from the active practice of law and has focused his professional time on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, obtaining mediator certifications in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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