Joseph M. Stavola (of Counsel)

of Counsel

Practice Areas
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Memberships & Experience


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1991; New York State Bar, 1979
  • North Carolina and Greensboro Bar Associations
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Dispute Resoution Commission

Reported Cases

  • Sharpe v. Worland, 351 N.C. 264, 522 S.E.2d 577 (1999)
  • Kolb v. Schatzman & Assocs., L.L.C., 150 N.C.App. 94, 563 S.E.2d 231 (2002)
  • Sharpe v. Worland, 147 N.C.App. 782, 557 S.E.2d 110 (2001)
  • Hylton v. Koontz, 138 N.C.App. 511, 530 S.E.2d 108 (2000)
  • Davis v. Joyce, 115 N.C.App. 728, 446 S.E.2d 891 (1994)
  • Snyder v. Major, 789 F.Supp. 646 (S.D.N.Y. 1992)


  • J.D., New York Law School, 1978
  • B.A., cum laude, State University of New York, Albany, 1975

Joe Stavola graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and New York Law School. First admitted to the New York Bar, he practiced for 13 years as an associate and partner in a New York City firm that was the largest medical malpractice defense firm in the United States. Mr. Stavola has been admitted to practice in North Carolina since 1991. Mr. Stavola is a Certified Superior Court Mediator.

For over 30 years, Mr. Stavola concentrated his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. He has also represented physicians before licensing boards. A frequent advisor on risk management and hospital liability matters, Mr. Stavola has lectured before hospital organizations, physician groups, insurance companies and medical societies, and his writings have appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Mr. Stavola is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of North Carolina and New York, 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 physicians to have immediate appeal in matters affecting statutory privileges.

Mr. Stavola had extensive experience in the trial of medical malpractice cases involving a wide range of medical specialties and has obtained many successful outcomes for health care providers in fields such as obstetrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, nursing, and pathology.

Mr. Stavola holds membership in various local and state bar associations and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. For well over two decades, Mr. Stavola has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest "AV" rating, and he is included in "The Best Lawyers in America," in the field of Medical Malpractice Law. He has also held positions on several private educational boards and fundraising committees.

As of 2016, Mr. Stavola has withdrawn from the active practice of law, to focus on mediation services and utilize his 37 years of litigation experience to assist parties in alternative dispute resolution. Away from the law, he enjoys cooking, tennis, and travel with his wife, Pat, and daughters, Stephanie and Alison.

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