Skilled, highly experienced



For Resolution of High Conflict Cases

Joseph Bluth's "High Conflict Mediation and Arbitration" practice evolved from his experience as a trial lawyer and managing partner in the former law firm of Manahan & Bluth Law Office, Chartered*, a professional corporation founded in 1972 in Mankato, Minnesota.  He now focuses exclusively on providing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, which includes mediation, arbitration and both private and court appointment as a neutral in sensitive divorce, custody and family law matters.  He also provides ADR services in civil and administrative law cases involving discrimination, professional licensing complaints, and real estate disputes.  He is available to assist families who have a parent or child coping with personal injury, wrongful death or tort claims, whether they already have counsel or are seeking representation. 

Mr. Bluth has extensive experience in handling high conflict  family law  matters, as well as complex civil, criminal and professional licensing/disciplinary cases, that often involve claims of sexual, emotional or physical abuse, parental alienation, alcoholism/addiction, and mental or physical disabilities.  He is seasoned in working with families impacted by military careers, relocation (i.e. moves to or from different states or countries) and issues involving sexual orientation.  Combined with advanced training in the various methods of ADR, Mr. Bluth now uses his skills as a qualified neutral, social Early Neutral Evaluator (ENE) and collaborative law neutral to work with families, legal counsel, healthcare providers and advocates, in resolving these difficult cases.

Serving clients throughout southern Minnesota and the southwestern metro/Minnetonka Lake area of the Twin Cities, Mr. Bluth's "High Conflict Mediation and Arbitration Services" firm is adept at using advanced technology and communications in a cost-effective manner.

  • Custody, Parenting Plans and Parenting Time Schedule disputes

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) relationship dissolutions and custody/parenting Disputes

  • International/Out-of-State Relocation, Military, Business and Career, Sexual Orientation or Multicultural family and custody stressors

  • family disputes impacted by Disability, Mental Illness, Addiction, Emotional Abuse or Instability

  • relationships and parenting mpacted by Orders For Protection (OFP), Abuse/Domestic Violence and Supervised/Monitored Parenting Time disputes

  • Grandparent, Relative, Step-parent and Significant Other relationships with Child

  • Unmarried Couple's division of Business, Property and Partition of Real Estate

  • Relationship and Marriage Mediation, Prenuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

  • Family disputes over Blended Family

  • divorce, custody and family dispute coaching

  • Eldercare and family decisions regarding Probate

  • Family Shared Real Property disputes (i.e. farm, cabin, parental homestead or family business)

  • professional licensing and disciplinary concerns (doctors, nurses, teachers, realtors, accountants, etc.)

  •  construction disputes - residential and commercial

  • discrimination and harassment claims

  • Assistance a parent or child's  INJURY or WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT

  • Available to mediate or arbitrate parental or family disagreement impacting a child or family member's Lawsuit or Settlement


Mr. Bluth has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, which previously honored him with recognition as being one of Minnesota's Top 25 Family Lawyers.  He has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Super Lawyers publication and rating service every year since 2003.





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*formerly known as Manahan & Bluth Law Office, Chartered (note - all email addresses are automatically forwarded to the




Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice


Certified Arbitrator and Collaborative Family Law Lawyer by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


ALI-ABA trained State and Federal Special Master/ Consensual Special Magistrate


• Early Neutral Evaluations (Social - Custody)


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes are alternative methods to help people resolve legal problems before going to court.