After 30 years as a successful employment and business/commercial trial lawyer, Ann brings her wealth of experience and skills to JW to serve as an arbitrator and mediator. In her 3 decades as an associate, partner and rainmaker she has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of cases and implemented many in house ADR programs for clients.
In practice, she earned the respect of her clients, colleagues and opposing counsel for her philosophy of limited discovery with a goal towards early resolution. As a result, she was often asked to give presentations in conflict avoidance and serve as a neutral fact finder. Ann states "I understand the emotional dynamics of conflict for both sides. One of my goals as a mediator is to create an atmosphere of frank and open communication between the parties, demonstrating active listening and remaining courteous at all times. In addition, arbitration plays an important role in the finality of cases, as an arbitrator I help the parties narrow down the issues to a point where resolution may be possible."
One plaintiff attorney stated, "Ann has a down to earth mediation style; during session we appreciated her experience and feedback and most of all her tenacity."
Ann enjoys gardening, baking, hiking, yoga, reading, painting and interior design.
"Ann understood my client and acted accordingly. Ann was intuitive and insightful in dealing with a client who did not want to settle."
- Attorney on an Employment PAGA matter
"You could not have had a better connection with [my client], and it sounds like that was true with the plaintiff as well. You showed patience, empathy and, of course, great humor."
- Attorney on an employment wage & hour dispute
"She had excellent knowledge of the law and practical experience. This helped my client understand the realities of litigating vs. settlement."
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Dispute
"Being persistent and patient."
- Attorney on an Employment FMLA Dispute
"Ann is a top-tier mediator from my perspective. She has a knowledgeable and calming presence, and is persuasive on both sides, while remaining respectful."
- Attorney on an Employment Disability matter
"Ann went the extra mile for my client. She uses her extensive and practical knowledge of the law to compliment her approach to get the job done."
- Attorney on an Employment/Wrongful Termination dispute
"Working hard following no resolution "at mediation" and ultimately getting a deal done."
- Attorney on an employment/discrimination wage & hour dispute
"We completed a mediation yesterday with Ann Kotlarski and wanted to let Judicate West know how pleased both my client and I were with her presentation and the handling of the issues. This was not a big dollar case however; my client was appreciative of her knowledge and expertise she brought to the proceedings."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
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