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.
"Tenacious, patient, readily available & articulate."
- Attorney on a Public Policy Dispute
"Working hard following no resolution "at mediation" and ultimately getting a deal done."
- Attorney on an employment/discrimination wage & hour dispute
"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
"I think Ann Kotlarski is one of the best mediators I have worked with in my long career as an
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Sexual Assault case
"Ann Kotlarski is terrific. "
- Attorney on an Employment Hostile Environment case
"Being persistent and patient."
- Attorney on an Employment FMLA Dispute
"This was another very tough case and Ann did a remarkable job on it. We thankful for her focus and diligence in getting it done. "
- Attorney on an Employment Whistleblower Wrongful Termination Matter
"Continued to work with all parties after our scheduled mediation to move us closer to resolution. Very knowledgeable. Very interested in our matter."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
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