ANN KOTLARSKI, ESQ.

  • Available in Southern California, All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

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."

Specialties

Testimonials

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 have been incredibly impressed with Ann. She has worked tirelessly to get each of the cases we have mediated with her settled. I have never seen a mediator work as hard as Ann to settle a case. Not only did she take the time to know the facts and the law of each case, but she also took the time to get to know our clients and make them feel comfortable with the process. Our clients were extremely happy with the results and impressed with Ann's hard work. I would not hesitate to use Ann again.
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination dispute

My experience with Ann has been nothing short of spectacular. I have never met a mediator as caring and thoughtful as her. She is sensitive to the views of all parties involved as well as the facts of the case, but can be really tough when pushing all parties to resolve the matter
- Attorney on an employment dispute

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Mediator/Arbitrator, Judicate West (2016-Present)
  • Mediator/Arbitrator, Ann Kotlarski Mediation (2015)
  • Partner, Payne & Fears, LLP (2016)
  • Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP (2013-2015)
  • Partner, Seyfarth Shaw (2003-2013)
  • Director, Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (2001-2003)
  • Lamb and Baute, LLP (2000-2001)
  • Of Counsel, Yuhl, Rhames, Yul & St. Clair (1997-1999)
  • Partner, Quinn Emanuel (1995-1997), Litigation Associate, (1991-1995)
  • Whitman, Breed, Abbot & Morgan (1987-1991)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, cum laude (1985)
  • B. A., Northwestern University (1982)
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court CRASH Program
  • Formal dispute resolution training at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, including Mediating the Litigated Case, Women's Negotiation Academy, and Resolving Workplace Disputes Through Mediation and Other ADR Processes

Achievements & Awards

  • The Current State of Affairs: Best Practices and Pitfalls In Negotiating Employment Law Disputes in Mediation, Southern California Mediation Association 2016 Employment Mediation Institute, May 19, 2016
  • Valuation of Discrimination/Retaliation Cases In Mediation: A 360 Perspective, 2016 LACBA Labor and Employment Symposium, March 9, 2016
  • Managing Leaves of Absence and Accommodations in California: An Essential Guide for In-House Employment and Corporate Counsel, Celesque for Westlaw, February 1, 2016
  • Arbitrating in 2016: New Cases, Rules, Challenges and Opportunities, Judicate West Program, January 28, 2016
  • HR Investigation Workshop: A Guide to Legal and Effective Inquiries, Business Management Daily, January 16, 2016

Hobbies & Interests

Ann enjoys gardening, baking, hiking, yoga, reading, painting and interior design.

Legal Experience

  • All types of Employment related matters
  • Class action
  • Business/contractual

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Breach Of Privacy

  • Mediated dispute brought by applicant against a prospective law firm employer for allegedly conducting an illegal background search and invasion of privacy.

Contractual

  • Mediated commercial dispute involving a major financial institution where a co-signer sought declaratory relief from payment of loans allegedly procured as a result of identity theft pertaining to the co-signer
  • Mediated dispute involving major telecommunications provider for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by allegedly using an automated telephone dialing system.

Employment

A D A

  • Mediated claims asserted by a high level executive for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, age discrimination, violation of Labor Code Section 970 and wrongful termination where the executive was not returned to his prior position or provided with another available position for which he was qualified following his diagnosis and treatment for a life threatening medical condition.

Discrimination

  • Mediated sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims based upon comments made by multiple male defendants. Plaintiff asserted the termination of her employment was due to complaining about the alleged harassment and requesting time off in connection with an unrelated matter.

EWT and Discrimination

  • Mediated dispute involving national healthcare provider's termination of emotionally disabled employee for attendance related issues.

Labor Code

  • Mediated wage and hour dispute involving claims for failure to pay overtime, provide meal periods and rest breaks, provide itemized wage statements and waiting time penalties as well as FEHA claims for race and national origin discrimination.

Wage and Hour

  • Mediated and resolved contentious matter by long term disabled employee alleging claims for wrongful termination, failure to accommodate and failure to adequately engage in the interactive process.

Wrongful Termination

  • Mediated dispute involving claims for religious discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination asserted against a telecommunications company stemming from plaintiff's complaints about cyberstalking by a co-worker.
  • Mediated multiple plaintiff dispute involving claims for disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination brought against an entertainment company.
  • Mediated dispute brought by a current employee who was injured on the job against a transportation and logistics company for failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination.

Tort

A.D.A Act

  • Mediated commercial dispute involving major financial institution against whom claims pertaining to failure to abide by consumer protection regulations were alleged.
  • Mediated ADA access claims involving paraplegic consumer who was unable to gain access to a retail establishment.
  • Mediated ADA access claims involving seriously disabled customer who encountered various access barriers.

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation

Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation