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.
"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
"Ms. Kotlarski was candid, but in a way that was diplomatic. Her honesty gave her credibility with our client and her background in defense helped our client understand issues he was focused on."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment Matter
"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
"Understood the issues & worked hard to settle the case."
- Attorney on an Employment Discrimination and Wage & Hour Dispute
"Tenacious, patient, readily available & articulate."
- Attorney on a Public Policy Dispute
"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
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