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."
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.
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.
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.
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.