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