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.
"Ann Kotlarksi is an A-List Superstar. She comes to mediation very well prepared, knows the facts, knows the law, and uses the information to create an atmosphere that is conducive to getting cases settled. I highly recommend Ann. "
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment case
"We completed a mediation yesterday with Ann Kotlarski and wanted to let Judicate West know how pleased both my client and I were with her presentation and the handling of the issues. This was not a big dollar case however; my client was appreciative of her knowledge and expertise she brought to the proceedings."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination 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
"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
"Being persistent and patient."
- Attorney on an Employment FMLA Dispute
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