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.
"This was another very tough case and Ann did a remarkable job on it. We thankful for her focus and diligence in getting it done. "
- Attorney on an Employment Whistleblower Wrongful Termination Matter
"Ann has great credibility as a defense firm trial lawyer. That definitely helps our evaluation of a potential verdict in the matter."
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Dispute
"Continued to work with all parties after our scheduled mediation to move us closer to resolution. Very knowledgeable. Very interested in our matter."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
"Understood the issues & worked hard to settle the case."
- Attorney on an Employment Discrimination and Wage & Hour 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
"Tenacious, patient, readily available & articulate."
- Attorney on a Public Policy Dispute
"Ms. Kotlarski was very patient and handled the communication between the parties very well that allowed the case to settle. She stuck with us after the mediation was over."
- Attorney on a Wage & Hour Class Action Dispute
"Ann has a great ability to use her experience as a former big law litigator to focus the parties on why early resolution often is the best outcome. "
- Partner in a National Law Firm
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