Rosemarie Annunziata

Hon. Rosemarie Annunziata (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Naomi Hutchinson
T: 202.533.2034
F: 202.942.9186
1155 F Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, D.C. 20004


Hon. Rosemarie Annunziata (Ret.) brings to JAMS over 35 years of distinguished service from the trial and appellate bench as well as the private practice of law as a civil law litigator. Her experience encompasses virtually every substantive area of the law as well as the settlement dynamics that necessarily come into play prior to trial. As a JAMS neutral, she has been selected to serve throughout the District of Columbia metropolitan area in complex commercial, business, and employment matters, as well as in consumer-related, divorce, and health care industry matters. Her reputation for integrity, fairness, judgment, and common sense is well-known.  She works collaboratively with the parties and counsel in mediation to facilitate settlement and shares evaluative observations as the dispute requires.  In arbitration, Judge Annunziata provides timely case management of the case’s procedural and substantive issues, including resolution of arbitrabiity questions, discovery disputes, and pre-hearing motions. Her written awards reflect careful legal analysis and clear, reasoned decisions.

Representative Matters

  • Disputes involving sale of commercial products, personal services, and franchises
  • Chaired three-member panel arbitral panel in an ICC case involving a multi-million   dollar commercial sales and product defect dispute in the computer industry
  • Arbitrated the post-merger construction of the parties’ contract as it related to the proper application of an agreed compensation plan for services in the printing and publication industry
  • Arbitrated dispute between franchisor and franchisee involving claims of unfair competition and fraud
  • Arbitrated dispute between sports complex and season ticket holder involving claims of misrepresentation and false advertising
  • Mediated breach of contract claim between art gallery and nonprofit provider of traveling art exhibit services
  • Selected as mediator of claim involving breach of joint marketing agreement between cable services provider and owner of residential community for the provision of TV/Internet service
  • Mediated shareholders’ dispute with private golf club regarding the proper evaluation of the price per member’s share and violation of shareholders preemptive rights
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Chair Civil Service Commission Counsel, Fairfax County, 2005 to Present
  • Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Publications Board, 2008- 2010
  • Vice Chair, Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994-2000; Member, 2004-2014
  • Member, International Association of Women Judges, Board of Managerial Trustees, 2002 to Present
  • Author and lecturer on a wide variety of topics, including best practices in mediation and e-discovery in arbitration
    • Member of panel on Best Practices in Mediation at the Virginia Mediation Network 2014 annual conference
    • Member of panel on Mediator Best Practices: What the Marketplace Wants, Virginia ADR Joint Committee Northern Virginia Regional Meeting, 2009
    • Member of panel on Gender Differences in Mediation, ABA/ADR Annual Conference, 2008
  • Member, Fairfax County Planning Commission, 1981-89
  • Hearing officer, Virginia Department of Education, 1979 to 1982
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, 2005 to Present
  • Senior Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1995-2004, 2006-2015
  • Judge, Fairfax County Circuit Court, VA, 1989-1995
  • Medical Malpractice Review Panel, 1989-1995
  • Of Counsel in Land Use and Development, Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin, Washington, D.C., 1986-1989
  • Partner, Cremins, Snead & Annunziata, Fairfax, VA, 1984-1986
  • Attorney, Hall, Surovell, Jackson and Colten, Fairfax, VA, 1981-1984
  • Fairfax County Planning Commission, 1981-1986
  • Hearing Officer for Special Education Appeals, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1979-1986
  • J.D., The American University, Washington School of Law, 1978
  • M.A., Yale University, 1967
  • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, 1962; Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1960-1961

Counsel Comments

    • “Judge Annunziata is one of our most talented and intellectual jurists; ...her integrity and application of the law in an objective and evenhanded fashion is beyond reproach.”

      - Virginia Attorney
    • “This judge is superb in her abilities, handling of cases, treatment of people [and] commitment to the law...”

      - Virginia Litigation Attorney
    • “[A] compassionate, professional and skillful individual.” “... [W]ell prepared and works hard...” “[O]ne of my favorite judges for complex cases.”

      - Virginia Litigation Attorney
    • “Her integrity and application of the law in an objective and evenhanded fashion [in this arbitration] is beyond reproach.”

      - Virginia Litigation Attorney



Practice Areas


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