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Rosemarie Annunziata

Hon. Rosemarie Annunziata (Ret.)

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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 health care practice includes disputes involving medical malpractice and wrongful death claims against individual health care providers and institutions in a variety of medical specialties, including neurology, obstetrics, gastroenterology, neonatology, as well as claims based on the denial of insurance coverage, violations of physician recruiting and licensing agreements, and claims based on discrimination.

The Judge's 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

  • Mediated wrongful death claim based on failure to exercise reasonable care in performing colonoscopy in patient suffering a complicating unrelated health issue
  • Mediated wrongful death claim involving the proper diagnosis and treatment by nurses and physician treatment in the care of a new born diagnosed with jaundice
  • Mediated breach of insurance contract to pay workers compensation claims and waiver of certain defenses under the contract
  • Mediated multiple automobile liability cases
  • Arbitrated the distribution of a stipulated fund to compensate multiple victims of automobile accident
  • Arbitrated the distribution of settlement award in asbestos cases
  • Selected as arbitrator in hospitals’ alleged breach of health care recruiting contract for physician services to be provided to hospital and physician’s claims of discrimination based on national origin
  • Selected as arbitrator in dispute involving carrier’s alleged denial of disability insurance coverage for claims filed by medical care provider
  • Selected as arbitrator in dispute involving carrier’s denial of health insurance coverage under insurance agreement with medical care provider

Comments from counsel

  • “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
  • 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

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