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.  At JAMS, the Judge frequently deals with disputes involving commercial and residential property transactions; including sales agent liability; land use and zoning issues; environmental-related claims; real property sales contracts; commercial lease disputes; homeowner association’s regulation of property rights, including the application of homeowner association’s covenants; and conditions and restrictions.  

Judge Annunziata'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

  • Disputes involving commercial and residential property transactions, including sales agent liability, land use and zoning issues, environmental-related claims, real property sales contracts, commercial lease disputes, homeowner association’s regulation of property rights,  including the application of homeowner association’s covenants, conditions and restrictions
  • Arbitrated breach of a commercial land development agreement, including claims for rescission, fraud, and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing
  • Member of 3-member arbitral panel arbitrating claim for release of purchaser’s deposit, including the unpaid portion of the deposit, based on purchaser’s failure to timely close on the property
  • Arbitrated complex property development and management dispute in involving land use and zoning issues, breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, and claim for lost profits after construction contract terminated
  • Arbitrated franchise agreement dispute in the telecommunication industry involving breach of contract, fraud and fraudulent inducement issues
  • Arbitrated the application of home owner’s association bylaws in dispute involving refusal to permit the implementation of homeowner’s building plans
  • Mediated claim against insurance carrier for losses incurred as a result for fire damage to residence
  • Selected as arbitrator in breach of teaming agreement involving waste disposal industry
  • Selected as arbitrator in dispute between national mortgage company and property owner regarding failure to properly administer the payoff of home mortgage loan 
  • 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



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