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Ann Kough

Hon. Ann Kough (Ret.)

JAMS Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Christina Lee
T: 213-253-9732
F: 213-620-0100
555 West 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Ann Kough is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Ann Kough (Ret.) most recently served in the Los Angeles County Superior Court as one of seven complex litigation judges and earned a reputation for fairness, efficiency, and thoroughness in handling the most difficult and contentious cases.

Since joining JAMS, Judge Kough has arbitrated a wide range of disputes that span a broad spectrum of legal issues across several industries. She is able to draw on her experience to craft fair and well-reasoned awards.

Judge Kough is also an experienced special master and discovery referee who brings in-depth and hands-on knowledge to managing cases and is able to provide litigators, their clients, and the courts with the expertise needed to quickly and efficiently resolve cases.

Representative Matters

  • Experienced handling arbitrations in wide variety of industries and practice areas
  • Arbitrator on dozens of disputes involving business and commercial matters, including breach of contract, fee dispute, consumer, partnership dissolution, and other issues
Construction Defect
  • Arbitrated construction defect matter involving 100 homeowner claimants in residential development
  • Arbitrator on dispute involving individual suing former employer for retaliation after being terminated for allegedly refusing to engage in several unsafe practices
  • Arbitrated discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination disputes between individuals and former employers
  • Dispute between doctors over contract to develop sleep disorder treatment clinics
  • Special Master in Celador v. Disney, dispute over revenue from TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Monitored expert depositions, heard and made recommendations on witness exclusion motions and Daubert motions
  • Arbitrator in dispute over merchandising rights of successful motion picture series
  • Arbitrator in dispute over creative control of reality TV series


  • Experience as discovery referee and trial judge on variety of environmental issues, including contaminated groundwater, toxic torts, asbestos, mold, compliance with environmental laws regarding cigar smoke, and transportation, loading, and storage of coal products

Health Care

  • Arbitrator and discovery referee on health care matters that include issues such as insurance coverage, hospital reimbursement, doctor partnership dissolution, and sale of medical equipment and facilities


  • Referee on commercial insurance dispute involving bad faith claim
  • Experience as trial judge on complex insurance cases stemming from 1994 Northridge earthquake

Personal Injury

  • Arbitrator for dispute involving claims of alleged injury-causing hazardous conditions at Native American tribal casino

Professional Liability

  • Arbitrated malpractice claims filed against law firm
  • Medical malpractice arbitrations involving large health care provider

Special Master/Discovery Referee

  • Business interference matters involving several large competing shopping centers with e-discovery issues such as metadata, search parameters, shadow hard drives, computer experts, and allocation of costs
  • Experienced with court reference matters that have included product liability, construction, real estate, environmental, entertainment, and general business issues
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Distinguished Service Award, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 1997
  • Member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters, 2006-present
  • Member, California Judges Association (Executive Board Member, 1995-1997), 1989-present
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges (Chair, 2000 Annual Conference Committee), 1989-present
  • Frequent speaker at numerous legal seminars, including:
    • Los Angeles County Bar Environmental Law Super Symposium, 2005
    • ABA Corporate Counsel Section Seminar, 2002
    • West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar, 2001
    • Women's Forum Focus, 1995 and 2000
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles seminar, 1996 and 1997
    • Barrister's Walk Thru Program, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 1997
    • California Judges Association Annual Conference, 1993
    • Frequent speaker on ADR issues, California Judges Association’s Retired Judges Conference
  • Judge, Superior Court (Complex Litigation program and “fast track” civil), 1997-2002
  • Judge, Municipal Court, Los Angeles Judicial District, 1989-1997
  • General Counsel, Pacific Triangle Management Corporation, 1986-1988
  • Partner, O'Loughlin, Kough & Katz, 1983-1986
  • Associate, Loeb & Loeb LLP, 1982-1983
  • Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles, 1979-1982
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • M.A., Sociology, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA




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