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


Judge Kough joined JAMS following a distinguished 13-year career on the bench. During her final two years with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, she was one of seven judges in the Complex Litigation pilot program where she was responsible for managing, trying, and otherwise resolving the most complicated multi-party civil matters. Since joining JAMS, Judge Kough has presided over arbitrations in a variety of areas, using her experience as a judge and a neutral to craft balanced awards.

Representative Arbitrations 

  • Business/Commercial
    • Breach of contract arbitration involving consulting agreement
    • Breach of contract matter involving dental practice
    • Breach of contract, fraud, and promissory estoppel dispute between medical doctor and surgical center involving more than $1 million in damages
    • Claim for breach of commercial lease
    • Commercial dispute involving unfair competition and violation of previous settlement agreement
    • Commercial lease dispute involving composite manufacturing company
    • Consumer collection dispute between individual and credit card company
    • Consumer dispute involving auto loan
    • Contract dispute over interior design services involving more than $800,000
    • Dispute between individual and credit company involving consumer lemon law
    • Dispute between law firm suing for unpaid legal fees and defendant corporation that claimed retainer agreement was void and fees were excessive
    • Dispute between multi-level-marketing company and individuals involving royalty payments from sale of nutrition products
    • Dispute between partners over handling of partnership
    • Dispute in which law firm sought to recover more than $135,000 in unpaid fees and costs
    • Dispute involving individual who accused investment manager and firm of fraud and mismanagement
    • Dispute involving personal guarantee of attorneys’ fees
    • Dispute over alleged nonpayment of fees
    • Law firm partnership dispute over $350,000 that involved breach of contract issues
    • Matter involving alleged failure to pay professional accounting fees
    • Matter involving breach of contract claims over physician services
    • Matter involving breach of contract issues over payment of medical claims
  • Construction Defect
    • Construction defect arbitration involving 100 homeowner claimants in residential development
  • Employment
    • Discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination disputes between individuals and former employers
    • Employment dispute involving individual suing former employer for retaliation after being terminated for allegedly refusing to engage in several unsafe practices
  • Health Care
    • Claims against insurance providers over medical benefits for treatment
    • Contract dispute over sale of medical facilities and equipment
    • Insurance coverage disputes involving eating disorder treatments
    • Matter involving health care insurance provider’s alleged failure to reimburse claimants for overpayments of $660,000
    • Reimbursement claims between hospitals
    • Reimbursement dispute between health care provider network and hospital
  • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Matter involving claims of alleged hazardous conditions leading to injuries at Native American tribal casino
  • Professional Liability
    • Malpractice claims filed against law firm
    • Medical malpractice claims filed against large health care provider
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM), 2006-2020
  • Member, California Judges Association (CJA)(Executive Board Member 1995-1997), 1989-2022
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)(Chair, 2000 Annual Conference Committee), 1989-2022
  • Author, “Judicial References,” California Lawyer magazine, August 2013
  • Author, “Volunteer Vacations,” The Bench magazine, Summer 2006
  • Co-Author, “Judicial Reference: A Forgotten Tool,” The Recorder, October 7, 2013
  • Author, “The Uses of Arbitration/Judicial Reference in Complex Healthcare Litigation,” Health Care Matters, Fall 2017
  • Panelist, “Learning From the Masters: How to Manage and Settle Your Complex Cases,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, October 15, 2013
  • 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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