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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.


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 served as an arbitrator and judicial reference on a wide variety of business/commercial disputes, using her experience as a judge and a neutral to resolves cases efficiently and fairly.

Representative Arbitrations 

  • Breach of Contract
    • 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
    • Contract dispute over interior design services involving more than $800,000
    • Court reference in matter involving private equity investment in designer closet company
    • Discovery referee in multi-million-dollar dispute over business interference involving major shopping malls
    • Matter involving breach of contract claims over physician services
    • Matter involving breach of contract issues over payment of medical claims
  • Consumer
    • Consumer collection dispute between individual and credit card company
    • Consumer dispute involving auto loan
    • Dispute between individual and credit company involving consumer lemon law
  • Fee Dispute
    • Dispute between law firm suing for unpaid legal fees and defendant corporation that claimed retainer agreement was void and fees were excessive
    • 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
    • Matter involving alleged failure to pay professional accounting fees
  • Partnership
    • Dispute between partners over handling of partnership
    • Law firm partnership dispute over $350,000 that involved breach of contract 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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