Ann Kough


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Judge Kough joined JAMS following a distinguished 13-year career in the Los Angeles courts. During her final two years on the Superior Court, she was one of only six judges in the Complex Litigation pilot program where she was responsible for managing, trying, and otherwise resolving the most complicated multi-party civil matters. Judge Kough is a member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.

Case List

  • Arbitrator in multi-million dollar construction defect matter, including extensive discovery issues
  • Discovery referee for class action product liability lawsuit regarding dental bonding agent
  • Discovery referee for complex construction matter involving airport remodel
  • Discovery referee for toxic cleanup dispute between the City of Santa Monica and numerous oil companies regarding MTBE in groundwater
  • Discovery referee in multi-million dollar dispute over business interference involving major shopping malls
  • Discovery Referee in various matters involving contentious parties
  • Special master in federal court action involving television industry
  • Trial judge in consumer dispute over compliance with environmental laws concerning the transportation, storage, and loading of coal products in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, including extensive discovery issues
  • Trial judge in disputes over mold and other toxic substances allegedly found in large apartment complexes; cases involved extensive discovery issues
  • Special master in determination of application of attorney-client privilege to document produced and possible claw back of document

Honors Membership Awards

  • 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:
  • ABA Litigation Section Symposium, Real Estate Damages, 2010 
  • 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, 2000, 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles seminar, 1996, 1997
  • Barrister's Walk Thru Program, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 1997
  • California Judges' Association Annual Conference, 1993
  • Faculty, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, 1992-1998
  • Faculty, Continuing Judicial Studies Program, 1992-1996


  • 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, 1978
  • M.A., Sociology, California State University, Fullerton, 1977
  • B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA, 1973