What others say about Judge Shake?
- Thank you for your kind wisdom.
- You truly put me at ease.
- Thank you so much! You were such a pleasure to work with.
- Thank you for your fair and unbiased mediation.
- I very much believe reaching a settlement was the correct business decision. I think you helped my clients save considerable time and money in the long run.
- You were great dealing with my dad’s estate. 2 1/2 years of litigation is/was more than enough. I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. You’re THE best!
- You are great at what you do and a class act. I was really a wreck because I really didn’t know what to expect but you made it so easy for me and I just want to say thanks again.
- Thank you for your patience, calmness and smile during the … mediation.
- Barry and I want to extend our gratitude for the work you did to mediate our case. You were kind, honest, respectful and fair.
- I just wanted to tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to work with you on the mediation a few weeks ago. While those situations are not always pleasant, you were patient, reasonable and so gracious. You set such a fine example…
- Thank you for your great work.
- You were so very diligent and helpful.
Ann O’Malley Shake began her legal career in 1982. Her practice was primarily business and commercial real estate litigation matters. Elected District Judge in 1989, she presided in every division of district court, including 2 years exclusively in Probate Court. Appointed and then elected to Circuit Court in 1998, she served there for 12 years. Finally she was honored to serve as Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals for the final 18 months of her judicial service.
She presided over multiple personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate, employment and contentious probate cases, among others.
In her years of mediating cases (since February, 2007), she has mediated many workplace, personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate and probate disputes. She has had great success in bringing cases to settlement. What she enjoys most about mediating is witnessing the relief of the parties and their lawyers when a difficult litigation matter is resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all sides. She will be honored to assist you and your client(s).
Having A Family Business Dispute? You Should Consider A Mediator.
Running a business with family members can be difficult. When done right though, it can be an extremely rewarding path. Those who make it work, and even thrive in it, should be commended. Some people would never dream of starting a business with siblings or other family members, because they just do not get along well enough. Even for those who get along well and run a successful business together, there is bound to be conflict at times, and sometimes it seems like a stalemate.
Sometimes the roots of the tension run really deep, because you know each other so well and have a lot of experience. In the case of siblings or parents, you have probably known them your entire life, and you are comfortable with disagreeing. What can make family business difficult are sometimes non-business, family conflicts from the past or present seep into the business interactions with serious negative effect. Sometimes things seem to spiral out of control and resolution seems impossible. The important thing is to not give up and remember that there is a solution.
One of the first steps toward resolution of a family business dispute is recognizing that conflict is inevitable and natural. It is easy to slip into feeling like it is just you and your family, and you just cannot get along or make things work. Maybe you have more conflict than average, but maybe you do not. All families have conflict and all business associates do as well. When you operate a business as a family, you have to deal with both. Do not believe the myth that it cannot be done (and done really well), because so many people do it.
With family, it can be easy to get hung up on certain things and lose sight of the big picture. Often the key is to look at the situation objectively from the outside, but that can be really difficult when you are caught in the gridlock yourself. Sometimes you just need some help from a third party.
Using a Mediator
That is where a mediator comes in. Mediators offer the service of listening to both sides, assessing the situation, and then helping both parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement. One of the advantages of using a mediator is they are unbiased and can look at the situation objectively. They are not blinded by the family drama, as tends to happen to any of us when we're in heated arguments. Mediators can act as the objective voice of reason.
Having a mediator involved in finding a solution does a lot to help it last. When two parties (or more) are in disagreement, and they make a deal on their own, it is easy for one or more parties to feel taken advantage of. When you let a mediator help with the resolution, it helps everyone feel more comfortable because they can remember that an outside professional thought the compromise was fair.
If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky area and looking for a mediator, you should consider Ann O'Malley Shake. She has been serving the area for years and began her legal career in 1982. She started with real estate litigation matters and was elected judge in 1989. After serving in the District Court, she was elected to the Circuit Court in 1998 and served there for 10 years. She concluded her time as a judge with 18 months of service on the Circuit Court of Appeals. Since 2007, she has provided professional mediation services in a wide variety of cases, including workplace and business disputes.
Louisville KY Mediator
RETIRED, SENIOR STATUS, CONCLUDING WITH 18 MONTHS SERVICE ON THE KENTUCKY COURT OF APPEALS
01/01/2007 – 02/2012
JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT, DIVISION 13
05/12/1998 – 12/31/2006
JEFFERSON DISTRICT COURT
01/01/1990 - 05/11/1998
I am writing to thank you once again for all of your great assistance in helping us to resolve the above referenced case. We could not have done it without you. Thank you very much for your service rendered. We look forward to working with you on other cases in the future.
Barry and I want to extend our gratitude for the work you did to mediate our case on November 1st. You were kind, honest, respectful and fair. It was an extremely stressful life event and we are very thankful for your role.
Barry & Jady
Thank you for your patience, calmness and smile during the mediations on 3/23/2017. It was a pleasure to meet you and wonderful to work with you from 8am-7pm. All the best.
I would like to say thank you for making my day at office so much better than I thought. It would be. First you are great at what you do and a class act. I was really a wreck because I really didn't know what to except but years made it so easy for me and I just want to say thanks again. I hope we meet again someday but for a different reason.
You were great dealing with my dad's estate. 2 1/2 years of litigations is/was more than enough. I finally see a light at an end of a tunnel. You are the best. Sincerely, Kevin
I just wanted to tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to work with you on the mediation a few weeks ago. While those situations are not always pleasant, you were patient, reasonable and gracious. You such a fine example not only for woman but for all. I hope we meet again.
Thank you again for serving as the mediator in this matter, while my clients and I were frustrated by opposing counsel's apparent lack of preparation and attention to this case, I very much believe that reaching a settlement was the correct business decision. I think you helped my clients save considerable time and money in the long run. Sincerely