Our Judges and Associates

Judges Profiles

Karem Pete Karem
Edmund "Pete" Karem graduated second in his class from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1968. He was in private practice in the firm of Karem & Karem attorneys until 1983 when he was elected to the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mr. Karem concentrated in civil litigation at Karem & Karem and was managing partner of the firm from 1971 until his election to the Circuit Court. He was President of the Louisville Bar Association in 1980. He served as Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1976 - 1993. During 1986 - 1987 Judge Karem was Chief Judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court. In 1991 and 1992, Judge Karem was President of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Judges. Judge Karem returned to private practice in 1993 as a partner in the firm of Sitlinger, McGincy, Theiler & Karem, a civil trial firm. He took a leave of absence during 1995 when he was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals by the Governor to fill an unexpired term. In 2006, Mr. Karem left the Sitlinger firm to conduct a mediation and arbitration service called Karem Mediation. In April 2008 Judge Karem joined the Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitrations Services.
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Knopf Thomas J. Knopf
Judge Tom Knopf was a judge for over 25 years. He served 12 years as a District Judge and 15 years as a Circuit court judge in Louisville Kentucky. He was Chief Judge of both the Jefferson District and Circuit Courts. He is currently a partner with Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitration Services. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 2008 in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He has currently been nominated to be included in the Kentucky Super Lawyers magazine.
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Shake Ann O'Malley Shake
Ann O’Malley Shake began her legal career in 1982. Before law school she worked as a teacher in a Headstart program in Eastern Kentucky, so she is well familiar with childlike and difficult behavior and appropriate ways of working successfully with such challenges. She also worked as a social worker in a residential treatment facility where she developed keen active listening skills. As a lawyer, her practice was primarily business and commercial real estate matters, in addition to an 18 month stint as a prosecutor in drunk driving cases. A judge since 1990, she presided in every division of district court and has now spent more than 10 years in Circuit Court. She has presided over multiple personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate and decedent’s estate disputes, among others. In 2 years of mediating cases, she has mediated many, many personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate and decedent’s estate disputes which have resulted in settlements. What she enjoys most about mediating is spending (usually) 1 day with a case, and, at the end of the day, having the experience of relief by the parties and their lawyers when a difficult litigation matter is resolved. She will be honored to assist you and your client(s).
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RyanSteve Ryan
Judge Ryan has over thirty years of professional experience and twenty years of Judicial Experience. He has tried a variety of cases from fender benders to multi-million dollars products liability and numerous medical negligence cases. Judge Ryan is a graduate of the National Judicial College Mediation Program and significant experience in mediating cases.
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Shake James Shake
Judge James M. Shake served as Jefferson Circuit Court Judge for 24 years beginning March 1993. He was elected to three terms as Chief Circuit Judge in Jefferson County and Chief Regional Judge for the Metro Region, named Judge of the Year in 2003 by the Louisville Bar Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2007, and the Henry V. Pennington Outstanding Trial Judge by the Kentucky Justice Association in 2009. He is past President of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association and a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in judicial education. Judge Shake looks forward to offering his services and experience, enabling litigants to resolve disputes that might otherwise go before the Court or a jury.
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KoshewaAngela Koshewa
Angela Koshewa has become associated with Retired Judges and Associates after an active legal career of over 35 years, most of which has been in the public sector. Her practice included serving as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Thomas A. Ballantine, Jr. and to Chief Judge John P. Hayes of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. After a time in the private practice of corporate defense law, she spent several years as an attorney with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. She was then in-house counsel at the University of Louisville for over 23 years, the last 12 as General Counsel. Her experiences over these years and her formal training with the American Arbitration Association and Just Solutions in mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process have led to her association with the Retired Judges and Associates. She welcomes the opportunity to serve as a mediator.
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