David Kowalski

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Madison, WI

Kowalski Family Law LLC
 | 725 Heartland Trail, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: 608-709-5000
Fax: 888-296-0193
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Attorney David Kowalski is the founder of Kowalski Family Law in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Kowalski works with matters involving divorce, child support, cohabitation disputes, restraining orders and other family law issues. He represents clients in Madison and the surrounding counties in litigation, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.

After graduating from Rutgers University, Mr. Kowalski worked in New York City at various legal firms before earning his law degree from Marquette University Law School. He has been licensed to practice in Wisconsin since 2007 and has been certified in collaborative family law from the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin.

Committed to professional education, Mr. Kowalski has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has given lectures and presentations for various legal groups including the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has also authored articles published in a variety of publications. In 2010, he attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers community property symposium in Seattle as Wisconsin's representative.

Active in his professional community, Mr. Kowalski belongs to the Dane County Bar Association and has served as a board member for the group's technology, courthouse, and delivery of legal services committees.  From 2011-2017, he was a board member for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Children & the Law Section, and now serves as a board member for the Family Law Section. He has also served as a board member for the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Office of Lawyer Regulation.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

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About David Kowalski

Admitted: 2007, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.kowalskifamilylaw.com/attorney-david-kowalski-law...

Honors/Awards:

  • Wisconsin’s Representative to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Community Property Symposium in Seattle, 2010
  • Superlawyers is a peer reviewed organization., Rising Star by Superlawyers, Superlawyers, 2017
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Rising Star by Superlawyers, 2015
  • Superlawyers is a peer-reviewed organization., Rising Star by Superlawyers, Superlawyers, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Trained and Certified in Collaborative Family Law, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board member, Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin, Office of Lawyer Regulation, 2015
  • Board member, Dane County Bar Association Technology Committee, 2015
  • Board member, State Bar of Wisconsin Children and the Law Section, 2011
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Dane County Bar Association, 2007
  • Board member, State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, 2017

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • YMCA youth basketball coach, 2007

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Family Law, Adjunct professor, University of Wisconsin law school, 2019
  • Equal placement, author, Deja-vu All Over Again: Equal Placement Bill Before the Assembly, , Children and the Law News, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2013
  • Business valuation, Speaker, Business valuation at divorce, WI State Bar, 2018
  • Author, What is "Legal Custody?", Children and the Law News, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2012
  • Author, Certification of Batterer's Treatment Programs and Providers Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 767.41, Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, 2009
  • Author, Cooperative Law: Making Divorce More Civil, Wisconsin Woman, 2008
  • Author, Cooperative divorce seeks to avoid damaging tactics, Wisconsin Law Journal, Wisconsin State Bar, 2008
  • Speaker-Chair, Determining Business Income and Valuation at Divorce, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2010
  • ADHD and custody of children, Speaker, Addressing Needs of Children with ADHD in a Custody and Placement Study, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2011
  • Author, The Ultimate Family Law Dream Team: Teaming up with Your Legal Staff to Get the Job Done, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2004
  • Business valuation, Speaker, Valuation and Disposition Strategies in a Changing Economy, American Association Of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010
  • Financial issues in starting a Law Firm, Speaker, Money Matters-How Much Does It Take to Start a Law Firm?, WI State Bar, 2016
  • Social media evidence, Speaker, The Rules of Evidence Apply in Family Law-Use of Social Media., WI State Bar, 2016
  • Non-traditional families, guardianships, grandparent rights, Speaker, Non-traditional families, guardianships, grandparent rights, WI State Bar, 2018
  • Lawyer Wellness: , Speaker, Keep your peace while it all goes to pieces, WI State Bar, 2018
  • Guardian ad litem roundtable, Speaker, Guardian ad litem roundtable, WI State Bar, 2018
  • Guardian ad litem litigation, Speaker, Litigating Your Case: Children's Court Nuts and Bolts for Guardians ad Litem, WI State Bar, 2013
  • Author, Rush to Relocate: Are Presumptions in Favor of a Relocating Parent Really in the Child's Best Interests?, American Journal of Family Law, 2008
  •  Family law, Criminal law, and Legal research, Adjunct professor, Globe University
  • Prenups and postnups, Speaker, Drafting and Challenging Marital Property Agreements, WI State Bar, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Completed divorce settlement involving estate of $4-5 million, six real estate properties, two substantial family business holdings, and allocation of unusual and lucrative personal property collection., 2018
  • Successfully defended against an appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals of divorce judgment involving $1 million+ of inherited assets, and total marital estate of several million dollars and substantial real estate.   The Court of Appeals upheld the trial court's award of formerly inherited property and considerable assets to our client. , 2018

Transactions:

  • Drafted marital property agreement to protect substantial shares of closely held business stock., 2017

Representative Clients:

  • Resolution and subsequent continuation of highly-contested child custody case involving allegations of domestic abuse, previous international child abduction, and substantial litigation over interstate jurisdictional dispute through the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act., 2019
  • Successfully defended appeal to Wisconsin Court of Appeals challenging award of substantial child placement to our client based on issues of grandparent visitation, maximization of placement, and domestic abuse., 2014
  • Resolution and subsequent continuation of highly-contested child custody case involving allegations of domestic abuse, previous international child abduction, and substantial litigation over interstate jurisdictional dispute through the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act., 2019

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, B.A. in politics, Honors: With Honors, 1996

Industry Groups

  • Collaborative Family Law Council Of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar Of Wisconsin

Comments

  • “David offers his services to a wide array of clients and is dedicated to effective and efficient representation.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for David Kowalski

725 Heartland Trail
Suite 100
Madison, WI 53717

Phone: 608-709-5000

Fax: 888-296-0193

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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