Meet The Team
Ronald E. Kowalski II
Ronald E. Kowalski II has been a partner at Cacace, Tusch & Santagata since 2000, focusing primarily on property valuation and municipal property tax appeals. He is listed in the Who’s Who in American Law, and has attained an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. A former Special Master in tax appeal cases in the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District, Mr. Kowalski frequently writes, speaks and teaches on the topic of real estate valuation.
Litigation Suffolk University Law School, 1991 Honors: Suffolk University Law School Moot Court Fairfield University, 1988
Areas of Practice
J.D. with Honors: Cum Laude
Executive Board Member, 1990-1991
Staff Member, 1989-1990
B.A. in Politics and Fine Arts
Suffolk University Law School, 1991
Honors: Suffolk University Law School Moot Court
Fairfield University, 1988
Connecticut, 1991 U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1992 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1999 U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1999 AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell® Listed in Who’s Who in American Law American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law, 1990
Press, Honors & Awards
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1992
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1999
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1999
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®
Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law, 1990
Ronald Kowalski joined Cacace, Tusch & Santagata in 1994, and has been a partner since 2000. He holds a B.A. (1988, Politics and Fine Arts double major) from Fairfield University; a J.D. (1991, cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School; and is admitted to practice before Connecticut’s state courts, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.
The primary focus of his practice is municipal property tax appeals. His civil litigation practice includes affordable housing appeals, zoning appeals, condemnation cases, foreclosures, and lease and other contract-related litigation. Mr. Kowalski regularly appears before state and federal courts and local administrative boards. From 2003 to 2010 he served as a Special Master in tax appeal cases in the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District.
In 1990, Mr. Kowalski was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in Administrative Law. He was also on the Suffolk University Law School Moot Court Board, and served as law clerk to the Hon. William J. Lavery in the Connecticut Appellate Court during the 1991-1992 term.
Mr. Kowalski has attained the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®. “AV Preeminent” is the highest possible rating, signifying very high to preeminent legal ability and integrity, and is awarded based on confidential survey responses from other practicing attorneys.
He has also been a panelist in programs on issues including property revaluation, condemnation, government and politics. In 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012, Mr. Kowalski was Program Speaker and Chair for a Connecticut Bar Association seminar titled “Real Estate Tax Appeals in Connecticut – Practical Perspectives.” In 2006, he spoke on “Significant Cases in Connecticut Assessment Practice” at the Connecticut Appraisers Education Expo, sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and Connecticut Real Estate Appraisal Education Foundation. He has contributed several articles on Real Estate Tax Appeals to The New England Real Estate Journal. He recently appeared on The Exchange with David Smith on WICC AM 600 (Bridgeport) to discuss valuation and tax appeal issues. In 2014 he attended the Appraisal Institute’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, and presented “Best Practices: Valuation for Litigation Purposes.”
Mr. Kowalski is active in community and civic affairs. He served on the Easton Police Commission from 2004 to 2010, including a term as Chairman; served as a member of the Easton Planning & Zoning Commission from 2000 to 2004; and acted as the Easton Registrar of Voters from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Kowalski also served as Chairman of the Easton Democratic Town Committee from 2002 to 2011; as Chair of the Democratic Town Chairs of the Fourth Congressional District; as an Easton Little League volunteer; and as a Volunteer Presenter for The Climate Project, speaking on the topic of global climate change. Mr. Kowalski currently resides in Norwalk, CT, and serves on the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee and the Democratic State Central Committee.
As a member of the Norwalk YMCA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2007, Mr. Kowalski served in many capacities; including Chair of its Legal Committee, Second Vice-Chair of the Board, a member of its Child Care Committee, and a member of various ad-hoc committees. From 1996 through 2001, Mr. Kowalski was a member of the Stamford Rotary Club, co-chairing the organization’s bi-annual food drive, which collects over four thousand pounds of food annually for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Mr. Kowalski is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association, Inc., and is Co-Chair of its Appellate Practice Committee. He is also an affiliate member of the Appraisal Institute. He is registered in Who’s Who In American Law; and he is also a Life Member in the National Registry of Who’s Who and the Madison Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.
Marlow v. Starkweather, 113 Conn. App. 469 (2009)
Porter v. Thrane, 98 Conn. App. 396 (2006)
Bongiorno Supermarket, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 266 Conn. 531 (2003)
Quarry Knoll II Corp. v. Planning & Zoning Commission, 256 Conn. 674 (2003)
Miles v. Foley, 253 Conn. 381 (2001)
Miles v. Foley, 54 Conn. App. 645 (1999)
Lauf v. James, 33 Conn. App. 223 (1993)
Roberts v. Roberts, 32 Conn. App. 465 (1993)
Greico v. Zoning Commission, 226 Conn. 230 (1993)
Omnipoint Communications, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Commission, 83 F.Supp.2d 306 (D. Conn. 2000)
U.S. Postal Service v. Town of Greenwich, 901 F.Supp. 800 (D.Conn. 1995)
Presenter, “Best Practices: Valuation for Litigation Purposes” at the Appraisal Institute’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, 2014
“Real Estate Tax Appeals in Connecticut – Practical Perspectives,” Connecticut Bar Association, 2004, 2006, 2009
“Significant Cases in Connecticut Assessment Practice,” CT Appraisers Education Expo, CT Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and Connecticut Real Estate Appraisal Education Foundation, 2006
“How to be an Effective Witness in Real Estate Litigation,” New England Real Estate Journal (August 15-21, 2014)
“Keeping Real Estate Taxes in Check in Connecticut,” New England Real Estate Journal (December 21-27, 2007)
“Pay Attention to Your Real Estate Tax Assessment Between Revaluations,” New England Real Estate Journal (May 15-21, 2009)
“Understanding Connecticut’s Real Estate Tax Appeal Process,” New England Real Estate Journal (November 18-24, 2011)
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Member, Connecticut Bar Association, 1992-present
Member, Fairfield County Bar Association, 1994-present
Co-Chair, Bench/Bar Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association, 2004 – 2008
Co-Chair, Appellate Practice Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association, 2008 – present
Affiliate Member, the Appraisal Institute, 1998-present
Past Employment Positions:
Law Clerk, Hon. William J. Lavery, Connecticut Appellate Court, 1991 – 1992
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