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David S. Kowalski

About me

I have worked exclusively in family law for the last 15 years. I help families resolve issues of divorce, paternity, child custody and placement, child and spousal support, guardianship, interstate custody/abduction, parental rights termination and defense, abuse and harassment restraining orders, estate and trust litigation, and appeals related to these issues. I also routinely serve as a Guardian ad Litem for minors. I work with clients individually to help them through these difficult times with dignity and respect.


Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 65%
    15 years
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    15 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    15 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
    15 years



Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. David is an excellent advocate who is equally comfortable negotiating settlements and litigating those case which require it.


    Lisa Friedrich Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Andrew Horn

    I heartily endorse this lawyer! I've had the pleasure of working with David recently on two matters. He is very intelligent, very experienced, but also very reasonable and pragmatic in his approach. As a result he is tremendously effective without legal rigmarole and attendant costs. His reputation in the legal community is superb. I would highly recommend him for your family law needs.


    John Horn Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Kowalski Family Law, LLC

725 Heartland Trail
Suite 100
Madison, WI, 53717

Kowalski Family Law, LLC

120 3rd Street
Unit H
Baraboo, WI, 53913



WIGood Standing200703/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/attorneyKowalski Family Law, LLC2013 - Present
InstructorGlobe University2011 - Present
AttorneyKrueger & Hernandez, SC2011 - 2013
AttorneyBalisle & Roberson, SC2001 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Family Law Council of WisconsinMember2015 - Present
Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin, Office of Lawyer RegulationBoard member2015 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Children and the Law SectionBoard Member2011 - Present
Dane County Bar Association, Technology CommitteeBoard Member2015 - 2016
Dane County Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services CommitteeMember2011 - 2011
State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE CommitteeMember2008 - 2010
YMCAYouth Basketball coach2005 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin, Children and the Law NewsDeja-Vu All Over Again: Equal Placement Bill Before the Assembly2013
State Bar of Wisconsin, Children and the Law NewsWhat is Legal Custody2012
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawCertification of Batterer's Treatment Programs and Providers Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 767.412009
Wisconsin WomanCooperative Law: Making Divorce More Civil2008
American Journal of Family LawRush to Relocate: Are Presumptions in Favor of a Relocating Parent Really in the Child's Best Interests?2008
Wisconsin Law JournalCooperative divorce seeks to avoid damaging tactics2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Rutgers UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Starting a Law FirmMoney Matters-How Much Does It Take to Start a Law Firm2016
State Bar of WisconsinDrafting and Challenging Marital Property Agreements2014
State Bar of WisconsinLitigating Your Case: Children's Court Nuts and Bolts for Guardians ad Litem2013
State Bar of WisconsinAddressing Needs of Children with ADHD in a Custody and Placement Study2012
State Bar of WisconsinDeterming Business Income and Valuation at Divorce2010
Annual Community Property State SymposiumValuation and Disposition Strategies in a Changing Economy2010
State Bar of WisconsinThe Ultimate Family Law Dream Team: Teaming Up With Your Legal Staff to Get the Job Done2004