James A. Kowalski, Jr., is an AV-rated civil trial attorney based in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in consumer protection litigation, including wrongful foreclosure and consumer fraud, complex personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability litigation. Mr. Kowalski is licensed to practice law in Florida and California and focuses on litigation in the northeast Florida area. He has lived and worked in the Jacksonville area since moving to Florida from Northern California in 1989, after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Mr. Kowalski served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1989-1996, acting as Division Chief (County Court; Public Corruption Unit) and Senior Trial Attorney in the Special Assault/Sex Crimes and ROC (Repeat Offender Court) Divisions; he was also a member of the on-call homicide team.
After leaving the State Attorney’s Office in 1996, Mr. Kowalski has specialized in litigation and handled matters involving consumer protection, including wrongful foreclosure and consumer fraud, complex personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability litigation. He has tried more than 60 jury trials to verdict. Mr. Kowalski opened his own practice in late 2006.
Mr. Kowalski has presented numerous lectures in the area of consumer fraud, including presentations on mortgage foreclosure and debt collection litigation and on issues relating to crime victimization, including the use of victim impact testimony in death penalty cases. He is a member of the Bar in Florida and California, a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Florida Justice Association. Mr. Kowalski is a current member of the Child Protection Team (CPT) Advisory Council, has served on the board of Compassionate Families, Inc., a Jacksonville non-profit dedicated to assisting the families of homicide victims, and is the past vice-chair of the Mayor’s Victim’s Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC). He is a recipient of the Jacksonville Legal Aid Pro Bono award for 2006 and 2008, the St. Johns County Legal Aid Pro Bono award for 2009 and 2010, and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2009, for service rendered in the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
In December 2010, Mr. Kowalski testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on the topic of “Foreclosed Justice: Causes and Effects of the Foreclosure Crisis.” He has also testified before the Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance.
In June 2011, Mr. Kowalski was named “Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Protection Law Committee of the Florida Bar. Mr. Kowalski was recognized at the Florida Bar\’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, “For outstanding work protecting the legal rights of Floridians facing foreclosure and helping fellow practitioners of consumer law.”