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Lee A. Samowitz has been practicing law since 1978 and is a partner in the Law Firm of Samowitz & Samowitz, LLC. He has been active in government and politics, as a Bridgeport State Representative from 1982 to 2002. In the legislature, he was Co-Chairman of the Select Committee in Substance Abuse Prevention in 1988 and was Co- Chairman of the Commerce Committee from 1996 to 2002, which had jurisdiction over the Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development (DECD), Connecticut Development Authority (CDA), and Connecticut Innovation Inc. (CII). Lee attended Bassick High School in Bridgeport, where he was President of the class of 1970 and awarded Charles Dana award for History. He earned his Law Degree from Drake University in 1978, where he won the AmJur Book Award for the top ‘A’ in Constitutional Law. He earned his BA from University of Rochester in1974 and attended the University of Bridgeport for his MBA.
In the practice of law and in the Connecticut General Assembly, Lee has been recognized as an expert in certain real property law. He Co-chaired the Judiciary Committee’s ad hoc Subcommittee on Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) in 1983 that governs all condominiums and wrote many of its sections. As the House Chairman of the Commerce Committee in charge of all governmental incentive programs, he spearheaded the fight in the legislature for property tax equity and Brownfield redemption that includes financing environmentally contaminated properties. In 2000, he was the author of the Connecticut Urban and Industrial Tax Credit Act that provided one billion dollars worth of tax credits for major developments that enticed UBS and Starwood Capital to Stamford. Attorney Samowitz has represented many Fairfield County condominium associations and the City of Bridgeport in tax foreclosures. He has appeared before the Connecticut Supreme Court on condominium cases and has argued leading fraudulent conveyance and foreclosure cases before the Federal and Bankruptcy Courts. Lee was corporate counsel to Broadband Associates in 2010, a California internet educational broadband infrastructure service provider.
In the legislature he introduced the compulsory Holocaust education bill, the Homestead exemptions to protect homeowners in bankruptcy and helped create the Gateway project to improve the streetscape on Fairfield Ave., the bicycle path around the water at St. Mary’s by the Sea in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport and the Burroughs Community Center. Lee was passionate in the legislature in trying to promote urban equality, property tax reform and public private partnerships to improve public infrastructure for transportation, broadband, education and energy economically.
Lee was born in Bridgeport and still lives there with his wife Ferne, son Seth and Shetland Sheepdog, “Melky”.