Police seek Miami-Dade witnesses in connection with lawyer’s killing

Dr. Tomasz Kosowski arrested on first-degree murder charge

(Largo Police Department)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homicide Bureau Cold Case Unit is assisting Largo police, who recently arrested a plastic surgeon in connection with the murder of an attorney.

Miami-Dade police said detectives believe the suspect, Dr. Tomasz Kosowski, was driving a red Toyota Corolla around Miami-Dade County between March 21 and March 26.

While it appears Kosowski, 44, primarily worked in the Tampa-area, the Florida Department of Health lists his primary practice address off Southwest Eighth Street in Miami.

He is also listed as a plastic surgeon for at least two Miami offices.

They are asking anyone who may have seen Kosowski in the area during that time frame to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Largo police arrested Kosowski on a first-degree murder charge on Saturday in the disappearance of Steven Cozzi, who was last seen March 21 at Blanchard Law, the firm where he worked.

Police said the firm represents former co-workers the doctor has been suing in a business dispute.

Police said Sunday that while Cozzi’s body has not been found, they have evidence that he was killed by Kosowski.

They said Cozzi’s wallet, phone and keys were found in the law office along with a significant amount of blood in the bathroom. They say a suspicious person and car were seen at the office, leading them to Kosowski. A search of the doctor’s Tarpon Springs home found evidence that led to his arrest, police said. They did not elaborate.

Pinellas County lawyer Steven Cozzi.

Kosowski, who goes by “Dr. K,” is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Blanchard Law has been representing Kosowski’s former employer and co-workers in a lawsuit he filed against them four years ago and is ongoing.

In the lawsuit, Kosowski said he began working for Laufer Institute of Plastic Surgery in 2016, mostly doing breast reconstruction surgery. He said the woman Laufer Institute assigned to do his insurance billing didn’t file claims and lied to his patients, costing him tens of thousands of dollars and resulting in negative reviews of him to be posted online.

“Dr. K’s promising young career has essentially been obliterated” by the woman’s actions, Kosowski’s lawsuit says. “Through no fault of his own, his career was put directly in jeopardy and his reputation has been deeply tarnished.”

He left Laufer Institute in 2018 and had set up his own practice.

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