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The principal of DePasquale, Kelley & Company, James R. DePasquale, Director of Business Development & Client Management, anchor a consulting group that evaluates property tax assessments from a valuation as well as an advocacy perspective.

Quality Services

DePasquale, Kelley & Company is committed to delivering the highest quality service in the property tax assessment industry. We provide superior valuation and advocacy skills along with consistent, responsive communication and reporting. Our national affiliation program allows you to provide our clients centralized property tax management with local expertise.


Increasingly, jurisdictions experiencing declining revenues are searching for alternative sources of funds, including preservation and expansion of the property tax revenue base. Fiscal pressures are causing taxing authorities to impose more stringent guidelines in assessment appeals procedures. Boards now require taxpayers to present full supporting documentation and testimony in support of their applications, and even scrutinize requests for reduction where the assessor has stipulated with the taxpayer to an agreed value. Consequently, thorough preparation and compelling advocacy in support of an assessment appeal are imperative for maximizing tax savings in today’s fiscal environment


Sean C. Kelley – In Memoriam (1971-2022)

It is with a heavy heart that I must share the unexpected passing of Sean Kelley on March 9th.  Sean passed peacefully in the hospital with his loving family by his side.

I am sure all of you are as shocked as I am since it was only in December 2021 that he was at the CATA conference enjoying the holidays with all of you.  He recently celebrated his 51st birthday February 21st.  This is a loss of a great man, husband, father, friend, and colleague.

Many of you knew Sean.  He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he also met his wife, Maria.  Together, they began a life in Newport Beach, California, where they would raise their two children, Aidan, and Megan.  He concurrently started his career at Marvin Poer & Company in 1993, where we first met.  We formed what would become a life-long friendship that would ultimately become the foundation of a successful partnership as DePasquale, Kelley & Company formed in 1995.  For nearly 30 years, we shared friendship, endless conversations about ad valorem taxation (which we managed to sound interesting), and a quality of life mixed with adventure.    It was the friendship, trust and respect we both felt for each other that I will miss the most.

Sean was also integral to the formation of CATA.  The many positions he held over the years—Board Member, Past President, and Committee Member—demonstrate his unwavering commitment to CATA and his deep passion for the betterment of this industry.  In 2019, Sean was honored with CATA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  It is with great honor that the CATA Board has decided to create the Sean C. Kelley Lifetime Achievement Award.

James R. DePasquale, Principal

In lieu of flowers his family would like that a donation be made to Caterina’s Club. See for more details.

DKC has recently relocated to The Atrium, Irvine supporting it’s expansion needs. Concurrent with its move, DKC improved overall systems to continue its vision to deliver the highest quality service to clients. Information management is key to optimizing savings in any organization and particularly more apparent with respect to managing property tax assessments and payments.