Anthony J. Abate

Partner, Litigation Practice Co-Administrator

Focused on finding clients the shortest path to a resolution, Tony concentrates his practice on commercial disputes of any nature in the form of business litigation with an emphasis on construction, probate and trust, foreclosure, and alternative dispute resolution.

With a broad range of experience, Tony is positioned to effectively evaluate the best alternatives in matters such as all aspects of commercial and construction transactions and disputes, including:

  • Contract drafting
  • Review and negotiation
  • Payment claims
  • Mechanics'-lien proceedings
  • Breach of contract
  • Construction-defect allegations
  • Construction-contract disputes
  • Delay-damages suits
  • Lien foreclosure
  • Performance bonds
  • Negligence.

In construction matters, he represents construction companies, contractors, sureties, subcontractors, developers, construction suppliers, property owners, lenders, design professionals, individuals, and families.

Tony is board certified in construction law, one of only a few hundred (less than one percent) lawyers statewide to receive this distinction. Lawyers certified in construction law deal with matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects including, but not limited to, construction-dispute resolution, contract negotiation, preparation, award and administration, lobbying governmental hearings, oversight and document review, construction-scheduling analysis and delay claims, lending and insurance, construction licensing, and the analysis and litigation of problems arising out of the Florida Construction Lien Law, Section 255.05; Florida Statutes; and the federal Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. §§ 3131 through 3134

Dedicated to helping children, Tony is involved in various youth organizations and previously served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Youth and Family Services of the YMCA.

  • Represented trustees of a trust in a defense of unfounded claims by beneficiaries, resulting in the dismissal of claims.
  • Represented a 350-unit condominium-development project for construction-defect claims against a national builder, resulting in a significant settlement of approximately $5 million.
  • Represented a targeted defendant in a claim for fraud and violations of federal statutes related to the development and sale of housing lots with claims in both state and federal courts that was resolved on very favorable terms.
  • Represented a structural engineer in a seven-week jury trial involving claims of engineering malpractice and obtained a very favorable jury award.
  • Represented a lender in a foreclosure proceeding against a borrower over multiple hotels which was ultimately a successful foreclosure.
  • Represented a number or owners of sporting facilities and their construction professionals in contract agreements.

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