Anthony J. Abate's practice involves commercial disputes of any nature in the form of business litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on construction, probate and trust, foreclosure and eminent domain litigation.
A large portion of Tony's practice is devoted to all aspects of 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, and negligence. Tony 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 278 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. 3131-3134. Upon graduation from law school, Tony clerked for Justice Richard Mills of the 4th District Court of Appeals of Illinois. As a clerk, his duties included review and research of appellate cases, as well as attendance at oral arguments.
Tony has authored multiple works for both The Florida Bar and various industry publications. He co-authored a portion of the Florida Construction Law and Practice Manual entitled, Rights and Liabilities of the General Contractor. His construction practice has resulted in the representation of clients throughout the Southeastern United States.
He has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator and has acted in this capacity in multiple mediations. He has served as an arbitrator for various disputes on behalf of the American Arbitration Association.
•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution
•Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2015, 2016
•Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America 2016
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
Tony Abate Named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
81 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013
Shumaker Attorneys Presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
Shumaker Attorneys Present Construction Lien Law Seminar
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Florida Super Lawyers and 2011 Florida Rising Stars
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars
Anthony Abate Elected to Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Chapter 558: The Florida Legislature's 'Work in Progress,' The Docket, Sarasota County Bar Association
Chapter 558: The Florida Legislature's 'Work-in-Progress'
Rights and Liabilities of the General Contractor, Florida Construction Law Practice Manual, The Florida Bar
Liability of Qualifying Agent for Construction Defects, Forum, Associated General Contractors of America
Co-Author, Construction Litigation - Developer's Defenses, Condominium Law and Practice, The Florida Bar
Events and Presentations
A Practical Guide to Construction Liens
The Emerging Dilemma: Surety's Obligations on Green Building Projects
ABC's of Florida Construction Lien Law: What You Need to Know to Make the Lien Law Work for You