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Anthony J. Abate

Partner, Litigation Practice Co-Administrator
240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


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Direct941.366.6660 ext. 2480

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 - 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 - 2018
  • Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine, 2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Board of Governors, 1999-2003
  • Florida Bar Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics
  • Florida Bar Rules Committee
  • Florida Bar Disciplinary Procedures Committee
  • Florida Bar Communications Committee
  • Florida Bar Disciplinary Review Committee
  • Florida Bar Board Liaison, Computer Law Committee
  • Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
  • Florida Bar Special Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • The 12th Circuit Committee on Professionalism
  • Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the 2004 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, former Board of Directors
  • Better Business Counsel of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, former Legal Counsel
  • YMCA Youth and Family Services Corporation, former Director and Secretary
  • Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Board of Directors, Past Chair and Executive Committee Member
  • Downtown Sarasota Alliance, Corporate Secretary, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member

News Releases

08.15.2018Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019
06.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers and 2018 Florida Rising Stars
08.17.2017Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018
07.13.2017Tony Abate Joins Construction Lawyers Society of America
07.01.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2017
06.08.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and 2017 Florida Rising Stars
08.16.2016Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2017
06.09.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and 2016 Florida Rising Stars
04.20.2016Shumaker Launches Blog About Trends and Legal Issues in the Construction Industry
08.19.2015Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2016
06.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
08.21.201483 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
08.15.201383 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
10.10.2012Tony Abate Named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
08.28.201281 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
10.19.2011Shumaker Attorneys Presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
08.22.2011Shumaker Attorneys Present Construction Lien Law Seminar
06.10.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Florida Super Lawyers and 2011 Florida Rising Stars
06.07.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars
02.12.2010Anthony Abate Elected to Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County



5.1.2010"Chapter 558: The Florida Legislature’s 'Work in Progress,'" The Docket, Sarasota County Bar Association
04.29.2010"Chapter 558: The Florida Legislature's 'Work-in-Progress'"
05.01.2009"Rights and Liabilities of the General Contractor," Florida Construction Law Practice Manual, The Florida Bar
1989"Liability of Qualifying Agent for Construction Defects," Forum, Associated General Contractors of America
1987Co-Author, "Construction Litigation – Developer’s Defenses," Condominium Law and Practice, The Florida Bar

Events and Presentations

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., Southern Illinois University, 1979
  • B.S., with honors, Northern Illinois University, 1976

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1979
  • Illinois, 1979, Inactive
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 1981
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2007
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 2012
  • United States Supreme Court, 1995
  • All State Courts Florida
  • All State Courts Illinois



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