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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

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.

Representative Matters

  • 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.


  • 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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