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Cate Wells

Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602
240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


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Cate Wells' practice includes the representation of clients in a variety of administrative and regulatory matters before local governments and state regulatory agencies.

Cate represents professional licensees and regulated entities in licensing and disciplinary hearings before state agencies including the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Children and Families and the Division of Administrative Hearings. She also represents property owners and developers on historic preservation, zoning, land use and comprehensive plan issues before local governments within the Tampa Bay region including, but not limited to, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Sarasota County, and the Cities of Sarasota, North Port and Venice.

Cate started her career representing the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation before various professional licensing boards under the agency's umbrella, including Construction, Electrical Contracting, Landscape Architects and Land Surveyors. During the 10 years she was Lead Prosecuting Attorney for the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Cate directed and supervised the statewide prosecution of licensed contractors and in 2000, she served as the Board's Executive Director. In 2001, Cate joined the City of Tampa where she served as legal advisor to various departments and administrative boards responsible for implementing the City's historic preservation, land development, comprehensive planning, and zoning regulations.  She represented the Variance Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Architectural Review Commission and Barrio Latino Commission.  In 2013, the Tampa City Council appointed Cate to the Barrio Latino Commission where she continues to serve as a volunteer member.


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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay
  • Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Board of Directors (Treasurer - 2011 & 2012 Festival Years; Co-Chair 2009-2010)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Chapter #36, Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Tampa Bay Builders Association (TaBBA)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Tampa Bay Region
  • City of Tampa's Barrio Latino Commission, Vice-Chair
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Policy Council

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Marketing, University of Notre Dame, 1985

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1989


  • Spanish


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