Tammy concentrates her practice on litigation involving construction and surety issues, real estate and land use issues, business disputes, including loan default, loan workout and foreclosure, and other complex commercial litigation. For more than 20 years, Tammy’s practice has included counseling and representing lenders, surety companies, owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in pre-suit dispute resolution where applicable, and then arbitration, mediation, and trial in federal and state courts. Additionally, Tammy regularly represents individual clients in a variety of complex matters, including construction and contract disputes. She endeavors to efficiently resolve disputes.
Renowned by colleagues and clients for her responsiveness, Tammy believes that a client should never be left wondering what is happening with a matter. She collaborates with her clients to understand all facets of their businesses and address their individual inner-workings and needs, enabling her to successfully represent her clients in a broad range of matters.
Passionate about sharing her knowledge with others and given the 20+ years of experience representing surety companies in connection with payment, performance and miscellaneous bond disputes, Tammy regularly writes and speaks on surety industry topics at surety conferences around the country.
Outside the courtroom, Tammy enjoys traveling with her son in pursuit of outdoor adventures.
- Represented property owner in litigation against governmental entity following a denial of a proposed rezoning where the court, after a non-jury trial, found in favor of the property owner on the claims for declaratory and injunctive relief pursuant to Florida Statutes § 163, declaratory relief for violation of as-applied substantive due-process rights protected by the Florida Constitution and U.S. Constitution, and declaratory relief for violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. The court also awarded the property owner attorney fees and costs.
- Represented developer in defense of litigation brought by concerned citizens following approval of a proposed rezoning where the citizens filed a consistency challenge and claimed, among other things, that the developer and governmental entity failed to comply with applicable zoning procedures.
- Represented surety in a six-week trial, involving competing claims for breach of contract and claims by the owner against the surety and general contractor for damages related to delays, defective construction, and punch-list issues.
- Represented surety following default of the bonded subcontractor where the surety successfully tendered completion contractors on pending projects, negotiated and resolved numerous claims brought by payment-bond claimants where possible, and also initiated an interpleader action.
- Represented surety following the default of the bonded contractor where the surety successfully negotiated a takeover agreement.
- Represented numerous lending entities in contested commercial-mortgage-foreclosure actions, obtaining final judgments of foreclosure upon successful rulings on summary-judgment motions.
- Represented judgment creditor in a fraudulent transfer action and then, following the successful outcome in that action, represented the judgment creditor in the subsequent action for foreclosure of the judgment lien on real property.
- Defended surety in action under the Miller Act where surety argued the contractor failed to timely file suit.
- AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2009
- Top Lawyer by Tampa Bay Magazine
Professional and Community Affiliations
- The Florida Bar
- Colorado Bar Association
- American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section
Events and Presentations
|04.09.2018||"Performance Bond Challenges: Onerous Contracts and Onerous Bond Forms," Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference|
|05.12.2017||Panelist, "A Gift From the Underwriters: Onerous Bond Forms and Attempting to Defend Claims Against Them," 2017 American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Spring Meeting|
|05.11.2017||Panelist, "How Much is This Going to Cost: The Types of Damages for Which the Surety May Be Liable Under a Performance Bond," 2017 American Bar Association Tort Trial & Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Spring Meeting|
|05.11.2016||"How to Handle and Litigate Claims of Bad Faith (and Maybe Prevent Them Altogether)," Second Annual American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Panelist|
|09.17.2015||"Proceeding with Caution: the Unauthorized Practice of Law," Twenty-Sixth Annual Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference|
|04.23.2015||"Loss Control Strategies for the Surety - Prior to Formal Notice of Default or Termination," Twenty-Sixth Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, paper and lecture|
|12.11.2014||"Proceeding with Caution: The Unauthorized Practice of Law," American Bar Association Webinar|
|09.20.2012||"Surety Case Study," Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|01.20.2011||"Calculating the Performing Surety’s Additional Time to Complete," American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee’s Mid-Winter Meeting 2011, paper and lecture|
|09.23.2010||"Proceeding with Caution: The Unauthorized Practice of Law," Twenty-First Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, paper and lecture|
|09.24.2009||"Probate Bonds: Sources of Salvage When the Principal is a Lawyer," Twentieth Annual Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, paper and lecture.|
|10.17.2006||"Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in Florida," Lorman Education Services, Tampa, Florida, paper and lecture.|
|04.21.2005||“Suing a Surety for Bad Faith in Florida? Not So Fast. . . .,” Sixteenth Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference in Charleston, South Carolina|
|11.01.2001||“Fiduciary Bonds: When Good Principals Go Bad,” Twelfth Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference|
- J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 1993
- B.S., cum laude, Florida State University, 1991
Bar and Court Admissions
- Colorado, 2001
- Florida, 1994
- All State and District Courts Florida