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.
Christopher A. Staine has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Florida, in addition to private and commercial arbitration proceedings. Christopher devotes a significant portion of his practice to construction litigation and counseling, trust and probate litigation, and guardianship matters.
As a Board Certified Construction Attorney, Christopher has had the pleasure of representing companies, partnerships, and individuals involved in all aspects of the construction process, specifically including owners, developers, general and marine contractors, suppliers, surety companies, and construction lenders. In addition, Christopher is a frequent speaker on various legal issues and legislative initiatives impacting the construction industry, notably issues such as the Florida Construction Lien Law, green building, and construction licensing.
Michele Leo Hintson is a seasoned business litigator who dedicates her practice to representing businesses, insurance companies, health care organizations and individuals in all aspects of the dispute resolution process, including, performing pre-suit investigations and risk management analysis, attending mediation sessions, drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs, conducting depositions, and advocating for clients at hearings, trials, and arbitrations. She also frequently negotiates presuit and postsuit settlements on behalf of her clients, as she believes in the value of avoiding judicial intervention if that is the best course. In addition, Michele regularly advises clients on a variety of issues outside of the litigation context, including, employment concerns, construction matters, and contractual obligations.
Michele has over a decade of experience handling a wide variety of commercial disputes, including those involving payment and performance bonds, employment agreements, shareholder agreements, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, construction defects, products liability, license agreements, premises liability, promissory note and mortgage defaults, and general collection matters.
Brian R. Lambert is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law, devoting a substantial portion of his practice to virtually every facet of construction. On the transactional side of construction, Brian prepares and negotiates contract documents on behalf of owners, architects, engineers and subcontractors during project development. Brian’s litigation practice involves the representation of these various entities encompassing a host of complex disputes. He has successfully litigated disputes relating to product and workmanship defects, delays and acceleration, licensing issues and suits to enforce lien or bond claims.
Cate Wells’ practice includes the representation of clients in a variety of administrative and regulatory matters before local governments and state regulatory agencies. 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.