Jeanne Tate | Tampa Adoption Lawyer

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Jeanne T. Tate is a Board Certified Adoption Attorney and the managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A., with offices in Tampa, Naples, Orlando, and Merritt Island. Jeanne has an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoptions and is a member of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Reproductive Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council. For many years in a row, Jeanne has been named in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida’s Legal Elite, and Florida Super Lawyer, including as one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of Florida. Over her career, Jeanne has won several prestigious awards including the U.S. Congressional Angel in Adoption Award, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader of the Year, the Florida Adoption Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Achievement Award, the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award (the highest statewide pro bono award given by the Florida Supreme Court) and inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Jeanne has been appointed to serve on the Adoption Law Certification Committee, the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Nominating Committee (twice), and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (twice). Additionally, Jeanne has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida College of Law where she taught Adoption Law and Procedure for six years. Jeanne has appeared on local and national television on the subject of adoption, has been active in Interstate Compact Adoptions, and has been integrally involved in adoption issues before the Florida legislature. Jeanne is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that the legal community ranks her "at the highest level of professional excellence."

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Our firm is grateful for the opportunity to be involved in creating families with each and every adoption matter that we handle. We handle every faucet of adoption and a significant portion of our practice involves contested adoption litigation. It is beautiful to see those cases resolve, prioritizing the stability and security of a child, through our ongoing collaborative efforts. Additionally, we have the privilege of assisting in many relative adoptions where the relative has cared for the child for many years. It is an honor to advocate for those families to receive the post-adoption services that they need and see everything come to fruition. One such case recently finalized, and after many months of advocacy, we joyfully attended the finalization hearing for a grandmother who adopted several grandchildren and had the requisite post-adoption services in place to ensure the children received what they needed to thrive following the adoption.

How did you build a successful practice?
Adoption is a very unique area of law that requires undivided attention and a specific skill set. By dedicating our firm's practice to the exclusive areas of adoption and surrogacy law decades ago, we were able to excel and become specialized in these fields. We have been involved in helping craft statutes, meeting with legislatures to influence adoption policy,educating judges, conducting seminars to train other lawyers, and obtain in depth experience with thousands of cases, which allowed us to stand apart from other attorneys who dabble in the adoption realm.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Experience,competency, trustworthiness, honesty and promptness in response. Our firm is routinely hired to “clean up” adoptions gone awry. While it is our joy to get these adoptions back on track, prioritizing experience at the outset can prevent many challenges that could otherwise arise in an adoption. Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. has offices throughout the State of Florida and works with expectant mothers and adoptive families all over the country and in some parts of the world.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
While the law should be interpreted uniformly throughout the state, knowing the judges, the local rules of the circuit and the acceptance or rejection of arguments made in the past, is a huge component of a case's success.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
We can discuss adoption generally and what potential options exist. For specific or detailed legal advice, however, we should be retained for a formal consultation.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
We always do a conflicts check, so we need names and dates of birth of all parties involved. Additionally, we need to know if there is a prior case involving the child that could impact jurisdiction.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
Experience. Nearly all of our attorneys are members of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and/or board certified in adoption. Our firm has had the privilege of finalizing thousands of adoptions since the firm was started in 1999. From the beginning, the firm and its clients have been supported by a group of paralegals and legal assistants with an exceptional level of competency and professionalism.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Seeing a birth mother’s lovingly-created adoption plan effectuated and witnessing the beautiful emotion of adoptive parents as the adoption is granted in the final hearing.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Boating, water activities and grandchildren!

Are you involved in your community?
Our firm is extremely involved in a myriad of causes including Gift of Adoption, the American Heart Association and Pro Bono Legal work . Jeanne Tate was honored by the Florida Supreme Court with the Tobias Simon Award for her pro bono service. She also was recently given a key to the City of Tampa by Major Jane Castor for her outstanding contributions to the field of adoption. The firm has long been devoted to pro bono service. The firm handles most of the indigent adoption cases from Bay Area Volunteer Legal Services (“BAVLP”). Members of the law firm serve as mentors to BAVLP’s pro bono attorneys and to Bay Area Legal Services’ attorneys and staff.

Position Organization Location Duration
Managing PartnerLaw Offices Of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.Tampa, FLPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Florida Levin College of LawJ.D. with honors Law SchoolN/A  
University of FloridaBachelorsJournalism with High Honors1979
State / Court Date
Florida1982
  • Board Certified in Adoption Law.
    Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida College of Law where she taught Adoption Law and Procedure.
  • Best Lawyers in America
    Florida’s Legal Elite
    Florida Super Lawyers (Top 100 Lawyers in Florida)
    U.S. Congressional Angel in Adoption Award
    Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader of the Year
    Florida Adoption Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award
    Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Achievement Award
    Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award (the highest statewide pro bono award given by the Florida Supreme Court)
    Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • CJ v. Heart of Adoptions, Inc.
    My clients prevailed.

  • Heart of Adoptions, Inc. V. J.A.
    Clarification of Putative Father Registry.

  • Florida's Putative Father Registry: More Work is Needed to Follow the Established National Trends Toward Stable Adoption Placements | Florida Bar Journal Vol. 82 No 1 | 2008
    Scarlett Letter Law Abolished | Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Journal | July 2003
    Baby Beware | Hillsborough County Bar Journal | 2002
    Co-Author | Construction Litigation:  Trial Strategies and Techniques | Wiley Law Publications | 1989
    Federal Court Motion Practice:  Civil Prose and Procedure | 63 Fla. Bar J. 31 | 1989
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FL State Lawyer Additional Information: Circuit: 13 Cellphone: (813) 431-2151 Adoption Law Firm Size: 6 to 10

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2016-07-22Phone407-255-2498
2016-07-22Firm NameJeanne T Tate P.A.
Jeanne T. Tate
418 W Platt St
Ste B
Tampa, FL 33606
27.9415485,-82.4644218

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418 W Platt St
Ste B
Tampa, FL 33606


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    1604 South Bumby Avenue
    Orlando, FL 32806
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    NAPLES*
    1000 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 501
    Naples, FL  34102
    239.594.2838 phone
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    360 Tangerine Avenue
    Merritt Island, FL 32953
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