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Nathaniel (“Nat”) Abbate Jr. Nathaniel (“Nat”) Abbate Jr. joined Mark Makower in 2001 and brought with him over two decades of litigation experience. The ensuing years have only expanded upon that experience, as Nat was primarily responsible for all of the litigation work of the firm for over a decade. Now with a team of able litigators to carry most of the load, Nat is able to step back from the full-time practice of law after 36 years and concentrate his efforts where the firm needs it most.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Nat put his journalism degree to good use upon graduating from the University of Detroit School of Law by acting as a legal consultant to a team of investigative reporters at The Detroit News. The team’s efforts in investigating corruption in the legal system were rewarded with the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism.

While serving as an adjunct profession at the University of Detroit School of Law, where he had also served as Executive Editor of Law Review and been named a Clarence Monroe Burton Scholar, Nat was chosen as the first law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Paul J. Komives. He then served as a law clerk for the Hon. George E Woods, who later persuaded the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint Nat to supervise the John DeLorean Multidistrict Litigation as a Temporary Emergency Law Clerk. Following those clerkships, Nat continued in litigation from the other side of the bench, and soon received a jury verdict of almost $3 million in one construction case, as well as over $25 million in judgments since joining Mark Makower’s team.

A member of Mensa and the Real Estate Law and Master Lawyers Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, Nat is also a member of the Community Associations Institute, has authored articles for the Michigan Real Property Review and CAI’s Common Ground, and is a panel participant for HOA Leader. In 2015, Martindale-Hubbell and the National Law Journal named him a Legal Leader in Litigation and Construction Law.


  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1980

  • Michigan State University, J.D., Journalism, 1972


  • Admitted to Michigan Bar, 1980

  • Admitted to Florida Bar, 1981 (Retired, 2007)

  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1980

  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1984

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