Nathaniel Abbate, Jr.

Attorney (Retired) 

Education

Nat received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and went on to graduate from the University of Detroit School of Law. 

Experience

After obtaining is degree in Journalism, Nat put his degree to good use 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. Nat served as an adjunct professor and the Executive Editor of Law Review at the University of Detroit School of Law where he was named a Clarence Monroe Burton Scholar. Nat was chosen as the first law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Paul J. Komives and later served as a law clerk for the Hon. George E. Woods. He was appointed to supervise the John DeLorean Multidistrict Litigation as a Temporary Emergency Law Clerk. Nat continued to focus his practice on litigation from the other side of the bench, and was a founding member of the firm. Nat was primarily responsible for the firm’s litigation work until Nat retired from the firm after practicing law for more than 35 years.

Specialties 

  • Interpretation and drafting of community association documents
  • Community association governance 
  • Community association restriction enforcement and assessment collections

Achievements and Memberships

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan
  • Admitted to Florida Bar (Retired, 2007)
  • Admitted to the Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Courts
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Member of Mensa, the Real Property Law and Master Lawyers Sections of the State Bar of Michigan 
  • Member of the Community Associations Institute. 
  • Author of numerous articles for the Michigan Real Property Review and CAI’s Common Ground, 
  • Panel participant for HOAleader. 
  • In 2015, Martindale-Hubbell and the National Law Journal named him a Legal Leader in Litigation and Construction Law.

Interest

Nat enjoys spending his free time with his wife, children and his German Shepherd Summer.