Nathaniel Abbate, Jr.

Attorney (Retired) 

Nat put his undergraduate degree in journalism to good use by acting as a legal consultant to a team of reporters at The Detroit News investigating corruption in the legal system who won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism. Nat served as an adjunct professor and the executive editor of the Law Review at the University of Detroit School of Law, where he was named a Clarence Monroe Burton Scholar. He was chosen as the first law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul J. Komives, served as a law clerk for the Hon. George E. Woods, and was appointed to supervise the John DeLorean Multidistrict Litigation as a temporary emergency law clerk. A founding member of the firm along with Mark Makower and Stephen Guerra, Nat was primarily responsible for litigation work until retiring after more than 35 years practicing law.


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


Michigan State University, bachelor’s degree in journalism, 1972
University of Detroit School of Law, 1980

Achievements and Memberships

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan; member of Mensa, the Real Property Law and Master Lawyers Sections
  • Admitted to Florida Bar (retired, 2007)
  • Admitted to the Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Courts
  • Admitted to the U.S. 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
  • In 2015, Martindale-Hubbell and the National Law Journal named him a Legal Leader in Litigation and Construction Law