Nathaniel ("Nat") Abbate Jr. retired from the Firm in 2016 after practicing law for more than 35 years. 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.
Nat put his journalism 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.
Continuing to focus his practice on litigation from the other side of the bench, Nat was an integral part of the Firm and was primarily responsible for all of the litigation work for over a decade. Nat obtained over $25 million in judgments for our clients.
Nat is a member of Mensa, the Real Property Law and Master Lawyers Sections of the State Bar of Michigan and is also a member of the Community Associations Institute. Nat 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.
Nat enjoys spending his free time with his wife, children and his German Shepherd Summer.