Jeanne T. Tate

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tampa, FL

Jeanne T. Tate, PA
 | 418 West Platt Street, Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-258-3355
Fax: 813-258-3373
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jeanne T. Tate is managing partner at Jeanne T. Tate, PA, with offices in Tampa, Orlando and Naples, Florida, where she focuses her practice on the family law issues involved with adoption. Board certified in adoption law by The Florida Bar, she represents families seeking to adopt a child in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Florida statewide.

After obtaining a journalism degree from the University of Florida, Ms. Tate earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Florida state courts since 1982. She also has experience with interstate compact adoptions.

Recognized for her leadership in the field of adoption law, Ms. Tate has worked with the Florida state legislature on adoption issues and has appeared on both local and national television speaking on the subject of adoption.

Ms. Tate is a member of professional organizations including the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Association for Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program. She is also a member of the Florida Adoption Council and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Ms. Tate has also taught adoption law and procedure at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Her outstanding work on behalf of birth parents and adoptive families has earned Ms. Tate numerous honors, including a lifetime achievement award from the Florida Adoption Council. She is consistently listed on several prestigious lists of top attorneys, and the peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell gave her its highest rating, AV Preeminent.*

Ms. Tate owns the adoption agency Heart of Adoptions, Inc., and founded the nonprofit child placement agency Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Juvenile Law, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2020

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About Jeanne Tate

Admitted: 1982, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2013
  • Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Supreme Court, 2013
  • FAWL Leaders in the Law Award, 2013
  • Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award (13th Circuit), 2013
  • Business Woman of the Year, 2009
  • HAWL Achievement Award, 2009
  • Small Business Leader of the Year Award - Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • Hillsborough County Pro Bono Firm Award, 2006
  • Small Business of the Year Award-Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2005
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Florida Adoption Council, 2004
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Supreme Court (appointed by Governor Rick Scott (2011-19)
  • Board Certified Adoption Attorney 2011- present
  • U.S. News – Top Tier Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms for 2011-16
  • Florida's Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2004 -16
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2007-16
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Attorneys in Florida 2012-13, 2015-16
  • Florida Super Lawyers (top 5% statewide) 2008-16
  • Editor of the Law Review, University of Florida College of Law
  • Order of the Coif, University of Florida College of Law
  • U.S. News – Top Tier Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms", 2010-14
  • Best Lawyers' 2013 Tampa Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Congressional Award - Angel in Adoption 2006 (Nominated by Representative Jim Davis)
  • Who's Who in Executives and Businesses, 2001-02
  • Honored Member, Strathmore's Whos Who, 2003-04
  • President's Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1995
  • Recipient YWCA Outstanding Women of the Year Award Most Productive Young Lawyer in Florida, 1990 - 91

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Inaugural Florida Bar Committee for Adoption Certification, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida Adoption Council, Member
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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
  • Baby Beware, Hillsborough County Bar Journal, 2002
  • Federal Court Motion Practice: Civil Prose and Procedure, 63 Fla. Bar J. 31, 1989
  • Adoption Law and Procedure, University of Florida College of Law
  • Co-Author, Construction Litigation: Trial Strategies and Techniques (published by Wiley Law Publications in Fall, 1989)
  • Scarlett Letter Law Abolished, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Journal (July, 2003)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Community Hero Award by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2018
  • See resume


  • Jeanne addresses the scope of ineffective assistance of counsel claims in the adoption and termination of parental rights arena, Florida Supreme Court argument, Adoption, 2017

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville B.S., in Journalism with high honors 

Industry Groups

  • American Academny Of Adoption Attorneys
  • Florida Adoption Council
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Office Location for Jeanne T. Tate

418 West Platt Street
Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-258-3355

Fax: 813-258-3373

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Last Updated: 3/16/2020

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