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  • Alan E. Tannenbaum Esq
    Alan E. Tannenbaum Esq
    Partner, Board Certified Attorney
    Alan E. Tannenbaum Esq
    Partner, Board Certified Attorney

    Mr. Tannenbaum spent his early career with the Becker Poliakoff law firm in Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, where he primarily represented condominium and homeowner associations in construction defect matters. In 1983, as a partner of the firm, he was relocated to Sarasota to head west coast operations for the firm. For the next 12 years, he represented condominium and homeowner associations throughout Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay in construction defect matters. He also represented developers in selected matters, defended architects and engineers in professional negligence cases, represented Charlotte County as special counsel in a major incinerator permitting dispute and took on a variety of construction, real estate, commercial and personal injury cases. Mr. Tannenbaum is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. He is AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell® peer-review ratings, the highest recognition an attorney can receive for excellence in legal ethics and practice skills.

    Beginning in the early 1990s, Mr. Tannenbaum participated in a program sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Florida that brought Czech and Slovak business people and government officials to Florida to receive education and orientation to the market economy. For seven years, Mr. Tannenbaum, working with local governments and chambers of commerce, hosted more than 100 Czech and Slovak participants in the program, many of whom prospered during the succeeding years as the Czech and Slovak economies flourished.

    In 1995, Mr. Tannenbaum broke from Becker Poliakoff, forming Levin Tannenbaum in Sarasota. He continued his representation of condominium and homeowner associations throughout Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay, governmental entities and single-family homeowners’ in construction disputes as well handled a variety of construction, commercial, real estate, and personal injury cases.

    In 2007, Southwest and Central Florida became the epicenter of single-family home and condominium “flipping fraud” after a number of builders defaulted and tens of thousands real estate investments in Southwest and Central Florida went sour. With his well-established reputation in construction and real estate law, Mr. Tannenbaum was sought out in the 2007-2010 period by more than 350 investors from around the country to secure compensation for them from the various banks, mortgage brokers, promoters and builders involved in the schemes. He was featured on this subject in articles in the New York Times, the Cleveland Plains Dealer, the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota-Herald Tribune, Bradenton Herald, Florida Trend, and Mortgage Daily.

    Mr. Tannenbaum is a member of the Trial Practice and Real Estate and Trust Sections of the Florida Bar. Within the Real Estate and Trust Section, he serves on the Construction Law Committee.

    Mr. Tannenbaum is an active member of four chapters of the Community Association Institute (Pinellas/Hillsborough, Sarasota/Manatee. Orlando and Ft. Myers/Naples). He has published several articles in the area of construction law and repair and maintenance responsibilities and regularly lectures community association managers for continuing education credits.

    Mr. Tannenbaum’s civic activities include volunteering in the Justice Teaching Program, where Florida lawyers are matched with public schools in Florida to act as a resource on the U.S. Constitution and the operation of our legal system. He has also volunteered in a Florida Bar program in which pro bono services are offered to qualifying borrowers threatened by foreclosure. He is also participating in the Free Storm Related Legal Aid hotline available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida. The hotline operates through a partnership between the Florida Bar Young Lawyers division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and FEMA.

    Mr. Tannenbaum is the proud father of four children ranging in age from 23 to 27. His outside interests include yoga, kayaking, hiking and personal growth and transformational workshops.

    Areas of Practice

    • Construction Law and Litigation
    • Condominium and Homeowner Association Turnover Claims
    • First Party Insurance Claims

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • Board Certified in Construction Law, The Florida Bar

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida, 1978
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

    Education

    • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
      J.D. – 1978
    • University of Miami, Miami, Florida
      B.A. cum laude – 1975

    Published Works

    • Contributing Writer, CAI Community magazine

    Representative Cases

    • Garcia v. Crescent Plaza Condominium Association, Inc., 813 So.2d 975 (Fla. 2d 2002)
    • Landrum v. Joe Doe Pit Digger, 696 So.2d 926 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997)
    • Pulte Home Corp. v. Bay At Cypress Creek Homeowner’s Association, Inc. 118 So. 3d 957 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
    • Spitale v. Smith, 721So.2d 341(Fla. 2d DCA 1998)
    • Trianon Park Condo Association, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, 423 So.2d 911(Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
    • Trianon Park Condo Association, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, 468 So.2d 912 (Fla. 1985)

    Classes/Seminars

    • Lecturer and Speaker, Approved Course Provider with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR)

    Honors and Awards

    • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Florida Bar, Member, Real Property American Probate Section, 1982 – 1988
    • Florida Bar, Trial Practice section, Member
    • Florida Bar, Real Estate and Trust Section, Member
    • Florida Bar, Real Estate and Trust Section, Construction Law Committee
    • Florida Bar, Member, 1978 – Present

    Past Employment Positions

    • Tannenbaum Scro, P.L. , Principal and Chief Trial Counsel, 1995 – Present
    • Becker Poliakoff Law Firm, Managing Partner, 1979 – 1995
    • Levin Tannenbaum, Sarasota, Founder, 1995 – Present

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC)
    • Community Association Institute (Pinellas/Hillsborough, Sarasota/Manatee, Orlando and Ft. Myers/Naples), Active Member
    • Justice Teaching Program, Volunteer
    • Florida Bar program, Volunteer
    • Free Storm Related Legal Aid hotline available for Hurricane Irma survivors with the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and FEMA
  • Salvatore G. Scro Esq
    Salvatore G. Scro Esq
    Partner
    Salvatore G. Scro Esq
    Partner

    Salvatore G. Scro manages the complex litigation section of the firm and represents clients involving various areas of litigation, real estate, and business matters. Mr. Scro received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1987. He is admitted to the New York, Washington, D.C. and Florida Bars and is also admitted to practice in the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida.

    His areas of concentration include all aspects of civil, construction defect and personal injury litigation, real estate and business litigation, real estate transactions and closings, contract and business matters. Since relocating to Southwest Florida in 2006, the majority of Mr. Scro’s practice has involved the representation of homeowners and condominium and homeowner associations in complex construction defect litigation and turnover matters, and representation of clients in business, civil and personal injury litigation matters; and commercial and residential real estate transactions.

    Areas of Practice

    • Construction Defect Law and Litigation
    • Community Association Turnover Disputes
    • Real Estate Transactions and Closings
    • Civil Litigation
    • Business Formation, Transactions and Litigation
    • Personal Injury
    • Contract Review and Litigation

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1988
    • Florida, 1989
    • District of Columbia, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

    Education

    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
      Juris Doctorate – 1987
    • St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
      B.A. – 1984

    Classes/Seminars

    • Lecturer and Speaker, Approved Course Provider with the Florida
    • Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Florida Bar Association
    • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member
    • D.C. Bar Association

    Past Employment Positions

    • Scro Law Office, Syracuse, NY, 1988 – 2006
    • Volunteered as arbitrator in Syracuse City Court, Syracuse, NY
    • Scro Real Estate Corporation, Owner/President, 1991 – 2006

    Pro Bono Activities

    • President of the Gulf Coast Basketball Officials Association
    • Booker Law Academy Mentor Program
    • Member, Community Associations Institute (CAI)
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), West Florida Chapter in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), South Gulf Coast Chapter in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Suncoast Chapter in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Central Florida Chapter
    • Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC)
  • Jon E. Lemole Esq
    Jon E. Lemole Esq
    Partner
    Jon E. Lemole Esq
    Partner

    My dad was a criminal defense attorney, one of the best in New York City. Trial tactics and cross-examination were a regular part of my life growing up. After college, I followed in his footsteps and became an attorney in 1991. I started with a large New Jersey firm, Archer & Greiner, working as an associate in their prestigious Environmental Litigation practice. I opened my own litigation practice in New York City in 1994. My firm handled criminal defense, civil and commercial litigation, securities arbitration and civil liberties cases. I also developed a passion for helping business owners and entrepreneurs succeed. My firm handled consulting and planning matters for businesses, both startups and established brands.

    In 2006, I moved to Sarasota, Florida in order to supplement my law practice in New York. I then took on a role as a Managing Director for a Fortune 100 financial services firm in Sarasota, ultimately becoming a Managing Director for the Southwest Florida market, as well as a Registered Principal and head of the firm’s small business planning initiative. In 2016, I decided to rebuild my private law practice and formally became a member of the Florida Bar. In 2017, I was fortunate to be asked to join the law firm of Tannenbaum Scro, P.L. I represent clients in Florida, New Jersey and New York.

    Areas of Practice

    • Construction Law and Litigation
    • Business Law and Commercial Litigation
    • Investor Protection and Securities Arbitration
    • Community Association Law
    • Condominium and Homeowner Association Turnover Claims

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida
    • New York
    • New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Education

    • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
      J.D. – 1991
    • Villanova University
      B.A. – 1988
      Major: Philosophy

    Published Works

    • From Katz to Greenwood: Abandonment Gets Recycled from the Trash Pile – Can Our Garbage Be Saved from the Court’s Rummaging Hands? 42 Case W. Reserve Law Rev.581 (1991)

    Classes/Seminars

    • Lecturer and Speaker, Approved Course Provider with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

    Past Employment Positions

    • Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, NJ, Associate
    • Jon E. Lemole, Attorney at Law, Staten Island, NY

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Board Member and Treasurer, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Sarasota Chapter
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Member
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), West Florida Chapter in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), South Gulf Coast Chapter in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Suncoast Chapter in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI) Central Florida
    • Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC)
  • James E. Toale Esq
    James E. Toale Esq
    Board Certified Attorney
    James E. Toale Esq
    Board Certified Attorney

    Mr. Toale is a native of Sarasota. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Central Florida, where he majored in Civil Engineering. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Toale worked for NASA in the Construction Management Office at the Kennedy Space Center gaining experience negotiating contract change orders, settling contractor claims and preparing unsettled disputes for litigation. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. During his career, he combined an office practice with civil litigation with a strong emphasis on real estate. Mr. Toale became Board Certified in Real Estate Law in 1990 and continues to hold that certification to date. His broad range of experience brings a unique asset to the litigation team.

    Mr. Toale has been active in the community, serving on many boards and is past president of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota, the SunCoast Blood Bank, and the Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has been active in the local bar association having served on the real property section steering committee and the joint committee with the Sarasota Association of Realtors. He has served on the Mission and Planning Committee of the board of Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is active in his church.

    In 2013, Mr. Toale became the Foreclosure General Magistrate of Sarasota County. During that temporary appointment, he conducted hundreds of trials involving residential mortgage foreclosures. In 2016, Mr. Toale became the Code Enforcement Hearing Officer for the City of Northport.

    Mr. Toale is married with two sons. He enjoys biking, yoga classes or just tubing down a river with his family.

    Areas of Practice

    • Real Estate
    • Civil Litigation
    • Certified Legal Specialties
    • Board Certified in Real Estate Law, 1990

    Education

    • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
      Juris Doctor
    • University of Central Florida
      Bachelor of Science in Engineering
      Major: Civil Engineering

    Classes/Seminars

    • Lecturer and Speaker, Approved Course Provider with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

    Past Employment Positions

    • NASA, Construction Management Office, Kennedy Space Center, 1977 – 1980
    • Sarasota County, Foreclosure General Magistrate, 2013 – Present

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Kiwanis Club of Sarasota, Past President
    • SunCoast Blood Bank
    • Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Member
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), West Florida Chapter in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), South Gulf Coast Chapter in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Suncoast Chapter in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties
    • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Central Florida Chapter
  • Laura Bauman
    Laura Bauman
    Attorney
    Laura Bauman
    Attorney

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