George W. "Trey" Tate III

George W. "Trey" Tate III

Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2014

Orlando, Florida

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

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Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law, Trey focuses his practice on both contract preparation and negotiation and complex construction litigation. His work with complex construction litigation has a special emphasis on delay claims, construction defect claims, payment disputes, lien and bond claims, and bid protests for his construction clients.

He handles construction contract negotiation and preparation on projects of all scale and type, from single family luxury homes and multifamily projects to horizontal and vertical projects, including the “Medical City” and “Towncenter” projects at Lake Nona. Trey handled the original design and construction and multi-party project agreements to commence Medical City, including the Sanford-Burnham deal, and has advised Tavistock Development Company on the design and construction of numerous projects in the Lake Nona area including the recently completed USTA complex and Lake Nona Towncenter, which is currently under construction. Having negotiated the contracts for billions of dollars worth of projects, he is adept at advising clients on all aspects of contract negotiation and drafting, including numerous different delivery methods, and regularly advises clients on myriad issues that arise in active construction projects on a daily basis to help keep projects running smoothly and out of litigation.

For claims that cannot be resolved short of litigation, Trey has experience litigating construction claims, having tried numerous cases all the way through a final verdict in both court and arbitration proceedings. Those claims include a wide variety of construction claims including payment, delay, and lien disputes to non-construction claims in the landlord-tenant and general business settings.

As a former Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles, Trey tried nearly 30 cases to jury verdict along with conducting numerous bench trials. During his time as Deputy District Attorney, he spent nearly every day in court, conducting hundreds of hearings and questioning thousands of witnesses. With a caseload of over 3,000 cases per year, he developed strong negotiating skills, which he currently uses to achieve success for his clients during mediations and settlement conferences.

  • 420 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1200
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Southern Methodist University, JD, graduated 1999
  • Princeton University, BA, graduated 1996
Bar Admissions
  • California, California
  • Florida, Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Akerman LLP
Orlando, Florida

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law (2014-2018)
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers – Construction (2014-2018)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009-2014)
  • Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend magazine (2008)


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