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Jeanne Trudeau Tate

Adoption Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Tate Healey Webster

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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1982
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Practice area
  1. Adoption
    Jeanne T. Tate is a highly skilled attorney with an extensive practice in the area of adoption and surrogacy. Jeanne has been active in interstate adoptions, authored numerous articles on adoption, and appeared on local and national television.

    42 years, 4,000 cases


Jeanne T. Tate is a Board Certifed Adoption Attorney at Tate Healey Webster. For six years, Ms. Tate was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida College of Law where she taught Adoption Law and Procedure.  Ms. Tate has an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoptions, and has participated in the placement of over 4,000 children in loving homes.  As a member of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and The Florida Adoption Council, Jeanne has been active in interstate compact adoptions and has a comprehensive knowledge of adoption law.  She works closely with adoption agencies to provide a full range of services to birth parents and adoptive families, and owns her own agency, Heart of Adoptions, Inc.  She also found a nonprofit adoption agency, Heart Of Adoptions Alliance, Inc. that works with foster care and special-needs children. 


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Top Contributor 2012
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Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
1000 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL, 34102
Jeanne Trudeau Tate
Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
380 Tangerine Ave
Merritt Island, FL, 32953-4767
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kevin | February 8, 2024
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Adoption Litigation Review
Jeanne Tate helped us navigate and successfully complete a complex adoption process. She listened to our concerns and addressed them fully and consistently. In court she stood out for her professionalism, knowledge and reputation. It was obvious that the judges in our case respected her position and opinions. We felt confident each step of the way, from the initial consultation to the final hearing, that we were well represented and made the right choice in hiring the firm to represent us.
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Posted by Fred and Vivian Folsom | March 10, 2021
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Excellent Service Helping Client Obtain FL State Birth Certificate for Foreign-Born Adopted Child
For anyone seeking to obtain a birth certificate for your foreign-born adopted child, we highly recommend Jeanne T. Tate P.A. and her staff. From our initial consultation to the appointment with the court, our process was smooth, timely, and efficient. They are exquisitely professional, competent, and courteous.
Response from Jeanne Tate April 7, 2021
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and outstanding review. We were honored to help you
Posted by Steve | October 19, 2020
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Successful Adoption
Our family is very grateful for Jeanne Tate Law and their service that made it possible to adopt our son. This is more than just a legal journey. This is a journey of the heart as our family added a new child.
Posted by Glenn | November 15, 2019
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Great firm and people.
I am an adult adoptee and needed family medical information. I had already figured out who my parents and birth families were though DNA testing and extensive research. Kim and Erica were able to be appointed intermediary, unseal the entire adoption record and case notes, obtain my original birth certificate, and death certificates with cause of death for both my biological parents. This was to confirm my research and see if there was any medical info in the files. I had them reach out to some maternal cousins who agreed to direct contact and we exchanged a lot of medical info and photographs. I have now requested they reach out to my paternal immediate family. I am happy I took this step and that I used this firm as recommended by an employee of the State of Florida. I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by jennifer | September 15, 2019
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I hired Jeanne Tate and staff after a four year adoption process to handle my finalization in FL. In the last several months of my journey, they made a very long emotional process a seamless one. From the moment I hired Jeanne and team l (especially Daneille) to the moment of my finalization, they were attentive, supportive and extremely efficient. Thank-you!!
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Posted by Audrey | August 1, 2019
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Simply the Best
This is,the absolute best adoption law firm in the state of Florida. If you are lucky enough to get representation by Jeanne Tate's law office, consider yourself blessed beyond measure. We hired Jeanne Tate's Law firm to represent us in the contested adoption of our four grandchildren whose parents had passed away in a tragic car accident. Mrs. Tate, along with her entire staff was kind, compassionate, completely understanding, and the absolute best adoption experts. They made the impossible happen for us and gave us the guidance and peace of mind we needed every step of the way. Jeanne Tate is so well respected by everyone involved in her field. She has a reputation of being the best and she lives up to it every single day! We asked God for a miracle; he gave us a this total rock star law firm.
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Posted by Susan G. | July 29, 2019
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Amazing law firm
I was looking for a adoption attorney and was very scared and confused. I can’t put into words how amazing is this law firm. I had the pleasure of working with crystal,Erin,Marcie and mrs.Tate, they are exceptional and very caring. I would highly recommended them.
Posted by Kelly | July 12, 2019
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Contested Adoption Success – Jeanne T. Tate and Erica Healey – Best Adoption Attorneys in Florida
Contested Adoption Success – Jeanne T. Tate and Erica Healey – Best Adoption Attorneys in Florida My husband and I initially made the mistake of hiring a family lawyer that practiced multiple areas of law that included Guardianships, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoptions to represent us in a contested adoption case involving our grandson. It never dawned on us prior to retaining her services that we should ask how many contested adoption cases she had handled and as our luck would have it the answer was none. After several missteps early in our case we came to the realization that we needed to hire a firm that only specializes in adoption law if we had any chance of prevailing in our contested adoption case. I am certain there are so many people like me and my husband who have made the same mistake and find the right attorney late in the game or even worse you don’t find them at all. We were blessed to find and hire Jeanne T. Tate P.A who came highly recommended and who is a very well respected adoption firm throughout the state of Florida. Erica Healey was the lead attorney in our adoption case and she worked tirelessly on our behalf. Within four weeks Erica was up to speed on every aspect of the case and she was able to amend motions that were previously filed incorrectly. Erica and Jeanne know the adoption laws inside and out. The professionalism, knowledge and integrity of Jeanne and Erica and all of their supporting staff was so refreshing and it was a pleasure to work with them during a very difficult time. Erica’s poise and preparedness at every court appearance was an affirmation that we had hired and assembled the best legal team and we were so happy to have her on our side. We had a very complex case but they kept it moving forward in a timely manner. We are forever grateful to the amazing job that both Erica and Jeanne did because we prevailed in our case and feel we may not have had the same outcome without their representation. I highly recommend Jeanne T Tate P.A. and Erica Healey for all adoption matters.
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Posted by Peter | May 22, 2019
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Peter fletcher
I’ve known Jeanne Tate for close to 50 years and I can assure you that see is not just the best and most attentive lawyer to all your needs etc. but as a person she is equally appealing. There is nothing that she won’t do to help you. I assure you if you use Jeannee Tate, you will know right away that you have made the best decision possible. And when your done you will feel as if you knew her your whole life and that your choice to use her will give you a lasting memory to always remind you of how she was able to change your life in more ways than u ever fathomed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
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Best Appellate lawyer
Jeanne Tate is an amazing trustworthy appellate attorney. I could tell she really cares about the families and children she represents. Everyone in her office is so helpful, knowledgeable, and easy to communicate with. Thank you all for the great work you did representing us in our appellate adoption case.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2009
The best!
Jeanne helped us with both of our adoptions. They both had some tricky situations but Jeanne handled them wonderfully and professionally. She is so knowledgeable and I highly recommend her!!!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
Highly knowledgeable - Heart of Gold
I have been acquainted with Jeanne Tate for over 10 years and have worked with her on adopting our daughter and, subsequently, have particpated with her on various not-for-profit boards. Jeanne has a passion for her work and is highly experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of adoption and the child dependancy system in Florida. In addition to her extensive background, Jeanne's manner in dealing with her clients is one of extreme compassion. She knows the system and has, in fact, helped shape it in Florida and is, therefore, very capable of providing excellent advice to her clients as they attempt to navigate the adoption process. Working wih Jeanne is a very solid and pleasurable experience.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
Knows what she's doing!!
Jeanne Tate is an excellent attorney, but also an amazing woman with a huge heart. She has handled the adoption of our three children and one on the way. She is very knowledgable and has great expertise in the area of adoption and is well respected. She is honest, trustworthy and there is really no one in the area that I'd trust as much as her. She comes highly recommened from our family!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing partner
  • Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • 2008 - 2014


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • law
  • 1981
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Heart of Adoptions, Inc. V. J.A.
  • Clarification of Putative Father Registry
  • JCJ v. Heart of Adoptions, Inc.
  • My clients prevailed


  • University of Florida College of Law
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2008 - 2024
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • ICPC chair
  • 1997 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers (top 5%)
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Adoption Attorney
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Angel in Adoption
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • 2006
  • Small Business Leader of the Year
  • Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Firm of the Year
  • Hillsborough County Bar Assn
  • 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Florida Adoption Council
  • 2004
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  • Florida Bar Journal Vol. 82 No 1
  • Florida's Putative Father Registry
  • 2008
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Journal
  • Scarlett Letter Law Abolished
  • 2003
  • Hillsborough County Bar Journal
  • Baby Beware
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Adoption Law
  • Adoption
  • 2008
  • ESPN, 20/20, The Early Show, Mike Donahue, CNN, and John Walsh Show
  • Adoption
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Adoption Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Jeanne. She is a recognized expert in the field of adoption law and a truly outstanding attorney. Robin Fleischner Attorney at Law"
Adoption Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeanne is a great advocate for her clients. My firm has referred her many cases and she always does a superlative job. She understands all of the ins and outs of the emotional and procedural issues related to the adoption process. The fact that she is a professor at University of Florida is indicative of how well respected and erudite she is. I highly recommend Jeanne."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Other
"I have worked with Jeanne, both on a professional level, and as an adoptive mother. Never having been through the adoptive process myself, she and her staff were instrumental in getting me through the process and bringing my daughter home. I am forever indebted to them for their expertise, compassion, dedication and understanding. Being a practicing attorney myself, it was difficult for me to become the client. Jeanne and her staff made it so easy for me to take off my lawyer hat and put on my mommy hat. They're the best!"
Adoption Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Jeanne for a long time and she is an excellent attorney who is very highly respected by her peers."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Jeanne for years. She is an excellent adoption attorney. I recommend her without reservation."