Alan E. Tannenbaum

Alan E. Tannenbaum

Alan E. Tannenbaum Esq.

Sarasota, Florida
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


  • 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


  • 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