Adam Tanenbaum and Rachel Nordby Win Openings on Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal
Governor Ron DeSantis recently appointed Rachel Nordby and Adam Tanenbaum, two conservative Tallahassee lawyers, to Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal. DeSantis praised them both for their extensive government service as members of Federalist Society.
Tanenbaum established AFC Gamma from his family office. Additionally, he serves as general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives advising members and staff regarding constitutional interpretation as well as ethics laws.
Early Life and Education
Adam Tanenbaum hails from Buffalo, New York. His family holds deep ties in various businesses in the construction and metal industries in Buffalo. Adam earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida where he served as co-valedictorian as a four year academic honors student; also being recognized by Phi Beta Kappa and Florida Blue Key memberships.
He attended Georgetown University Law School, graduating with honors and being chosen as its commencement speaker. Soon thereafter he began his legal career working as a federal clerk in Florida’s Southern District Court.
Dr Leon Tannenbaum led Galician Zionism for many years and participated in all meetings, conferences and congresses of its local Zionist movement. A close associate of Dr Leon Reich (deceased), he served as mentor and advisor to Galician Jewry leadership.
Adam is an Associate on TerraCRG Investment Sales team in Brooklyn’s Flatbush-Ditmas Park neighborhood. He specializes in commercial and industrial properties south of Atlantic Avenue. Prior to TerraCRG he worked for his family’s industrial distribution company selling safety products to contractors working on major construction projects in NYC.
As Tanenbaum pursued an NBA franchise, eventually persuading Commissioner David Stern to grant Toronto an expansion team if Tanenbaum could raise $15 million in fees required for stadium and ownership group setup. Unfortunately, however, his proposal was ultimately turned down at multiple league meetings and home cities of franchise owners; and ultimately failed in buying the New Jersey Nets as well – although he remains unresentful.
Achievement and Honors
Judge Tanenbaum is actively involved with charitable and health care initiatives such as the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada and global children’s organization Right to Play. Additionally he sits on several boards including NBA Board of Governors as well as Major League Soccer Toronto Raptors’ and Air Canada Centre’s Boards.
“Stephen earned his Bachelor’s of Political Science from the University of Florida where he was awarded honors including Four-Year Scholar, Outstanding Male Leader and Florida Blue Key. Additionally, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and inducted into its Hall of Fame.”
Robert is also a member of the boards for Major League Soccer’s Atlanta Silverbacks and National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs as well as Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited, an investment holding company.
He has appeared as a guest artist at international guitar festivals such as Bath, Luzern, Frankfurt and Vienna; has composed new works for classical guitar orchestras; and regularly gives master classes.
He is a member of the Florida State Bar Association and has extensive trial experience across federal, state, and appellate courts – from jury to non-jury trials as well as briefing and arguing both civil and criminal appeals.
He currently resides at 7650 Mcclure Drive in Tallahassee FL 32312 since April of 2016. Born February 1972 and of gay gender orientation with one child to his name; currently an Associate on TerraCRG Investment Sales team for Brooklyn industrial properties with particular expertise in neighborhoods south of Atlantic Avenue.
He holds affiliations with various entities, such as the Federalist Society – where he served as president of both Tallahassee and FSU Law chapters; Leadership Tallahassee; Rotary Club; James Madison Institute Leaders Fellowship program and pro bono legal work – in addition to performing pro bono legal services and listing a net worth estimated at around $220,000.
Tanenbaum practices civil and criminal litigation at trial and appellate levels. Additionally, he manages probate and guardianship matters for probate trustees and guardianship trusts. Tanenbaum holds memberships in Florida Bar, Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, two local Baptist churches as well as two area law societies.
In 2021, he founded mortgage REIT AFC Gamma which is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AFCG. Since its establishment he has made 14 trades worth $447,000. Most recently he purchased 10,000 units worth over $447000 on 8 August 2019. In total he owns an estimated $614 thousand stake in AFC Gamma.