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About Our Firm

Our Services

A commercial law firm with offices based just east of Tampa in the heart of the fast-growing greater Brandon area, the firm offers its clients, whether large or small, whether corporations or individuals, responsive legal services in the areas of real estate and real estate development, corporate and business law, institutional lending, environmental law, real property litigation, contract litigation, business and commercial litigation, and probate and estate planning. Read more about our Practice Areas.

The firm also provides a full range of closing and escrow services. Our residential closings are conducted and coordinated by real estate attorneys, and benefit from attorney prepared documents derived from extensive experience in commercial and high-end residential title insurance matters. Read more about our Closing Services.

Our attorneys and staff are proud to serve our clients throughout West Central Florida, including our neighboring communities of Brandon, Riverview, Plant City, and Lithia and FishHawk, and elsewhere in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, and surrounding counties.

Our Difference

The attorneys of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., are focused on providing an unparalleled level of personal service to their clients. We strive to be available to our clients and offer a higher level of responsiveness and individual attention to our clients than many expect of lawyers. Whether executing a multi-million dollar transaction or a basic estate plan, you will work directly with our attorneys. We value the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with our clients and to be the first call when legal needs arise. To better serve our Spanish speaking clients, se habla Español.

As a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, we are uniquely positioned to quickly co-counsel with qualified legal counsel throughout the United States and overseas when the interests of our clients reach beyond the State of Florida. Read more about Primerus.

Our Attorneys

Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's oldest and most respected law firm directory, has given a rating of "AV" - the highest rating available - to both Robert W. Bivins, the firm Managing Partner, and Scott K. Smylie, who serves in an Of Counsel capacity. The firm also is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers published by Martindale-Hubbell. Robert W. Bivins has also been selected to Florida Super Lawyers.

Our attorneys are members of the Florida Bar and North Carolina State Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Brandon Bar Association, and are listed in Martindale-Hubbell,, Avvo, Justia, and other major online legal directories. We are also listed in regional directories, including the Brandon Directory. We welcome the opportunity to share our qualifications and achievements with new and existing clients through these channels. Read more about Our Attorneys.

The attorneys of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., are dedicated to meaningful community involvement and volunteer their time and efforts to a number of professional and community service organizations in Hillsborough County, including the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Campo Family YMCA/Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc., Optimist Club of Tampa, Leadership Brandon, Greater Brandon Community Foundation, Inc., The Tampa Connection, and Leadership Tampa.

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