Robert W. Bivins

Managing Partner

Robert W. (“Bob”) Bivins is a founding partner and the managing partner of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Bob has held an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years, and is listed in Florida Super Lawyers. Bob is a third generation Tampa Bay area resident, who in addition to his legal practice is also involved in property management, cattle ranching, and other agricultural enterprises. Bob’s practice focuses on commercial and business law as well as real estate transactions.

Practice Areas:

Real Estate; Real Estate Development; Real Estate Title Insurance and Insured Closings; Business Law; Corporate Law; Commercial Law; Commercial Real Estate; Banks and Banking; Mortgage Law; Property Law; Finance; Mortgage Lending and Asset-Based Lending; Contracts; Leases and Leasing; Wills; Trusts and Estates; Environmental Law; Probate; Agency and Distributorships; Partnership Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Mediation; Construction Law; Intellectual Property Protection; Debtor and Creditor Law; Eminent Domain; Franchises and Franchising; Trademarks; Intellectual Property; Premises Liability; Equipment Finance and Leasing; Resorts and Leisure; Agricultural Law

Professional Recognition:
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2009-2011, 2019-2024
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Notable Managing Partners 2023
Professional Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
    • Member, Sections on: Environmental and Land Use Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Committee, 1989-1990
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
    • Member, Primerus Quality Assurance Board, 2017-present
    • Member, Board of Trustees, 2014-2016
    • Chairman, Primerus Business Law Institute – North America, 2011-12
    • Co-Chairman, Commercial Law Group, 2009-12
    • Recipient of 2011 Outstanding Service Award
Civic Membership and Activities:
  • Brandon Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, 2014-present
    • Chairman, 2018-present
  • Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce
    • Consulting Attorney, 2014
    • Chairman, 2012-13
    • Past Co-Chairman, Winthrop/Bloomingdale Area Council
    • Leadership Brandon
  • Campo Family YMCA Advisory Board (Past Chairman and 2019 Major Gifts Chair)
    • Recipient of 2010 Ray Campo Leadership Award
  • Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (Past Governing Board Member)
  • Brandon Family YMCA Advisory Board (Past Chairman)
  • Optimist Club of Tampa (Director, 2019 Secretary, and Past President)
  • Tampa Connection
    • Chairman, 1997-98
    • Advisory Board Member
    • Recipient of 2018 Betty Tribble Award
  • Leadership Brandon Alumni Association
  • Greater Brandon Community Foundation (volunteer legal counsel)


  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Parker Lee McDonald, Florida Supreme Court, 1985-1987
  • Author:
    • “Advanced Principals of Title Insurance in Florida,” National Business Institute, 2001
    • “Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction,” National Business Institute, 1994
    • “Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Courts,” 42 The Arbitration Journal 58, 1987
    • Co-Author, “A Tale of Two Theories: The Expanding Dimensions of Mail, Wire, and Securities Fraud Liability,” The Florida Bar Journal, October 1988
    • “Silencing The Name Droppers: The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982,” 36 University of Florida Law Review 841, 1984
  • Speaker: “Tips to Prevent Your Non-Profit from Becoming Non-Compliant,” Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce and Greater Brandon Community Foundation Non-Profit Seminar Series, 2009
  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1985
    • Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Law Review, 1985
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1982
Bar and Court Admissions:
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1986
  • Florida, 1985

Robert W. Bivins

Robert W. Bivins
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