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 15 years, and has been 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, business law, and real estate transactions.

Practice Areas:

Real Estate; Real Estate Development; Real Estate Title Insurance; Business Law; Corporate Law; Commercial Law; Commercial Real Estate; Banks and Banking; Mortgage Law; Property Law; Finance; Contracts; Leases and Leasing; Wills; Trusts and Estates; Environmental Law; Probate; Agency and Distributorships; Partnership Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Mediation; Construction Law; Copyrights; Debtor and Creditor; 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, 2010, 2011
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, Board of Trustees, 2014-present
    • Chairman, Primerus Business Law Institute – North America, 2011-12
    • Co-Chairman, Commercial Law Group, 2009-12
Civic Membership and Activities:
  • Brandon Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, 2014-
    • Chairman, 2018-
  • 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)
  • Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (Past Director, Advisory Board)
  • Brandon Family YMCA Advisory Board (Past Chairman)
  • Optimist Club of Tampa (Director and Past President)
  • Tampa Connection
    • Chairman, 1997-98
  • 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