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Robert Rivas

Robert Rivas

also known as Robert D. Rivas, Rob Rivas

About me

Robert Rivas is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Though he is certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in appeals, he also has 22 years of experience in trial courts, litigating cutting-edge constitutional issues and complex commercial cases.


A former newspaper reporter and editor, his writing is exceptional, and, unlike that of most lawyers, never sounds like legalese except when it must. He has vast experience in actions for defamation (libel and slander), and in cases pertaining to the right to death with dignity.


As the chair of the appellate practice group at the Palm Beach County-based law firm Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L., working out of its Tallahassee office, Mr. Rivas conducts appellate proceedings on behalf of both appellants and appellees, petitioners and respondents, filing and opposing direct appeals and petitions for writs of certiorari, prohibition and mandamus in state and federal courts in Florida and across the country. He won a case in the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2012, and in 2013 he was conducting appeals in the Court of Appeals of Minnesota and the Supreme Court of Minnesota.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 35%
    24 years, 100 cases
  2. Constitutional: 24%
    24 years, 100 cases
  3. Commercial: 15%
    24 years, 200 cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    24 years, 200 cases
  5. Other: 16%
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Attorney endorsements

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  • Leonard Wilder

    One of the finest appellate attorneys I know. We have worked together on several appeals and Robert is truly an expert when it comes to appellate work.


    Leonard Wilder Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark D Nyvold

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Rivas as local counsel on a criminal appeal that raised a First Amendment free-speech issue. It quickly became apparent to me that he is a highly skilled attorney with very strong writing and oral argument skills. He is able to discern the most important points in what are often complex legal and factual situations, and to state in clear and persuasive language the outcome the court should adopt. Mr. Rivas is an open and personable person, easy to work with, and has good listening skills. I would recommend him to anyone who wants high quality representation in an appellate case.


    Mark Nyvold Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L.

660 E Jefferson St Ste 202
Tallahassee, FL, 323012547


FLMember in Good Standing199109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated Since 1997Martindale-Hubbell2013
Board Certified - Appellate PracticeFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2010
Hall of FameIndependent Florida Alligator1999
President's Pro Bono Service AwardFlorida Bar1998
Class 16Leadership Florida1998
Valedictory score on Bar Exam, 4th DistrictFlorida Bar1991
Summa Cum LaudeNova Law School1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselFinal Exit Network, Inc.2007 - Present
PartnerSachs Sax Caplan, P.L.2004 - Present
PrincipalThe Rivas Law Firm1996 - 2004
AssociateHolland & Knight1993 - 1996
AssociateFoley & Lardner, LLP1991 - 1993
Summer ClerkFlorida Fourth District Court Of Appeal1989 - 1989
Deputy Metro EditorThe Palm Beach Post1985 - 1988
Freelance writerCentral America and the Caribbean1985 - 1985
Foreign EditorCaribbean Business1984 - 1984
VolunteerPeace Corps1983 - 1984
Staff WriterThe Miami Herald1979 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel SectionAttorney Member2002 - 2011
Tallahassee Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2012
Florida Bar FoundationLifetime Member1997 - Present
Libel Defense Resource Center, Defense Counsel SectionAttorney Member1996 - 2002
ABA Media Law CommitteeMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1991 - Present
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Final Exit Network, Inc. v. Georgia, 290 Ga. 508, 722 S.E.2d 722 (2012)We won
Palm Beach County Health Care Dist. v. Professional Medical Educ., Inc., 13 So. 3d 1090 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)We won
McIver v. Krischer, 65 U.S.L.W. 2544, 1997 WL 225878 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Jan. 31, 1997), rev’d, 697 So. 2d 97 (Fla. 1997)We won at trial and lost on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Florida Bar JournalWHEN IS A ‘PRIVATE’ DOCUMENT A PUBLIC RECORD?, 67 Fla. Bar Journal 52 (Dec.1993)1993
Nova Law ReviewRivas, ACCESS TO ‘PRIVATE’ DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT, 16 Nova Law Rev. 1229 (1992)1992
The Florida Bar JournalRivas, PROBATE OF A LOST WILL IN FLORIDA, 65 Fla. Bar Journal 44 (Oct. 1991)1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of FloridaJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
on the First Amendment and the Right to Death With DignityToo many to list, I often speak to groups and in the media2013
21st Annual Local Government Law in Florida SeminarCLE, “Public Records and Government in the Sunshine Laws: Media Perspective, Developing Case Law and Legislative Update"1998
University of Miami Law School health law classGuest Lecturer on Law and Ethics of Physician Aid in Dying1997
Nova University Law Center’s Health Law ClassGuest Lecturer on Law and Ethics of Physician Aid in Dying1997
Florida Freedom of Information Summit, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of FloridaOpen Government Laws1997
Public Interest Law AssociationPanelist on the effect of O.J. Simpson trial on media and trial coverage issues1995