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Robert ("Bob") Bivins is Managing Partner of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., a full service commercial law firm emphasizing real estate, business law, and estate planning and serving clients throughout West Central Florida from offices located in the commercial heart of the fast-growing community of Brandon, Florida. I am deeply committed to providing sophisticated legal services to my clients in a timely, practical, and effective manner that emphasizes value, and personal attention.  I also have made a strong personal commitment to community involvement in various civic, charitable, and business associations within my community. Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's oldest law firm directory, has rated me "AV" (the highest rating available). An “AV” rating is given to approximately 6% of law firms and lawyers nationwide based both on professional expertise and ethical standards. Our firm also is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers published by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, which is a nationwide alliance of law firms carefully selected for membership based on each firm’s proven dedication to the highest standards of integrity, civility, and quality of work product.  A life long Tampa Bay area native, in addition to my law practice I also am co-owner of cattle operations in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties and a property management company operating in the Tampa Bay area.  


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    31 years
  2. Business: 20%
    31 years
  3. Corporate: 20%
    31 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    18 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Bivins & Hemenway, P.A.

1060 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico, FL, 33596-6105


FLMember in Good Standing198506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Florida Super Lawyer 2011Super Lawyers2011
ListedBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2011
Primerus Community Service AwardInternational Society of Primerus Law Firms2010
Florida Super Lawyer 2010Super Lawyers2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Florida Super Lawyer 2009Super Lawyers2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Editor-in-ChiefUniversity of Florida Law Review1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBivins & Hemenway, P.A.2007 - Present
ShareholderFuller Holsonback Bivins & Malloy, P.A.1998 - 2007
PartnerGlenn Rasmussen & Fogarty1987 - 1998
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Parker Lee McDonaldFlorida Supreme Court1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brandon Regional HospitalMember, Board of Trustees2014 - Present
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsMember, Board of Directors2014 - Present
International Council of Shopping CentersMember2010 - Present
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.Board Member, Chairman, Campo Family YMCA2007 - Present
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsMember, Primerus Business Law Institute2007 - Present
Tampa Bay Real Estate Investment CouncilMember2000 - Present
Leadership Brandon Alumni AssociationLife Member1997 - Present
Leadership Tampa Alumni AssociationMember1997 - Present
Optimist Club of Tampa, Inc.Director, Past President1993 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember1989 - Present
Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionMember1989 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
The Florida BarMember1985 - Present
Greater Brandon Chamber of CommerceConsulting Attorney2014 - 2014
Greater Brandon Chamber of CommerceChairman2012 - 2013
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsChairman, Primerus Business Law Institute - North America2011 - 2012
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.Campo Family YMCA Annual Giving Campaign Chairman2010 - 2011
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsChair Elect, Primerus Business Law Institute2010 - 2011
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsCo-Chair, Commercial Law Group2009 - 2012
Greater Brandon Chamber of CommerceCo-Chair, Winthrop/Bloomingdale Area Council2008 - 2011
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.Metro Board Member2002 - 2003
Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, Inc.Brandon Advisory Board Member, Past Chairman1994 - 2003
The Tampa Connection, IncDirector1993 - 2002
Hillsborough County Bar Association Corporation, Banking and Business Law CommitteeChairman1989 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
International Society of Primerus Law Firms Business Law NewsletterCrude Processes and Deepwater Questions: Compensation on the Horizon2010
Primerus ParadigmHitting the "Restart Button"’ on Marketing: A Case Study for Marketing the Small Firm2009
Primerus ParadigmFor the Sustainable Firm, Why Young Lawyers Should be Heard and Not Just Seen2009
Florida Bar JournalA Tale of Two Theories: The Expanding Dimensions of Mail, Wire, and Securities Fraud Liability1988
Arbitration JournalAlternative Dispute Resolution and the Courts1987
University of Florida Law ReviewSilencing The Name Droppers: The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 19821984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of South FloridaFinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts, with honors1982
Dunedin High SchoolN/AN/A1978
St. Petersburg Junior CollegeN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commercial Lien and Bond WebinarConstruction Liens and Bonds2011
Tips to Prevent your Non Profit from Becoming Non-CompliantState and Federal Compliance Issues for Not for Profit Corporations2009
Small Business Check-UpLabor Law and Human Resource Issues2007
Florida Real Estate Title Law: Problems and SolutionsTitle Examination - Title Insurance Commitments/Abstracts of Title/Surveys2002
Advanced Principles of Title Insurance in FloridaInsuring Construction Loans2001
Keys to Success in a Real Estate TransactionIssues in Real Estate Transactions1994