Bivins & Hemenway, P.A.

Law Firm in Valrico, FL

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Firm Overview

Real Estate - Business Law - Estate Planning.

Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., is a commercial business and real estate law firm serving clients throughout West Central Florida from offices located in the commercial heart of the fast-growing community of Brandon, located just east of Tampa, Florida. The firm is committed to providing sophisticated legal services to its clients in a timely, practical, and effective manner that emphasizes value and personal attention. The firm enjoys an outstanding reputation for professional integrity and client satisfaction and its individual attorneys and professional staff are proud of the roles they have played over the years in countless successful business transactions and real estate projects. The attorneys of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., are also dedicated to meaningful community involvement in various civic, charitable, and business associations within their communities.

The firm also provides a full range of closing and escrow services. Our residential closings are conducted and coordinated by a dedicated Certified Land Closer, and benefit from attorney prepared documents derived from extensive experience in commercial and high-end residential title insurance matters.

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.

Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Commercial Law
-Corporate Law
-Real Estate
-Real Estate Development
-Real Estate Title Insurance
-Commercial Real Estate
-Banks and Banking
-Mortgage Law
-Property Law
-Finance
-Contracts
-Leases and Leasing
-Estate Planning
-Wills
-Trusts and Estates
-Probate
-Environmental Law
-Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
-Agency and Distributorships
-Partnership Law
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Mediation
-Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Intellectual Property
-Copyrights
-Trademarks
-Construction Law
-Creditors Rights
-Debtor and Creditor
-Commercial Bankruptcy
-Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy
-Secured Creditors Rights
-Unsecured Creditors Rights
-Zoning Law
-Eminent Domain
-Guardianship and Conservatorship
-Franchises and Franchising
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Premises Liability
-Agricultural Law
-Equipment Finance and Leasing
-Resorts and Leisure
-Premarital Agreements
-Cohabitation Agreements
-Animal Law
Main Office

Main Office
1060 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico  FL  33596

Phone
  • 813-643-4900
Fax
  • 813-643-4904
Business
Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. will represent your Business legal matters.
Assisting business owners and management in a comprehensive range of business and commercial law services, including, without limitation: entity selection, formation, organization, compliance, and annual servicing; contract negotiation and preparation; asset and stock purchase and sale transactions; employment and confidentiality agreements; labor law and employment issues; and general and special counsel services.

Representative Engagements of our Attorneys:

-Owners of local independent pharmacy in connection with sale to national chain.
-Local multi-division corporation in connection with a tax free reorganization and share exchange transaction.
-National chain as local counsel in connection with trademark infringement action.
-Tampa Bay based transportation broker in connection with multi-million dollar private placement.
-Technology joint venture between American and Dutch engineering firms.
-Tampa-based 501(c)(3) as borrower's counsel in connection with 20-million dollar bond issue.
-Pool supply and fast food frachisors, and various franchisees, in connection with franchise matters.
Estate Planning
Estate Planning
Preparation of wills, codicils, trusts, durable powers of attorney, designations of health care surrogate, living wills, and DNRs, as well as the representation of trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and probate proceedings of all types. Assisting unmarried clients in developing a comprehensive individualized plan that addresses in a legally enforceable manner their desires in the areas of health care, asset management, and asset succession.
Probate
Probate
Representing clients with all phases of probate administration, both summary administration and formal administration, including evaluation of the estate, appointment of personal representatives (known as the executor in other jurisdictions), identification of exempt property, homestead determinations, distribution, accounting and discharge.
Real Estate
Representing clients in the sale, purchase, transfer, development, leasing, and financing of commercial and residential real estate, as well as related issues and disputes.
Representative Engagements of our Attorneys:

-Local investment group in connection with sale of commercial plaza.
-National homebuilder in connection with the liquidation of its Florida land holdings.
-Local church in successful appeal of the denial of its ad valorem property tax exemption.
-Developer of Valrico commercial plaza in connection with project financing and development.
-International petroleum companies in connection with DRI expansions at the Port of Tampa.
-Developer of large condominium in connection with development of Naples area.
-National, regional, and community banks in connection with multi-million dollar residential and commercial financing, including SBA 504 loans.
-Residential and commercial developers in connection with projects throughout Florida.

Robert W. Bivins

Attorney in Valrico, FL

Named as Florida Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2011. Law Clerk to Chief Justice Parker Lee McDonald, Florida Supreme Court, 1985-1987. Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Law Review, 1985. Author: "Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Courts," 42 The Arbitration Journal 58, 1987; "Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction," National Business Institute, 1994; "Advanced Principals of Title Insurance in Florida," National Business Institute, 2001; "Silencing The Name Droppers: The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982," 36 University of Florida Law Review 841, 1984. Co-Author, "A Tale of Two Theories: The Expanding Dimensions of Mail, Wire, and Securities Fraud Liability," The Florida Bar Journal, October 1988. Member: Tampa Connection, Inc., 1997-1998; Leadership Tampa Alumni Association, Inc.; Leadership Brandon Alumni Association, Inc. Past Chairman, Brandon Family YMCA Advisory Board. Chairman, Campo Family YMCA Advisory Board. Past Director, Advisory Board, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc. Director and Past President, Optimist Club of Tampa, Inc. Director, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Co-Chairman: Winthrop/Bloomingdale Area Council, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce; Commercial Law Group, International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

Areas of Law:
-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
-Guardianship and Conservatorship
-Trademarks
-Intellectual Property
-Premises Liability
-Equipment Finance and Leasing
-Resorts and Leisure
-Agricultural Law
-Animal Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Managing Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1985, Florida
1986, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 1985
J.D.
with honors; Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Law Review

University Attended:
University of South Florida
Class of 1982
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Hillsborough County Bar Association (Past Chairman, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Committee, 1989-1990); The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Environmental and Land Use Law)

Hobbies & Interests:
Cattle Ranching
Education
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1985

John M. Hemenway

Attorney in Valrico, FL

John is a founding partner of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. He has been included in the Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list for real estate and has been published on estate planning topics. His educational background included substantial coursework in computer programming and systems design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. John's practice focuses on real estate transactions, estate planning and probate, and business law.

Professional Recognition: Florida Super Lawyers 2013 "Rising Stars"

Author: "Adapting to the Changing Concerns of Trusts and Estates Clients in the Current Planning Environment," Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates, Aspatore Books, 2014

Author: "Effective Estate Planning for the Modern Family in Uncertain Times," Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts and Estates in Florida, Aspatore Books, 2013

Speaker: "Uncovering the Laws of Intestacy and How They May Apply," The Probate Process From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2014

Civic: Leadership Brandon, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, 2008; Tampa Connection, 2011

Academic: Vice President, Association for Law and Business, University of Florida College of Law, 2005

Areas of Law:
-Real Estate
-Commercial Real Estate
-Real Estate Title Insurance
-Leases and Leasing
-Banks and Banking
-Business Law
-Commercial Law
-Corporate Law
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
-Contracts
-Estate Planning
-Trusts and Estates
-Probate
-Wills
-Cohabitation Agreements
-Premarital Agreements

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2006, Florida
2009, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 2005
J.D.
Cum laude; Book Award in Legal Drafting

University Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 2002
B.S.B.A.
Economics, with honors

Languages:
English

Associations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Business Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law); Hillsborough County Bar Association; International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Section)

Hobbies & Interests:
Florida homestead law, computer technology and its role in business organizations, and digital property rights
Education
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2005

Eric A. Cruz

Attorney in Valrico, FL

Eric A. Cruz is an associate attorney with Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Eric's education included a strong emphasis on business and estate planning topics, and he developed further experience with estate planning and probate matters by serving as a student extern in the probate division of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Alachua County, Florida. His interests include sports and the growing role of hispanic businesses in Florida. Eric's practice focuses on business law, real estate transactions, and estate planning.

Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
-Contracts
-Real Estate
-Commercial Real Estate
-Wills
-Real Estate Title Insurance
-Leases and Leasing
-Banks and Banking
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Planning
-Probate

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2010, Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 2010
J.D.
cum laude; Member, Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association

University Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 2007
B.S.B.A.
Management, cum laude

Languages:
Spanish

Associations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar.
Education
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2010

Kelly D. Haywood

Attorney in Valrico, FL

Former Government Appellate Counsel, Trial Defense Counsel, and Military Prosecutor. Leadership Brandon, 2009.

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Commercial Law
-Real Estate
-Banks and Banking
-Secured Creditors Rights
-Trusts and Estates
-Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy
-Unsecured Creditors Rights
-Creditors Rights
-Commercial Bankruptcy
-Eminent Domain
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-Zoning Law
-Wills
-Probate

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Attorney

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1993, North Carolina
-1997, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
-1999, U.S. Supreme Court
-2005, Florida
-2009, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Hawaii
Class of 1993
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Georgia
Class of 1989
B.B.A.
Accounting

Military:
Captain, U.S. Army JAG Corps, 1994-2001

Associations & Memberships:
Brandon and Hillsborough County Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Business Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law).

Representative Cases:
United States v. New, 55 M.J. 95 (CAAF 2001); cert. denied 534 U.S. 955, 122 S.Ct. 356 (2001); United States v. Rodriguez, 54 M.J. 156 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Martin, 53 M.J. 745 (A.C.C.A. 2000); United States v. Johnson, 53 M.J. 459 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Grigoruk, 52 M.J. 312 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Grier, 52 M.J. 30 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Pfister, 53 M.J. 158 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Brown, 54 M.J. 289 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Kulathungam, 54 M.J. 386 (CAAF 2001); United States v. Szentmiklosi, 55 M.J. 487 (CAAF 2001); United States v. Baumann, 52 M.J. 100 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Fuller, 54 M.J. 107 (CAAF 2000); United States v. Saintaude, 56 M.J. 888 (A.C.C.A. 2002); United States v. Newson, 54 M.J. 823 (A.C.C.A. 2001); United States v. Guyton-Bhatt, 54 M.J. 796 (A.C.C.A. 2001); United States v. Kinsch, 54 M.J. 641 (A.C.C.A. 2000); United States v. Quintanilla, 52 M.J. 839 (A.C.C.A. 2000); United States v. Sherman, 52 M.J. 856 (A.C.C.A. 2000); United States v. McDaniel, 52 M.J. 618 (A.C.C.A. 1999).
Education
  • University of Hawaii
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

Scott K. Smylie

Attorney in Valrico, FL

Mr. Smylie was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2004, and has practiced in both large and small law firms in commercial and residential real estate transactions, title insurance, and real estate litigation.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Real Estate
-Commercial Real Estate Contracts
-Commercial Real Estate Finance
-Real Estate Finance
-Short Sales and Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure
-Real Estate Mediation
-Real Estate Title Insurance
-Real Estate Workouts
-Debt Settlement and Negotiation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2004, Florida
2010, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Florida - Levin College of Law
Class of 2003
J.D.
with honors

University Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 1999
B.H.S., Physical Therapy

University of Florida:
Class of 2003
M.S., Real Estate

Associations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Real Property, Probate & Trust Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution).
Education
  • University of Florida - Levin College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 2003
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