Bivins & Hemenway Wins Primerus Community Service Award

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Tampa Bay area law firm of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. wins the Primerus Community Service Award at the 2010 Primerus Annual Conference.

We have always stressed to our lawyers and professional staff the value of giving back to our local community

Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., located in Valrico, FL, is pleased to announce that the firm recently won the Primerus Community Service Award at the 2010 Primerus Annual Conference. The firm won the award following a vote of the Primerus membership based on the firm’s participation in numerous community service events, dedication to providing pro bono legal services, and active involvement with a number of local charitable and civic organizations, including but not limited to the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon, Optimist Club of Tampa, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Greater Brandon Community Foundation, and local school associations and advisory councils.

“We have always stressed to our lawyers and professional staff the value of giving back to our local community,” says Robert W. Bivins, Managing Partner of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., “and that often involved more than just writing a check. That commitment often means rolling up your sleeves and leaving your comfort zone to help your neighbors in these challenging times. Although no one at the firm undertakes community service for the recognition, we were nevertheless all very honored to receive what is Primerus’ most prestigious annual award.    When you look at the size of the Primerus network of law firms and the deep commitment to community service that every Primerus member has, we were more than a little humbled to be selected.”

Primerus firms are characterized by their commitment to the Six Pillars of Primerus, one of which is Community Service. Primerus members contribute countless hours to leadership activities, pro bono legal services, fundraising, volunteering, and other community service endeavors. It is for this reason that Primerus created its Community Service Award to showcase the firms whom have shown extraordinary service and dedication to their local communities in the following community service categories: (i) Promoting Youth and Education; (ii) Leadership in Community Not for Profit; (iii) Organizations; (iv) Promoting Local Business and Economic Development; (v) Promoting Professional Involvement; (vi) Community Fundraisers; and (vii) Pro Bono Efforts.

Each summer, Primerus members are asked to submit a summary of their firm’s community service efforts and activities that they were involved in during the prior year. All submissions are collected and reviewed by the Primerus Nominating Committee, which is comprised of the Chairs of the Primerus Institutes. After careful consideration, the Nominating Committee selects the top three finalists. The winner is then determined by the Primerus members through online voting. Only the submissions of the three finalists are revealed to Primerus’ members. However, for the sake of anonymity, the names, locations, and any other possible identifiers are removed. The Primerus Community Service Award winner is announced at the Primerus Annual Conference, which takes place in October.

About Bivins & Hemenway, P.A.:
Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., is a full service, AV-rated, commercial law firm serving clients across central Florida and the Florida west coast 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 lawyers and professional staff are proud of the role they have played over the years in countless successful business transactions and real estate projects, as well as in zealously advocating the interests of their clients.

Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., is also a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus). Primerus is the leading alliance of small and medium-sized, top-rated, independent firms. Primerus has 160 law firms located in Canada, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and 44 states in the United States. Primerus firms provide clients with responsive, partner-level service at reasonable fees. Law firms in the U.S. and Canada must be AV-rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service. For firms outside of North America, consideration is given to respected resources such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA, and IFLR 1000. Additionally, once approved for membership, every Primerus firm is audited annually to ensure that the legal services they continue to provide to clients are of a consistently high quality year after year. Each member is committed to the following standards: Integrity, Excellent Work Product, Reasonable Fees, Continuing Legal Education, Civility and Community Service.

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