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J.D., cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 1996

B.S.B.A., Auburn University at Montgomery, 1990

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1996

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law

University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic Scholarship

Bobby Rives is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1996. He received his B.S.B.A. from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1990 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Alabama in 1996. While at the University of Alabama, Bobby was a Student Editor for the American Journal of Tax Policy. In addition, Bobby was awarded the University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic Scholarship.

As Chair of the firm’s Real Estate section, Bobby concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and finance, with a special emphasis on real estate development and commercial lending. He regularly advises clients in the acquisition, development and operation of a variety of commercial and residential real estate projects, such as shopping centers, multifamily properties, condominiums, mixed-use developments and traditional neighborhood developments. Further, Bobby represents landlords and tenants in all types of commercial leasing negotiations.

Bobby routinely represents lenders and borrowers in connection with a wide array of construction and permanent financing facilities, including participating loans, for commercial properties such as shopping centers, apartments, office buildings, hotels and planned unit developments. His practice also involves a special emphasis on representation of lenders making construction and permanent loans for multifamily housing for lower-income households, including loans that are made in connection with HOME loans, Section 42 tax credits and Affordable Housing Program grants. Further, Bobby represents lenders in commercial and residential foreclosures and workouts.

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Student Editor, American Journal of Tax Policy

Q & A

What do you find most exciting/rewarding about your work?

With transaction work, both parties usually walk away happy from a deal. Someone wanted to buy, someone else wanted to sell and they both got what they want. I enjoy finding creative solutions to shepherding those processes, and at times keeping them alive when there are tough negotiations!

Why did you choose to work at Capell & Howard?

My wife is from the Montgomery area. I’m not, but I knew Montgomery would be our home. I didn’t know anyone at Capell Howard, but met one of the attorneys when he came to the University of Alabama to award a Tax Scholarship I had won. As we talked waiting for the ceremony to start, I learned a little about Capell Howard’s strong and long presence in the community, the type of work they did, and the type of people they obviously were. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of the firm.