Capell & Howard P.C. Attorneys At Law Montgomery & Auburn/Opelika, AL

Robert D. Rives


(334) 241-8085


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.

Bobby is a transaction attorney who has worked with clients of all sizes across many industries such as real estate, entertainment, technology, and finance. His approach is to help clients prioritize their needs in a particular deal and then to structure and negotiate the transaction in a way that pursues those specific needs. 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, redevelopment, 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 is a fellow with the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and 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. Additionally, Bobby represents lenders in commercial and residential foreclosures and workouts.

Bobby has been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the area of Real Estate Law every year since 2018.

Bobby’s experience as a musician gives him a perspective that is appreciated by both artists and others who value creativity in analyzing transactions. Prior to attending law school, Bobby worked in musical artist representation where he enjoyed a wide variety of experiences. He draws on the highs of those experiences such as working with major record labels and producers, and managing the financial and day to day aspects of touring. He also draws on the not-so-highs of counting t-shirts at the end of the night and trying to find a tour bus to replace the one sitting on the side of the Interstate!


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 in Montgomery Area, 2018-Present
Fellow with the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic Scholarship

Publications and Lectures

“Financing the Condominium Project,” in conjunction with the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education (CLE presentation), December 2008
“Easement Law,” in conjunction with Alabama State Bar Association Annual Meeting (CLE presentation), June 2000
Faulkner Law School Guest and Substitute Lecturer on Real Property, Land Use Planning

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Alabama Christian Academy:
Chair of Board of Directors, 2014 – 2017
Vice-Chair of Board, 2012-2014; 2017-2020
Served as chair and member of various committees
Pro-bono legal services

Compassion 21, Inc. (f/k/a Montgomery Inner City Ministry, Inc.):
Member of Board of Directors
Pro-bono legal services

Landmark Church:
Deacon for Adult Education
Volunteer leader in teen ministry
Pro-bono legal services

American Journal of Tax Policy:
Student Editor

Contact Information

150 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

p: (334) 241-8085

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Legal Assistant

Teresa Hudson

p: (334) 241-8022

f: (334) 323-8888


Lisa Losole

p: (334) 241-8075

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