Rick Rivera, Esq.

Rick is a firm partner. He and his wife Patricia enjoy sailing and spending time at the beach. He is an Angel Tree sponsor and a former police officer. He joined the firm in 2007.

Attorney Rick Rivera

Professional Associations

  • Avvo Rating – 10
  • Clearwater Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Fraternity
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity (Former Treasurer)

Honors & Awards

  • Book Awards in Evidence, Florida Criminal Practice, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure I
  • Dean’s List


  • J.D., Cum Laude, Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
  • B.A. State University of New York

Past Employment:

  • Office of the Public Defender., Sixth Circuit, Pinellas County, FL., Former Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender., Former Certified Legal Intern
  • Florida State University, Former University Defender
  • Florida State University, Former Student Mentor
  • Former Police Officer


  • Spanish

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