Jim Rives is a partner in the Montgomery office. His practice consists primarily of serving as a mediator and defending personal injury cases.
Jim also defends cases/claims brought under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act, including wrongful termination. He received certification as a mediator by Litigation Alternatives in 1999 and is also certified as an appellate mediator and foreclosure mediator. As a result of his reputation as an effective and diligent mediator for over 20 years and in more than 1,800 cases, Jim is regularly selected as a mediator by his fellow attorneys and has been appointed as a mediator by the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and Circuit Courts throughout Alabama. Jim is listed on the Alabama State Court Mediation Roster and has previously served on the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution. He also serves as an arbitrator.
He is an active litigator, having tried cases at all levels of Alabama’s state and federal courts. Jim is also a frequent seminar lecturer and an appellate mediation trainer.
Jim has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal skills and ethics recognized by that publication. He has also been honored by the Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his regular practice, he is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, American Arbitration Association (AAA), Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
Prior to law school, Jim received a B.S., in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
A lifelong resident of Montgomery, Jim and his wife, Tracey, are the parents of three adult children: Wade, Walker and Hunter. Active in the community, and in his church, he also serves as a Sunday School teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Jim’s hobbies include serving the needs of others in the community, hunting, fishing, and SEC athletics.