Kym Rivellini lived in North Miami Beach until she was admitted to the University of Florida in 1987. She studied psychology for which she received a Bachelor of Science as well as a Minor in Sociology. She attended Stetson University College of Law where she served on the Law Review and graduated in 1995 with a Juris doctor degree. Kym Rivellini prosecuted criminal cases for the 6th Judicial Circuit under Bernie McCabe from 1995-1999 as an Assistant State Attorney. Mrs. Rivellini left the State Attorneys Office to practice Criminal Defense with Denis deVlaming where she continues to practice today. Her office is located at 1101 Turner Street in Clearwater, Florida, 33756. She may be reached by phone at (727) 461-0525; or by fax at (727) 461-7930.
While balancing a busy schedule between work and children, Mrs. Rivellini remains dedicated to donating time to the legal community. Kym Rivellini has served as the Chair of the People’s Law School, Criminal Law Section, since 2006. The People’s Law School is an annual educational event partnered through the Clearwater Bar and St. Pete College. Mrs. Rivellini has also led the Criminal Law Section of the Bench & BBQ, serving as the moderator between our local judges and attorneys to promote camaraderie and professionalism. Mrs. Rivellini has spoken at seminars on behalf of the Florida Bar on the topic of professionalism and ethics. Most recently, Mrs. Rivellini participated at the annual Pro Bono event, Law Fest, offering legal advice to members of the St. Petersburg community.
In addition to several professional associations (Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Trial Lawyers Association and the Clearwater Bar), Kym Rivellini has been asked to accept a post on the Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Most notably, however, is her position as author for the Clearwater Bar’s publication of the Res Ipsa Loquitor, where she writes for the Criminal Practice section and has received numerous compliments from her readers, including judges and other lawyers.
In her spare time, Mrs. Rivellini is an avid, albeit slow, runner. She has completed 5 marathons and continues to participate in numerous half marathons throughout the year. She also ran 40 miles on her 40th birthday. As if that wasn’t enough, she completed the Pinellas Trail Challege which spans the entire length of the Pinellas Trail from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, a race that consists of 46 miles and fortuitously fell on her 46th birthday.
Ms. Rivellini recently defended two clients who were arrested after being found sleeping behind the wheel. In both cases evidence reflected that the driver was impaired, and in the one case, particularly intoxicated. After legal research, Ms. Rivellini was able to formulate Motions to Suppress and argue to the respective Judges that the law enforcement officer should never have been able to make the arrest. In both cases, her motions were granted and the cases were thrown out. One of those cases was the basis for a serious felony Violation of Probation (VOP), and the Violation of Probation was also dismissed.
Multiple Drug Charges
Ms. "M," a young woman, was arrested for over 10 drug felonies on different occasions, including Attempted Trafficking, for her contact with prescription pills. Ms. Rivellini, recognizing the severity of the addiction, immediately got Ms. "M" out of jail and into rehab. Ms. Rivellini was able to secure a situation where the 10+ charges were reduced down to two, making the client eligible for Drug Court and the counseling she so desperately needed. Even though the client relapsed on several occasions, Ms. Rivellini stuck with her relentlessly, until Ms. "M" was able to finally successfully complete probation. Ms. "M" is clean and sober with no felony convictions on her record and is in the process of getting them sealed.
Violation of Injunction
Mr. "R" was charged with violating an injunction for repeat violence put in place by a neighbor in his condominium complex. The injunction required that Mr. "R" remain at least 500 feet away from the woman who made the complaint. There had been some ongoing disputes leading up to this charge. Mr. "R" had in fact come within the restricted distance while carrying out his duties as a board member at the condominium. At trial, Ms. Rivellini was able to encourage the sitting Judge to look beyond the wording of the injunction and into the intent of the restriction. Even after the woman, her sister, another neighbor and two police officers testified for the State, Ms. Rivellini won a "Not Guilty" verdict.
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I endorse this lawyer. Mr deVlaming is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the Tampa area. His presentation, presence and passion are masterful in the courtroom.
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Attorney Denis deVlaming is a legal icon. He is an exceptionally experienced criminal defense attorney. Denis is one of the most eloquent yet down to earth attorneys in the entire state. He is able to break down and explain complex matters in a manner that is easy for a juror or a client to und(...)
Denis deVlaming is one the most, if not THE most, respected criminal defense attorney in the Tampa Bay area. No wordy endorsement needed for him....Denis is the best in the business!
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Denis is an excellent lawyer. He is well-known throughout the state of Florida as a leader in the criminal defense arena. He is passionate about the law and aggressive in the defense of his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
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Without question, Denis is a preeminent lawyer in both the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida. Denis is an honorable, brilliant trial lawyer. In fact, he is among the finest criminal trial lawyers in Florida, if not the nation. I have had the pleasure of working on and trying several cases(...)
Denis is an excellent lawyer. I frequently consult with him. I have the utmost respect for his abilities as an attorney.
Ms. Rivellini, I was a juror in the "V" case. The judge stated that attorneys welcome feedback thus my note to you. First, I would like to compliment you on your professionalism and style. Personally, I found your approach and handling of the witnesses to be far above the 'theatrics' and yellin(...)
I was recently a jury foreman on the above captioned case heard at the Criminal Justice Center. Exclusive of the subject matter of this sexual battery case, this was a totally pleasant and invigorating two days. I was totally impressed with Ms. Rivellini and her co-counsel. They conducted thems(...)
Former Assistant Public Defender/Current Private Defense Attorney
Mrs. Rivellini is a tremendous asset to the legal profession and this community. She has the right balance of intelligence, poise, and tenacity. Because of her passion and commitment, Mrs. Rivellini routinely obtains great results for her clients.
James A. Martin Jr.
Chairman in Macfarlane, Ferguson and McMullen, PA
Our firm does not practice in the criminal defense area. I refer all of our clients to the Law offices of deVlaming & Rivellini, PA. Denis and Kym do a great job and our clients are pleased and relieved. Personally, I do not think anyone is better.
Mr. A went out to dinner with his wife. Upon returning to his vehicle, he began to back out of the parking place onto the road. He pulled back in when he saw traffic approaching. As he did, the engine raced and the car took off. It struck a woman who was sitting on the curb, killing her. A traf(...)
A past client (Mr. B) had a few drinks at a local bar and then left on his motorcycle. He stopped at an intersection waiting for traffic to clear and then pulled out. Unfortunately, behind the last car was another motorcycle occupied by its driver and passenger. The vehicles collided and the pa(...)
A past client (Mr. C) had a friend who felt revenge toward another man. The client and his friend went to another man's property and dug a grave. The landowner later testified that the men told him not to call the police if they returned late that same night. The following day, the landowner sa(...)
A husband and wife had a 13-year-old daughter. She was an only child. They absolutely adored her. She was going through a time in her life when she had braces on her teeth. On one occasion, after she got home from the orthodontist, she complained to her mother that the braces were causing her a(...)
A past client (Mr. D) was a passenger in a car along with two other male friends. They stopped in the middle of the road to look at a boat that was in someone's driveway when another group of men, in another vehicle, honked their horn to get by. Words were exchanged and the situation escalated.(...)
A past client (Mr. E) was charged with 10 counts of child molestation. He was a teacher at a local school teaching second grade. He was a big man that could easily have been mistaken for Santa Claus. Equally friendly and involved as a teacher. All the children loved him. As he walked down the h(...)
Mr. deVlaming handled the first "Romeo and Juliet" motion in the state of Florida after a new statute was enacted allowing for individuals to get off the sex registry if their offense did not involve violence, the age between the accused and the alleged victim was no more than four years, they (...)
A past client (Ms. F) was arrested and charged by the state of Florida with trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs. Because of the quantity of drugs in her possession, the minimum sentence under the law was 25 years in state prison. An exhaustive medical history as well as previous attempts at dru(...)
A past client (Mr. G) and a group of his friends went to a bar in Tampa. Everyone was having a good time when he accidentally bumped into another man who got angry. Words were exchanged inside the bar and it ultimately ended out on the sidewalk. After the man was pushed down, someone kicked him(...)
The former United States attorney for the middle District of Florida was charged with battery in what became the longest battery trial in the history of the state of Florida. Mr. H was heading home from watching a high school football game with his wife driving and three of their nine children (...)
A past client (Mr. I) dated a girl who became pregnant. She wanted to get married. He did not. They agreed to terminate the pregnancy but to stay together. Ultimately, he broke off the relationship. She was sad and angry. Late one night, months later, he showed up at her door wanting to resume (...)
Mr. "R" was charged with violating an injunction for repeat violence put in place by a neighbor in his condominium complex. The injunction required that Mr. "R" remain at least 500 feet away from the woman who made the complaint. There had been some ongoing disputes leading up to this charge. M(...)
Ms. "M," a young woman, was arrested for over 10 drug felonies on different occasions, including Attempted Trafficking, for her contact with prescription pills. Ms. Rivellini, recognizing the severity of the addiction, immediately got Ms. "M" out of jail and into rehab. Ms. Rivellini was able t(...)
Ms. Rivellini recently defended two clients who were arrested after being found sleeping behind the wheel. In both cases evidence reflected that the driver was impaired, and in the one case, particularly intoxicated. After legal research, Ms. Rivellini was able to formulate Motions to Suppress (...)
Client G went out to dinner with a friend and had a few drinks. After leaving the restaurant, and while obeying all traffic laws, a teenager darted across the street and was struck by the client's vehicle. The young man was killed. A subsequent investigation showed that the teenager drank an ex(...)
A single mother was driving her three young children to a doctor's appointment. It was a rainy day and temperatures did not get out of the 70s. While taking care of a few errands, she stopped to pick up her cell phone that was being repaired. She parked in front of the front door. Because it w(...)