Robert C. Rives, IV


Bobby counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including training, conducting investigations, defending administrative charges and litigation matters and appeals before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and state and federal courts throughout Kentucky. He has experience handling issues involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and many other state and federal statutes and regulations governing employment disputes.

He also represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including claims of product liability (variety of products), personal injury, negligence, premises liability, professional malpractice, automobile liability and nursing home litigation. He has successfully handled jury and bench trials in Kentucky and Indiana. Bobby has appeared before numerous courts throughout Kentucky as well as the United States District Courts for the eastern and western districts of Kentucky and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He represents a wide range of clients including all types of employers, individuals, retail and restaurant businesses, medical and legal professionals, municipal entities and insurance companies.

Prior to joining Dinsmore, Bobby practiced with a mid-sized Kentucky-based litigation firm for several years in various civil litigation practice areas.

He serves on the firm’s Recruiting and Professional Development committees.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2004)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 2001)
    • Business Management & Marketing

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Leadership Louisville Center Ignite 
  • Friends of Frazier Rehabilitation Hospital Board


  • Kentucky Rising Star®