Mr. Bates is based in San Francisco, California. His practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on litigation involving financial services, ERISA, and antitrust. Mr. Bates was part of the team of plaintiffs’ attorneys that tried Healy et al. v. Cox Communications (W.D. Okla.), an antitrust class action involving an alleged tying arrangement, to verdict in 2015. Mr. Bates currently represents plaintiffs in In Re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, 13-md-2481 (S.D.N.Y.) and In Re Anadarko Basin Oil And Gas Lease Antitrust Litigation, 5:16-cv-00209 (W.D. Okla.). Mr. Bates is an experienced representative of corporate clients in commercial litigation, and recently represented a Fortune 100 company in a private arbitration that resulted in settlement for an undisclosed amount. Mr. Bates has also represented both individuals and corporate clients in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Bates is active in the Bar Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association (“SFTLA”), and was a speaker at ACI’s 15th National Forum on ERISA Litigation.
Mr. Bates graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where he served as the Senior Articles Editor for the ABA’s Administrative Law Review. While in law school Mr. Bates wrote and published a law review article, and represented the Washington College of Law in the Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, where he and his team finished as semi-finalists. Mr. Bates received his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies from Emory University.
Prior to joining Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP, Mr. Bates was a judicial intern in the chambers of The Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.