Mr. Bates is based in San Francisco, California. His practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on litigation involving ERISA and antitrust violations.
Mr. Bates currently represents a class of indirect purchasers of foreign exchange instruments. Mr. Bates also represents institutional plaintiffs in several ongoing antitrust matters, including multidistrict litigation concerning the pricing and marketing of generic pharmaceuticals.
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. He also currently represents the former equity holders of a pharmaceutical development company in an ongoing commercial contract dispute in Delaware Chancery Court.
In addition to his California bar admission, Mr. Bates is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in ongoing litigation concerning breaches of Puerto Rico’s data privacy laws. He also represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in cases involving allegations of price-fixing and antitrust violations, including as a direct action plaintiff in the In Re Broiler Chicken multidistrict litigation.
Mr. Bates has also represented both individuals and corporate clients in arbitration 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.