John B. Bates, Jr., Esq.

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Class Action/Mass Tort
John Bates, Jr., Esq. has been practicing law since 1974 and mediating full time since 1991. Having litigated many complicated matters, including class actions, when he was a litigation partner at Cooley Godward in San Francisco, John is comfortable mediating large, complex, multi-party disputes. He splits his time between his family residences in Northern California and Hawaii.

Representative Mediations

  • Class action consumer case involving airbags in vehicles, settlement
  • Class action consumer dispute involving condition of 400,000 vehicles, settlement
  • Class action involving disability access to college in California, settlement
  • Class action toxic contamination dispute in Alabama, multi-million dollar settlement
  • Class action wage and hour case in California, multi-million dollar settlement
  • Class action business disputes in Missouri, $100 million settlement
  • Class action employment dispute in Idaho, multi-million dollar settlement
  • Class action invasion of privacy case in California, multi-million dollar settlement
  • Environmental contamination dispute in California, multi-million dollar settlement
  • Mass medical malpractice claims in Illinois and New York, $2 million settlement
  • Class action deceptive advertising in California

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: California, 2014-2017
  • Past Vice-Chair of the ADR Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law
  • Member of, speaker, and writer for the American Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Defense Research Institute
  • Member of and speaker for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Association and Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the American Health Lawyer Association
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, 2010-2012
  • Among many articles are:
    • "Mediation: An Effective Way to Connect With Your Clients," ABTL Report, Vol. 17 (Summer 2008) and also in the American Bar Association’s The Brief, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Spring 2009)
    • "For Emergency Disputes, Mediation is Cure," Law 360 (2008)
    • "Using ADR to Resolve Superfund and Related Environmental Disputes," California ADR Practice Guide (November 1994)
    • "Getting the Most from Mediation," California Litigation, Vol. 7 (Spring 1994)
    • "Using Mediation to Win for Your Client," The Practical Lawyer (1992)

Background and Education

  • Co-founder, Bates Edwards Group in 1991 that subsequently merged with Endispute and then with JAMS in 1994
  • Litigation Partner, Cooley, Godward, San Francisco, 1974-1991
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1970


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