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John B. Bates, Jr., Esq.

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Julie McCool
T: 415-774-2612
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111

John B. Bates, Jr., Esq. has been practicing law since 1974 and mediating full time since 1991. He has successfully mediated several thousand cases in 30 states on a wide range of issues and is particularly skilled in resolving highly charged, emotional disputes. About 25-30% of these matters involved employment. Parties have included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and school districts.

Many of the employment cases John Bates has settled involved insurance coverage and securities issues. He has extensive experience settling cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and wage and hour claims. He splits his time between his family residences in Northern California and Hawaii.

Representative Mediations

  • Numerous class action cases involving discrimination
  • Numerous discrimination cases involving race, gender, age, disability, and religion
  • Numerous sexual harassment cases, including same sex, minors, and battery involving same
  • Numerous wage and hour class actions
  • Numerous wrongful termination cases, with intellectual property issues
  • Numerous disputes concerning family held businesses and closely held corporations, where disputants were and were not represented by counsel
  • Numerous disputes involving high level executives and attendant securities issues
  • 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)
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    • “Mediation is about process, patience, and perseverance.”

       John B. Bates, Jr.




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