John B. Bates, Jr., Esq.

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Personal Injury/Torts

John B. Bates, Jr., Esq. has been practicing law since 1974 and mediating full time since 1991. He has successfully mediated several thousand cases on a wide range of issues and is particularly skilled in resolving complex, multi-party disputes. A third of these matters were personal injury cases, many involving catastrophic injuries with complicated product liability and insurance coverage issues. He is skilled in managing the emotional aspects of these matters. He splits his time between his family residences in Northern California and Hawaii.

Representative Mediations

  • Air crash cases
  • Complicated product liability cases
  • Construction accident cases
  • Defective seatbelt cases
  • Electrocution cases
  • Gas pipeline explosion, multiple injuries, and deaths
  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Mining accident involving defective crane
  • Plant explosion with deaths
  • Rollover cases
  • Toxic exposure cases
  • Transformer explosion
  • Vehicular accident cases involving automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and highway design
  • Wrongful death cases
  • Wrongful life case

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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