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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 managing the delicate emotional aspects of legal and medical malpractice claims. He splits his time between his family residences in Northern California and Hawaii.

Representative Mediations

  • Legal Malpractice:
    • Commercial transactions
    • Dissolution of marriages
    • Fee disputes
    • Personal injury
    • Real estate transactions
    • Trademark
    • Trusts and estates
  • Medical Malpractice:
    • Mass malpractice cases involving cosmetic procedure in Chicago, New York, and Southern California
    • Cases involving surgeries, childbirth, elder abuse, and hospital care
    • Failure to diagnose cancer cases
    • Pharmacist malpractice cases
    • Psychotherapy malpractice cases
    • Sexual misconduct between psychotherapist and patient
    • Sexual molestation of patient cases
  • 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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