Areas of Practice:
Aviation and Aerospace
Banking and Financial Services Litigation
Business Litigation/Commercial Litigation
Employment and Labor
Governmental and Regulatory Services
State and Local Government
Alabama State Bar, 1982
United States Supreme Court
Alabama Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1982; B.S., Auburn University, 1979
Civic and Professional Affiliations
Roger Bates serves as the Managing Lawyer for the firm and is Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Mr. Bates has extensive experience in complex business and commercial litigation, including business and contract disputes, insurance and financial service products, labor and employment and healthcare related litigation. Mr. Bates also has extensive experience in representing our clients before state and federal regulatory agencies and assisting them with governmental relations issues. Mr. Bates regularly represents secondary and postsecondary educational institutions in litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.
Mr. Bates has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts (both jury and non-jury), and has handled many arbitrations and meditations. Mr. Bates has served as a specially appointed Deputy Attorney General in Alabama since 1995 and often represents the State of Alabama and sub-agencies in complex and institutional reform litigation. Mr. Bates was also appointed to serve a term as the City Attorney for the City of Hoover, Alabama and he currently serves as the County Attorney for Chilton County, Alabama. He also performs a variety of municipal services for various municipalities in Alabama.
Mr. Bates has served on numerous committees of the Birmingham Bar Association and has lectured on a variety of topics for continuing legal education seminars. As General Counsel for the Alabama Pharmacy Association, Mr. Bates publishes a quarterly journal article on law and ethics. Mr. Bates is active in the Birmingham area community. Mr. Bates is a member of the American Bar Association, and of its State and Local Government Law and Litigation Sections. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation in recognition of his service to the community.
Mr. Bates was born in Clanton, Alabama. After being admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1982, he was a law clerk to Senior U.S. District Judge C. W. Allgood until 1983. In 1979, Mr. Bates received a B.S. degree from Auburn University, and in 1982, he obtained his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law. While attending law school he was awarded the Donald E. Corley Best Advocate Award, served on the National Mock Trial Team, and was an associate member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.
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