Douglas B. Bates: Lawyer with Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Douglas B. Bates

Jeffersonville,  IN  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Business Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith & Regulatory Litigation
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Gaming
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Torts & Insurance Practice
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Litigation
  • Airports/Aviation
University Indiana University Southeast, B.A., History, 1989, Chancellor's List 1988, Dean's List; Student Body President 1988; Student of the Year Award 1988; History Student of the Year 1988; Alpha Chi Honor Society
Law SchoolIndiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, J.D., cum laude, 1992
Admitted1992, Indiana and Kentucky; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


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Indiana Bar Association

Clark County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

BornMemphis, Indiana, June 17, 1965

Doug Bates is an experienced trial lawyer who has been with the firm since 1992. He appears in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and Kentucky and has argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Bates regularly defends aviation clients, including airlines, major municipal airports, product manufacturers, aircraft mechanics and fixed base operators. Mr. Bates also represents clients in product liability litigation, nursing home litigation, lender liability litigation and complex business litigation matters. He also represents several insurance clients with respect to coverage disputes.

Recent Assignments

•Obtained dismissal of negligence action against railroad client on forum non conveniens grounds
•Obtained a directed verdict in the defense of a national manufacturer against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
•Obtained a TRO in favor of a national retail chain against competitor
•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of municipal airport in premises liability case
•Obtained dismissal of negligence action against aviation staffing client
•Successfully defended national mortgage loan company in lawsuit alleging fraud, constructive fraud and negligence

Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements

•Recent Developments in Aviation Case Law, with J. Clarke Keller, Kristen K. Orr, SlideShare Presentation
•Food Law Update,presentation, Stites & Harbison Thirsty Thursday, Food Safety Modernization Act, March 26, 2011
•The Basics of Electronic Discovery,Sherman Minton Inns of Courts, April 22, 210
•Yer Out! Getting Rid of Your Trial Judge in Indiana and Kentucky,Sherman Minton Inn of Courts, February 24, 2009

Before Stites & Harbison

Doug was an Intern for Magistrate-Judge Kenneth Foster, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, which included researching 1983 claims filed by prisoners against various penal facilities.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Doug was presented the Indiana University Alumni Association's President's Award in December 2010. He is Past President of the Indiana University Southeast Alumni Association and is also active with the Boy Scouts of America and Leadership Southern Indiana.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Doug enjoys playing guitar with his sons and spending time at the family farm.

Community Involvement

Jeffersonville Rotary

Boy Scouts (Troop Leader)

Junior Achievement

Leadership Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana Legal Volunteers


Attorney Doug Bates honored as Distinguished Alumni at Indiana University Southeast


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Office Information

Douglas B. Bates

323 East Court Avenue
JeffersonvilleIN 47130


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