Roger Bates serves as the Managing Partner for the firm and is Chair of the firm's Healthcare 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 has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts (both jury and non-jury), and has handled many arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Bates has served as a specially appointed Deputy Attorney General in Alabama since 1995 and often represents the State of Alabama 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 performs a variety of municipal services for other 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. Mr. Bates is active in the Birmingham area community and has served on the Allocation Committee of the Birmingham Area United Way. 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, the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys, and the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the National Association of Variable Annuities.
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.
Civic and Professional Affiliations
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, Member and Deacon, Former Chairman of Deacons Lifetime Member Alabama Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranches Builders Club Former Member, Allocation Committee, Birmingham Area United Way