Douglas A. Bates

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Doug focuses his practice on commercial litigation and creditors' rights, both inside and outside bankruptcy. He has a broad range of experience in litigation relating to distressed business situations and has counseled clients in various industries, including banking, radio broadcasting, homebuilder and developer, airline, marina, manufacturing, and precious metals. Doug's commercial litigation experience includes numerous bankruptcy litigation matters as well, including prosecution and defense of “clawback” litigation arising out of fraud situations. Doug was selected to participate as a fellow in the inaugural class of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Doug serves on the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and is the past chairman of the Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, the Judicial Liaison Committee, and the Membership/Student Relations Committee. Through his involvement in the Business Law Section, Doug has led efforts to study and amend Florida's version of the Uniform Commercial Code, including Article 9. He mentors law students, is active with the Pro Bono Committee of The Florida Bar Business Law Section, and a frequent presenter for the CARE program. Doug was born and raised in Pensacola and attended Pensacola Catholic High School, as well as Pensacola Junior College. While in school at Pensacola Junior College, he played on the baseball team and was a two-time Distinguished Academic All-American. While in college at Birmingham Southern, Doug also played baseball and participated in two NAIA College World Series tournaments. In addition, he was selected as an Academic All-American at Birmingham Southern.

Inaugural Class of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, 2013-2014

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Creditors Rights
  • Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
850-434-9200  Phone
850-432-7340  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13010, Pensacola, FL 32502
University Attended:
Birmingham Southern College, B.S., Business Administration, summa cum laude, Highest G.P.A. among Business/Economics Graduates, Participant in two NAIA College World Series and was named Academic All-American, 2000
Law School Attended:
University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, Book Award recipient for the highest grade in Secured Transactions course, Founder of Association for Law and Business, 2004
Year of First Admission:
2004, Florida
The Florida Bar (Member: Business Law Section, 2003-present; Executive Committee, Business Law Section, 2007-present; Chair, Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, 2011-2012; Chair Judicial Liaison Committee, 2012-2013)

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4.8/5.0 (10 reviews)
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Pensacola, Florida

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