Scott Bates was born January 19, 1956, in Frankfurt, West Germany. He received his B.A. in 1978 and his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Florida where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is admitted to practice in both the United States District Courts of the Southern and Middle Districts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, as well as being admitted to practice in Tennessee since 2000.
Mr. Bates began practice in 1981 with his father, Richard W. Bates, a well-known Central Florida trial lawyer. In 1987 the firm of Bates & Bates merged with Mateer and Harbert, becoming Mateer, Harbert & Bates. From 1987 through 1992, Mr. Bates was practicing almost exclusively medical malpractice defense for Orlando Regional Medical Center.
In 1989, at the age of 32, he was one of the youngest lawyers in Florida to become a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocates. In 1989, he was the youngest of 35 trial lawyers selected to become Charter Members of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a select organization of Plaintiff and Defense Trial Lawyers whose selection process is by substantial trial qualification. Mr. Bates has been an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell for over 25 years.
Mr. Bates is a recognized and frequent lecturer, both to physicians and attorneys, in the area of medical malpractice litigation, peer-review privileges, and medical records law. He has a well-recognized expertise in the evaluation, litigation, and trial of failure to diagnose cancer cases.
Mr. Bates is also involved in civic activities. From 1995-1999, Mr. Bates was a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Orlando Unit of the American Cancer Society. In 1996 and 1997, he additionally was the Chairman of the Cancer Society’s Income Development Committee, its chief fundraising arm, and in 1997 was their Treasurer as well.
In 1996 he founded the Orlando Invitational Team Golf Championship, a charity fundraiser for the Metro Orlando Unit, serving as Tournament Chairman. He is also an active volunteer youth sports coach, and is currently serving with FC America Soccer Academy, a premier youth soccer club, as its vice president.
Mr. Bates was married July 10, 1982, to his wife, Terri. They reside in Orlando with their four children, Rick, Jaclyn, Will and Tori. His oldest son, Rick, is also an attorney with Morgan & Morgan, specializing in products liability litigation.
- University of Florida, B.A., 1978; J.D., 1981
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- The Florida Bar
- The Tennessee Bar
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association
- Florida Justice Association
- American Association for Justice
- American Board of Trial Advocates – Central Florida Chapter (Charter member)
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