Bates Lovett is an experienced trial attorney who dedicates the majority of his practice to defending companies, both local and national, in lawsuits filed in Georgia and South Carolina.
For the last 15 years of his career, Bates’ practice has centered around civil litigation, concentrating on business litigation matters. Specifically, Bates’ practice areas include complex commercial matters, real estate and environmental disputes including condemnation/eminent domain work, business disputes, toxic torts, wrongful death and personal injury claims, insurance matters involving tender of indemnity and defense as well as coverage lawsuits, and government litigation.
Before transitioning to civil litigation, Bates started his legal career as an assistant district attorney where he tried over 50 cases to jury verdict. He was an ADA for the Cobb County Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. There, he prosecuted felony cases in which the victim was a woman or child, such as murder, rape, child molestation, cruelty to children, and aggravated stalking. Bates was also an assistant district attorney in Rockdale County where he was the Domestic Violence Prosecutor.
Bates earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, cum laude. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, where he was a recipient of the Bryant T. Castellano academic scholarship. While in law school, Bates was a member of the Moot Court Team and served on the editorial board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. He is happily married and has two boys.
- University of Georgia School of Law; J.D., Cum Laude, 2000
- University of Georgia, B.S., Political Science, Cum Laude, With Honors 1997
- South Carolina
- All Federal District Courts in Georgia and South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
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