John B. Bates, Jr., Esquire

JAMS - The Resolution Experts
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-774-2614
Fax: 415-982-5287
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John B. Bates, Jr., Esq. has been practicing law since 1974 and mediating full time since 1991. He has conducted over a hundred lectures and trainings on mediation and has mediated several thousand matters in 30 states. He splits his time between his family residences in San Francisco and Kona.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Americans w/Disabilities Act
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Family (other)
  • General Mediation
  • Harassment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marine/Admiralty
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Personal Injury
  • Printing/Publishing
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Religious / Church
  • Securities
  • Torts
  • Worker's Comp
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2009



Began mediating in mid 1980s as part of litigation practice
Co-founded mediation and arbitration firm in 1991 which merged with JAMS in 1994
Conducted workshops, trainings, and lectures on all aspects of mediation
Handled several thousand mediations across the U.S. involving aviation, business, civil rights, class action, consumer, construction, employment, environmental, franchise, government/public agency, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, personal injury, professional liability, real estate, patent and trademark, securities, toxic torts, and wills


Co-founder, Bates Edwards Group in 1991 that subsequently merged with Endispute and then with JAMS in 1994

Litigation Partner, Cooley, Godward, San Francisco, 1974-1991

J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1974

B.A., with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1970

Practicing in California

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