Mark A. Bates

Founding Partner / Retired

Before Mark Bates became a lawyer, he was a river guide on the Colorado River, one of the most dramatic and dangerous rivers in the country. Each trip was different, requiring him to protect his passengers through churning waters with risks at each turn. The skills he developed on the river are the same that he uses as a lawyer. With foresight and focus, he protects his clients, even as circumstances change.

A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation only group of the most recognized litigators, Mr. Bates has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict throughout northern California.

Recognized particularly for his ability to cross-examine adverse witnesses, especially doctors and other medical experts, Mr. Bates has not only obtained defense verdicts for his clients, he has had opposing counsel essentially abandon their case mid-trial and accept settlements for less than was offered prior to trial.

Mr. Bates handles all types of civil litigation, and is often recommended by his peers, mediators and judges. His clients choose his experience and personal style to handle complex cases, including cases involving punitive damage claims or high exposure.

Mr. Bates earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Northern Arizona University in 1983, and his law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1987, where he was a member of the Traynor Honor Society. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, and in the Eastern and Central Districts of Federal Court.

Mr. Bates is a member of the State Bar of California, the Association of Defense Counsel, and a member of the Sacramento and Placer County bar associations.