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Douglas B. Bates

Douglas B. Bates

Doug Bates is an experienced trial lawyer who has been with the firm since 1992. He appears in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and Kentucky and has argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Bates regularly defends aviation clients, including airlines, major municipal airports, product manufacturers, aircraft mechanics and fixed base operators.  Mr. Bates also represents clients in product liability litigation, nursing home litigation, lender liability litigation and complex business litigation matters.  He also represents several insurance clients with respect to coverage disputes.

Recent Assignments

  • Obtained dismissal of negligence action against railroad client on forum non conveniens grounds
  • Obtained a directed verdict in the defense of a national manufacturer against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
  • Obtained a TRO in favor of a national retail chain against competitor
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of municipal airport in premises liability case
  • Obtained dismissal of negligence action against aviation staffing client
  • Successfully defended national mortgage loan company in lawsuit alleging fraud, constructive fraud and negligence

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Federal Rule 26(A)(2) Expert Witness Disclosures: Strategies for Composing and Attacking Expert Disclosures," with Chelsea Stanley,  Article, 83 J. Air. L. & Com. 67 (2018)
  • "Federal Rule 26(a)(2) Expert Witness Disclosures: Strategies for Composing and Attacking Expert Disclosures," 51st Annual SMU Air Law Symposium, Irving, TX, March 30, 2017
  • "Recent Developments in Aviation Case Law," SlideShare Presentation
  • "Food Law Update," presentation, Stites & Harbison Thirsty Thursday, Food Safety Modernization Act, March 26, 2011
  • "The Basics of Electronic Discovery," Sherman Minton Inns of Courts, April 22, 2010
  • "Yer Out! Getting Rid of Your Trial Judge in Indiana and Kentucky," Sherman Minton Inn of Courts, February 24, 2009

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Bates enjoys playing guitar with his sons and spending time at the family farm in Indiana. He is Past President of the Indiana University Southeast Alumni Association and was presented the Indiana University Alumni Association's President's Award (2010). Mr. Bates is active with the Boy Scouts of America and Leadership Southern Indiana. Doug was an intern for Magistrate-Judge Kenneth Foster, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Community Involvement

  • Jeffersonville Rotary
  • Boy Scouts (Troop Leader)
  • Junior Achievement
  • Leadership Southern Indiana
  • Southern Indiana Legal Volunteers