Robert J. Bates, Jr. is a founding partner of BatesCarey LLP and a member of the management committee. His practice focuses on litigating cases in the areas of insurance coverage and reinsurance. He also has tried cases in such diverse areas as antitrust, eminent domain, medical malpractice and stock valuation. He represents numerous national and international insurance and reinsurance companies in direct insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes.
Bob has been the lead trial lawyer in several major insurance coverage actions and has testified in London as an expert in Illinois insurance law. He also has tried numerous reinsurance arbitrations to final award.
He is widely regarded as one of the preeminent insurance and reinsurance lawyers in the country. He has received numerous industry and peer recognitions, including in 2016 having been ranked by the London-based publishing group Who’s Who Legal as the number one “Thought Leader” in North America. He was commended in particular for being “a great trial lawyer” who “really knows his way around reinsurance matters.”
Bob has also consistently been recognized among America’s leading lawyers by Chambers USA (2004–2017), in which clients describe him as “one of the most knowledgeable insurance law practitioners in the country (with) an encyclopedic knowledge of the law.”
Chambers added that Bob has won praise from numerous interviewees for being “a wonderful litigator—forceful in a reasonable and professional way;” a "tough, smart and very tenacious lawyer;” and “one of Chicago’s leading coverage attorneys and a shrewd hard-hitting litigator acting for industry clients in their most complex insurance and reinsurance disputes.”
Bob’s accolades include being listed in: The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2018); The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2003–2017); Illinois Super Lawyers (2005–2017); Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois (2007–2009); Leading Lawyers (2014–2017); and Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guides (2014–2016).
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