Douglas Alan Bates

March 11, 2019
Douglas Alan Bates
Douglas (“Doug”) Alan Bates, is proud to practice in the same town where he was born and raised. Living and working in Pensacola allows Doug to interact with lifelong friends on a daily basis, and allows him to serve regional and Fortune 500 businesses that share his values of hard work, dedication, and personal service. Doug remains mindful that the opportunity to serve clients in his hometown is a great privilege, one that he never takes for granted. This privilege is why Doug is committed to first class client service, and why he strives to identify and implement effective solutions while delivering confident and reliable counsel. Doug’s practice is focused on commercial and real estate litigation, with an additional component of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights cases.
Doug has handled insolvency matters, distressed business situations and special asset cases across the state of Florida and the United States.
Doug is an active member of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, serving on the Section’s Executive Council, as well as several substantive committees. Doug is also a member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Student Education and Bar Admissions, as well as numerous other local, statewide, and national organizations.
Doug supports and is actively involved with Pensacola Catholic High School, Pensacola State College, University of West Florida, Pensacola Sports, the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church, and is the incoming President of the Pensacola State College Foundation Board of Governors.  He also enjoys playing golf, coaching youth sports, and spending time with his wife and four children.
Doug is licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. In addition, Doug is authorized to practice in all United States Bankruptcy Courts in Florida.
- AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation, 2014 – present
- Florida Trend Magazine “Up and Comer,” 2007-2013
- Florida Super Lawyers “Super Lawyer,” 2014 – present
- Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2009-2013
- Chambers & Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2011 –present
- Best Lawyers in America, 2016 – present
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