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Contact information
First name John Last name Bates
Full name John B. Bates Jr.
Corporation JAMS
Address 1 Two Embarcadero Center
City San Francisco
ZIP Code 94111
State California
Phone (415) 774-2614 Cell (510) 220 0102 Fax (415) 982-5287
Cell public? Yes URL
Assistant name John M. Peterson Assistant email
CC name   CC email  
Formal Qualifications & Memberships
Judge? No
ADR services 1,10
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1970
  • Past Vice-Chair of the ADR Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law
  • Member of, speaker, and writer for the American Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Defense Research Institute
  • Member of and speaker for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Association and Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the American Health Lawyer Association
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, 2010-2013 

John B. Bates, Jr.has been practicing law since 1974 and mediating full time since 1990. He has conducted over a hundred lectures and trainings on mediation and has mediated several thousand matters in more than 30 states. He splits his time between his family residences in Northern California and Hawaii.

John began mediating in the mid 1980’s as part of litigation practice and co-founded a mediation firm in 1990 which merged with JAMS in 1994. John has conducted many workshops, trainings, and lectures on all aspects of mediation, and has mediated several thousand disputes 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.

Among many articles John has written are:

  • "Dial Back The Vitriol" California Lawyer 2012
  • "Mediation: An Effective Way to Connect With Your Clients," ABTL Report, Vol. 17 (Summer 2008) and also in the American Bar Association’s The Brief, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Spring 2009)
  • "For Emergency Disputes, Mediation is Cure," Law 360 (2008)
  • "Using ADR to Resolve Superfund and Related Environmental Disputes," California ADR Practice Guide (November 1994)
  • "Getting the Most from Mediation," California Litigation, Vol. 7 (Spring 1994) 
  • "Using Mediation to Win for Your Client," The Practical Lawyer (1992)

ADR Practice & Case Experience
Additional languages 1
Practice started 1990
Rates John resides in Northern California but does not charge travel time or expense anywhere on the west coast. Please call JAMS Case Manager John Peterson for info - (415) 774-2609 or email
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Calendar Settings
Private calendar purchased No
Calendar preference Disabled Calendar display type 5 day
Calendar last update time Never
Whole days Disabled
Notes prompt Please call JAMS Case Manager John Peterson for info - (415) 774-2609 or email
Requested Date Automatically Held/Booked? Disabled Auto hold type On Hold Ask if all attending counsel agreed on date? Disabled
Notes mandatory? Yes
Map enabled Yes Streetview enabled Yes
Latitude 37.79800033569336
Longitude -122.39700317382812
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