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Richard W. Bates


Richard W. Bates is an Orlando native. After graduating from the University of Richmond in Virginia, Mr. Bates received his juris doctorate from Stetson University’s College of Law, an institution that specializes in the grooming of trial lawyers. Mr. Bates began his career at Morgan & Morgan, P.A. pursuing claims ranging from consumer product cases to heavy truck tire and vehicle cases against some of the largest manufacturers both in the United States and abroad. Since then, Mr. Bates has handled premises liability cases, automobile accident cases, and medical device cases, with a current emphasis on medical malpractice cases.
Mr. Bates is admitted to practice in every circuit in the State of Florida, as well as the Southern and Middle Districts. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Bates currently lives with his wife Leanne, a former prosecutor, and their three sons.

  • University of Richmond
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. 

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017-2020
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum 

  • The Florida Bar
  • All Circuit Courts in Florida 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida