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  • James W. Bates Senior Partner
  • Phone: 818-248-1911

    Fax: 818-279-0513

    Email: James W. Bates ›

James Bates is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

The Law Offices of James W. Bates serves clients in Pasadena, Glendale, Los Angeles; the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Ventura; and throughout California.


  • California, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1991 (Inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1993


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, J.D., 1989
  • University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, B.S., Business Administration, 1986 (Finance, Corporate Finance, Securities and Investment Management)


  • Law Offices of James W. Bates, A Professional Corporation, Trial Attorney, 1999-present
  • O’Rourke, Allan & Fong, LLP, Trial Attorney, 1998-99
  • Nemecek & Cole, Litigation Associate, 1993-1997
  • O’Rourke, Stafford & Allan, Trial Attorney, 1988-1993
  • California Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles, Intern, 1985

Associations and memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • District Of Columbia Bar (inactive)
  • Pasadena Bar Association


  • Reducing the United States Trade Imbalance with Japan: Equal Access for United States Securities Dealers, 11 Loy.L.A.Int’l & Comp.L.J. 549 (1989)


  • Member, Board Of Directors, Glendale Area Schools Credit Union, 2017-present
  • Member, Supervisory Committee, Glendale Area Schools Credit Union, 2014-2017
  • CEO, Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2009
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