Harry S. Bates

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Antonio, TX

The Bates Law Firm
 | 630 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: 210-226-3777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Nearly three decades of litigation experience has equipped Harry S. Bates to battle insurance companies, large corporations and negligent parties. As founder of The Bates Law Firm, he has successfully represented people who have suffered a personal injury or lost a loved one through a wrongful death incident in South Texas, including San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Through using in-depth investigative strategies, Mr. Bates has obtained maximum compensation in jury verdicts. As a testament to his achievements, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Bates is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Even outside the courtroom, he is known as a fierce adversary, as he stops at nothing to ensure clients receive the funds necessary to cover their losses.

In 1977, Mr. Bates received a Bachelor of Arts in business from The University of Texas at Austin. He then earned a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Today, Mr. Bates serves as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Bar Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Furthermore, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has certified him in personal injury trial law.

Mr. Bates is adept at handling all types of personal injury matters, including oil field accidents, motor vehicle crashes and defective products.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2016

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About Harry Bates

Admitted 1984, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.harrybateslaw.com/Attorney-Profile/index.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006 to present
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Personal Injury trial lawyer certified as a specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1987
  • Texas, 1984

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Wrongful Death Caused by Electrocution from Improper Installation - $7.6 Million, Wrongful death case, May 2001
  • Personal Injuries Sustained to Pedestrian from Construction Defect - $1.5 Million, Construction Accident Case, June 2004
  • Personal Injuries Sustained from a Fall Due to Design Defects - $2.4 Million, Premise liability case, October 2005
  • Personal Injuries Sustained Due to Negligent Driver - $890,000, Auto Accident Case, December 2006
  • Personal Injuries to Automobile Driver - $1.2 Million, Tractor trailer accident case, April 2008
  • Wrongful death due to single motor vehicle accident - $1.350 Million, Dramshop case -Wrongful death, October 2008
  • Personal Injuries Sustained to Motorcyclist being Hit by a Truck - $6 Million, Truck accident case, November 2009
  • Wrongful Death Caused by Product Manufacturing Defect - $1 Million, Wrongful Death Case, June 2009
  • Trucking Accident Resulting in Death of 70 year old - $900,000 settlement, Wrongful death case, July 2011
  • Construction Site Accident Resulting in Amputation of Left Leg below the Knee - $2.825 Million Settlement, Leg Amputation, July 2012
  • $900,000 Settlement, Dramshop Case, February 2013

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, B.A., Major: Business, 1977
Office Location for Harry S. Bates

630 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78215

Phone: 210-226-3777


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Last Updated: 9/23/2016

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