BatesCarey LLP

Robert J. Bates, Jr.

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Bob is widely regarded as one of the preeminent insurance and reinsurance lawyers in the country. He represents national and international companies in direct insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes and has been lead trial lawyer in major insurance coverage actions. He has testified in London as an expert in Illinois insurance law and has tried numerous reinsurance arbitrations to final award.

He is a founding partner of BatesCarey, a member of the Management Committee and a member of the newly formed BatesCarey COVID-19 Team, which is at the forefront of helping insurers to investigate, analyze, and nationally coordinate their responses to virus-related claims.


Bob has been named a Global Elite Thought Leader in North America by Who’s Who Legal Insurance & Reinsurance. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers and rated Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent.

Professional Memberships

The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

American Bar Association

The Defense Research Institute

International Association of Defense Counsel


Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel


Admissions include Illinois, Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Learn more: