Bates & Bates Law Office

Bates & Bates Law Office

Dedicated Attorneys Practicing In Tennessee Since 1871

Firm Overview

Fifth-generation lawyers providing consistent quality and service
When you retain the Bates & Bates Law Office, you receive the skill and experience you desire and expect from fifth-generation attorneys. Attorney Douglas Thompson Bates III has more than 38 years of experience in practice, allowing him to comprehensively analyze your case so as to obtain the best possible results for you in court or at the negotiating table. As a result of his skill and proven record of results, Mr. Bates has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Experience counts
Seven Bates attorneys through five generations have been practicing law throughout Middle and Western Tennessee since 1871, interrupted only by a 5 year stretch in the 1920s and during World War II. The Bates family has had a strong, consistent presence throughout the region for many years, and they strive to do the right thing for both their clients and their community. Regardless of your legal challenge, the attorneys at Bates & Bates bring the firm's more than 140 years of tradition and talent to your case.

The Bates & Bates Law Office routinely handles cases in the following areas of law:
-General practice
-Civil Law
-Domestic relations law
-Real property law
-Criminal law
-Negligence law
-Family law
-Personal injury
-Real estate
-Transactional law

Both Douglas T. Bates III and IV hallmark every case with honesty and integrity, aggressive and forceful litigation, and accessibility and punctuality. They are both available for after-hours and weekend appointments preparing and advising you throughout the difficult litigation process.

Main Office

Main Office
406 W. Public Sq., 2nd Fl.
Centerville, TN 37033



Criminal Defense

An experienced firm fighting for your rights

If you have been charged with a crime in Tennessee, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Douglas Bates III was an Assistant District Attorney General for the first 8 years of his career before focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense work. Douglas Bates IV has embraced criminal defense work since his return home in 2008.

The Bateses often collaborate together on trial and appellate strategy to advise you throughout the criminal process and obtain the best possible result. Together, the Bateses have tried homicide and sexual crime jury trials, as well as appealed cases to the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court. The Bateses will involve you in every decision throughout your criminal defense, but will give you honest and blunt advice to help you manage your risk. Though many cases settle before trial, the Bateses will employ a vigorous and zealous defense on your behalf from the beginning of your representation.

The Bates & Bates Law Office in Centerville has represented clients in state courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Traffic violations
-Assault and battery
-Possession of drugs
-Theft and larceny
-Homicide - murder/manslaughter
-Domestic violence
-White collar crime
-And more

Bates & Bates Law Office can represent you at every stage of the process, from being investigated up through the Tennessee Supreme Court. The Bates & Bates Law Office regularly employs a private investigator to help investigate the weaknesses of the State's case.

Douglas Thompson Bates

Bates & Bates Law Office

-College: Virginia Military Institute, B.A., 2001
-Law: University of Tennessee, J.D., 2008

--Divorce, Custody, Adoption, Grand Parent Visitation, Conservatorship, Abuse Fiduciary Duty, Business Litigation, Personal Injury and Car Accidents

--Homicides, Sex Crimes, DUI, Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Crimes, and Theft/Burglary