Law Offices of James W. Bates A Professional Corporation

Law Offices of James W. Bates A Professional Corporation

Generating solid results since 1989

Firm Overview

The Law Offices of James W. Bates provides focused and effective legal services to clients for litigation and transactional matters involving business, real estate, construction, and banking, as well as civil and commercial litigation. Attorney James W. Bates is an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Lawsuits can quickly diminish profits from your business. The firm's strategy includes minimizing expenses and mediating disputes, disputes, and we have brought hundreds of cases to judgment in trials in state and federal courts and arbitration. Relying on our 25 years of experience and seasoned familiarity with California and federal courts, you gain peace of mind from knowing your case is in able hands.

The Law Offices of James W. Bates regularly handles litigation and transactional maters involving:
-Creditors rights
-Complex civil litigation
-Commercial litigation
-Real estate law
-Construction law
-Business law
-Banking law

Emphasizing skill and client service:
Businesses, banks and real estate professionals throughout California look to the Law Offices of James W. Bates when a lawsuit has been filed against them, when they need to collect money or when a debtor files for bankruptcy. The firm's clients know that when they have a tough case that will take a lot of resources, they can count on us to represent them. Most of the firm's business comes from client and attorney referrals, a testament to both our successful results and our clients' satisfaction with our level of service.

Main Office

Main Office
2418 Honolulu Avenue, Suite J
Glendale CA 91020






California law firm litigates on behalf of your business

If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve. The Law Offices of James W. Bates has been assisting businesses for 25 years through alternative dispute resolution and civil trials in state and federal courts.
The firm has the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:
-Antitrust, unfair practices and trade regulation violations
-Banking and creditor issues, including lender liability
-Breach of contract
-Breach of warranty
-Business torts
-Construction law
-Environmental law
-Products liability
-Professional liability
-Real estate
-Intellectual property, including copyright and trademark infringement
-Partnership and shareholder disputes

Recovery from breach of contract:
When a party to a contract fails to perform, it damages the other business. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. James W. Bates can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:
-Compensatory damages reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
-Consequential and incidental damages compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
-Attorney fees and costs amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
-Liquidated damages amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
-Specific performance court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
-Punitive damages penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
-Rescission cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
-Reformation change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed

Affordable alternatives to a civil suit:
The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately, there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, that are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. The Law Offices of James W. Bates has successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings, and has settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients expenses and getting their businesses back on track.

James W. Bates

Law Offices of James W. Bates A Professional Corporation

Senior Partner

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.

Practice areas:
-Creditors rights
-Complex civil litigation
-Commercial litigation
-Real estate law
-Construction law
-Business law
-Banking law

-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 Marymount University, J.D., 1989
-University of Southern California, B.S., Business Administration, 1986

-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)
-Christian Legal Society
-The Federalist Society

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)

-Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 303, La Crescenta, California 2007-2010
-CEO, Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2009
-Youth Basketball Coach, Foothill Hoops, 2003-2006
-Youth Basketball Coach, Crescenta-Canada YMCA, 1999-2003
-President, Glendale Community College Alumni Association, 1990


Loyola Marymount University
Juris Doctorate, 1989