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     A favorite question asked by federal employees on an initial phone call, "Mr. Bates, Have you dealt with CDC [or some other federal agency] before?"  Answer is generally "Yes", based on my experience and Atlanta being nearly always the regional office for federal agencies. Beginning private practice in Atlanta in 1974, I represent federal employees and have had success in many cases.  I was listed in the first and later editions of Marquis' Who's Who in American Law first published in 1977-78.  Since 1981 I've received the "AV" rating by selection of attorneys, which is the highest rating issued by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Dictionary. 

     If you have a concern that needs legal attention, whether it is EEO, failure to obtain reasonable accommodation, retaliation for seeking an accommodation, assistance on a formal complaint, mediation, upcoming hearing or appeal, or dealing within hostile working environment, you may call me at 404-262-6272 for an introductory no charge telephone discussion of your concern.  Responding to calls is not delegated to non-professionals but handled directly by me.  My office is located in Buckhead, within Atlanta city limits, in a 2 story building with convenient no charge front door parking.  



Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 35%
    41 years, 40 cases
  2. Employment & Labor: 35%
    41 years, 40 cases
  3. Civil Service Law: 30%
    41 years, 75 cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

Bates & Baum

3151 Maple Dr NE
Atlanta, GA, 30305-2503


GAActive Member in Good Standing 196111/07/2015
DCInactive 196605/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Younger Federal Lawyer AwardAtlanta FederalBar Association1972
Army Commendation MedalArmy Judge Advocate General1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBates & Baum, Atlanta, GA1974 - Present
Assistant United States AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office, Atlanta, GA1966 - 1974
Appellate Defense CounselArmy Judge Advocate Genera's Ofc,. D.C.1962 - 1966
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association (Membership Committee)Chairman1973 - 1974
Federal Bar AssociationPresident Atlanta Chapter1971 - 1972
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1966 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1966 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember1963 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1962 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
FAIR, Inc. v. BrinegarJudgment for Secretary of Transportation
C. Brown Trucking, Inc. v. RushingUpheld Compensation for statutory employee
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Journal of Southern Legal HistoryTwo Courts for the Price of One: The Superior Courts of Georgia and the Convention of Judges, 1797-18451993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer UniversityN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1961
Mercer UniversityLawA.B. - Minors-History, Economics1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Emory University Senior StudyGeneral Oglethorpe, Georgia Trustee2004