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About Me

Stephen H. Bates joined Stephen H. Artman, P.A. as an associate attorney in February of 2012.  Stephen is a Polk County native who was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Business in 2004.  He then worked for the Commercial Carrier Corporation based out of Polk County, Florida, where he learned many facets of the trucking industry. Stephen then attended law school at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.  While at Florida Coastal, Stephen was chosen to represent the school as a Student Ambassador.  During law school, Stephen worked as a law clerk for the firm of McCumber Inclan.  In 2008, Stephen earned his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal and became a member of the Florida Bar.

After law school, Stephen was an Assistant State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Polk County, Florida, where he advocated on behalf of the People of the State of Florida for over three years.  As an Assistant State Attorney, Stephen tried over thirty jury trials, numerous non-jury trials, and prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony crimes ranging from simple Petit Theft to Attempted Murder.

Stephen now uses his extensive litigation experience to represent the clients of Stephen H. Artman, P.A.  Stephen utilizes his experience to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of his clients’ cases and develop an appropriate strategy in preparing for trial and in settlement negotiation.

In addition to his legal talents, Stephen is an Eagle Scout and plays the trumpet in the Hollingsworth Winds.  Stephen lives in Lakeland, Florida and enjoys surfing, fishing, hunting, and playing golf.

Mr. Bates is admitted to practice in all county and circuit courts throughout the state of Florida.


Practice Areas


  1. General Practice: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Joseph Knape

    Stephen and I went to law school together and I have known him to be smart and knowledgeable for many years. He fights hard for his clients and puts in the extra effort and time to make sure the job gets done right!


    Joseph Knape Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Stephen H. Artman, P.A.

925 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL, 338031149


FLMember in Good Standing200809/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1996
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyStephen H. Artman, P.A.2012 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorneys Office of the Tenth Judicial Circuit2008 - 2012
Law ClerkMcCumber Inclan2006 - 2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Willson American Inn of CourtMember2012 - Present
Florida BarMember2008 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School Of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Wake Forest UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science2004