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Robert Dwight Bates II

Robert Dwight Bates II

also known as Robby, Bates

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Social Security, Workers Compensation

About Me

   Robert Bates was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He joined the Law Offices of Tony Seaton in 2010, where his primary focus is Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury.


    He graduated in the top 10% of his class at Maryville College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  After receiving a full scholarship, he then attended the Appalachian School of Law, finishing in the top 5 of his class. While in law school, Robert was ranked in the top of his class and participated in Moot Court competitions in New York, was a member of the Law Review at the Appalachian School of Law, and was recognized as a Dean Scholar every semester.


    Additionally, Robert has served as an intern for Becker, Fleishman & Knight in Knoxville, the District Attorney’s Office in Anderson County, Tennessee, and Altizer, Walk & White PLLC in Tazewell, Virginia.


    Robert is admitted to practice in the Tennessee Supreme Court.  He has recently argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court as well as being lead counsel for a personal injury trial in Mountain City, Tennessee.  Robert works with and is mentored by Tony Seaton, who currently enjoys a Avvo rating of 10 and an AV rating from Martindale Hubbel (both of which being are as high as one can achieve). 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Workers Compensation: 25%
  3. Social Security: 25%



Contingent (20-33%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Eugene L. Belenitsky

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Eugene Belenitsky Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kristina Street Hatcher

    Robert is a very bright attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Workers Compensation and Personal Injury. His clients appreciate the care he takes with them and the effectiveness of his representation. I fully endorse this lawyer.


    Kristina Hatcher Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

118 East Watauga
Johnson City, TN, 37601




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Lawyer Under 40 Years OldNational Association of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Dean's ScholarAppalachian School of Law2011
Top StudentWho's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities2011
Dean's ScholarAppalachian School of Law2010
Book AwardAppalachian School of Law2010
Dean's ScholarAppalachian School of Law2009
Dean's ScholarAppalachian School of Law2008
Top StudentWho's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Tony Seaton2010 - Present
Legal ClerkAltizer, Walk and White2009 - 2010
Law ClerkAnderson County District Attorney's Office2009 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2012 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationTreasurerN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Castle v. Sullivan County Sheriff's Dep'tIn favor of plaintiff.
James Hodge v. MainJury Verdict in excess of $500,000

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Publication NameTitleDate
Young Advocates, American Bar Association Section of LitigationMastering Voir Dire2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyN/ATrial Skills2012
Appalachian School of LawN/AJurisprudence2011
Maryville CollegePolitical ScienceBachelor's2008