Robert Bates was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He joined the Law Offices of Tony Seaton in 2010, where his primary focus is on Personal Injury cases.
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).
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
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 10 Lawyer Under 40 Years Old||National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys||2015|
|Dean's Scholar||Appalachian School of Law||2011|
|Top Student||Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities||2011|
|Dean's Scholar||Appalachian School of Law||2010|
|Book Award||Appalachian School of Law||2010|
|Dean's Scholar||Appalachian School of Law||2009|
|Dean's Scholar||Appalachian School of Law||2008|
|Top Student||Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities||2008|
|Attorney||Law Office of Tony Seaton||2010 - Present|
|Legal Clerk||Altizer, Walk and White||2009 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Anderson County District Attorney's Office||2009 - 2009|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington County Bar Association||Treasurer||N/A|
|Castle v. Sullivan County Sheriff's Dep't||In favor of plaintiff.|
|James Hodge v. Main||Jury Verdict in excess of $500,000|
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|Young Advocates, American Bar Association Section of Litigation||Mastering Voir Dire||2013|
|National Institute for Trial Advocacy||N/A||Trial Skills||2012|
|Appalachian School of Law||N/A||Jurisprudence||2011|
|Maryville College||Political Science||Bachelor's||2008|