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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.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Eagle Scout||Boy Scouts of America||1996|
|Attorney||Stephen H. Artman, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorneys Office of the Tenth Judicial Circuit||2008 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||McCumber Inclan||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Willson American Inn of Court||Member||2012 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Coastal School Of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Wake Forest University||Business||BS - Bachelor of Science||2004|