About Me

John Bates is a Columbus, Ohio based attorney who handles Criminal Defense, Traffic, Automobile Accident, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Civil Protection Order (CPO), Divorce, Child Custody, and Juvenile Court cases. I practice in central Ohio, which includes Franklin, Delaware, Union, Morrow, Knox, Licking, Fairfield, Madison, and Pickaway counties. I have been representing families and their legal needs since 1993. I represent clients at all levels of the Ohio state and federal court systems. With over 20+ years of trial and litigation experience, I am able to effectively handle your specific legal situation.
I am Licensed to Practice in:
Ohiosince 1993
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohiosince 1993
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohiosince 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuitsince 1993
U.S. Tax Courtsince 1994
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigansince 1998
My Education
Capital University Law SchoolJuris Doctor - 1992
Ohio State UniversityM.A., Educational Theory & Practice - Humanities - 1987
Capital UniversityB.A., Political Science & History - 1984
My Memberships
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
International Association of Arson Investigators

Lead Counsel Rating Details

This Attorney is Rated in the Following Practice Areas:
Drunk Driving Defense since 2015
Criminal Law - State Level Crimes since 2015
Personal Injury Law - Plaintiff since 2015
Divorce Law since 2015
  • Verified Experience
  • Peer Recommended
  • Spotless Record

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