Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Albert (Albee) Bates, Jr. has joined the firm as a partner in the Construction Practice Group in the Pittsburgh office.
Mr. Bates’ extensive construction and arbitration practice follows the strategic plan of Pepper’s Construction Group to add critical mass in major markets and to continue to add to its experience in the areas of domestic and international arbitration. The group recently enhanced its practice with top-tier construction attorneys in New York and Los Angeles.
“We are diligent in our efforts to add leading lawyers in strategically defined areas to Pepper’s Construction Group. Albee’s practice brings tremendous strength in the areas of domestic and international arbitration and an impressive depth of construction law capabilities. Beyond his well-deserved reputation, Albee is a great guy, and we are excited to have him on our side of the table,” said Michael P. Subak, chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Construction Practice Group.
Ralph A. Finizio, partner in charge of Pepper Hamilton’s Pittsburgh office, said, “I’ve known Albee for more than twenty years, and his reputation as a top-notch construction lawyer precedes him. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to practice with him.”
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Bates was chairman of the Construction Group at Duane Morris LLP.
Mr. Bates focuses his practice on the resolution of U.S. and international construction claims. He also advises clients on project planning, execution and management strategies and on change management and dispute resolution on large construction projects. He has experience with megaprojects, EPC projects and alternative project delivery systems, particularly in power generation, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities.
Mr. Bates has a “Band 1” rating in Construction in Chambers USA and is described as “a very accomplished arbitrator and effective trial lawyer.” He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and he is also recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Construction by The Legal 500 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers.
Mr. Bates also regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator on domestic and international construction and commercial disputes and has served as a neutral on more than 150 occasions, including multiple matters in which the amount in controversy exceeded $100 million. Mr. Bates serves as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and is a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute.
Mr. Bates is a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management (M.B.A., finance). He received his B.A. in economics and political science, cum laude, from Washington & Jefferson College in 1983.