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Albert Bates Jr.

Albert Bates Jr.


Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412.454.5884    Fax: 412.454.5060

"A leading construction attorney with a wealth of experience advising national and international clients on a broad array of projects." – Chambers USA 2019

Albert Bates, Jr. is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. He leads the group’s international construction arbitration team.

Mr. Bates focuses his practice on the resolution of U.S. and international construction disputes, particularly in the areas of power generation, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities. He also advises clients on project planning, project execution, and change management on large engineering, procurement, and construction projects. Mr. Bates has advised clients on more than  fifteen Mega-Projects, including projects in the United States and internationally, and including projects in excess of $10 billion USD. He has acted as counsel on coal, gas-fired, solar, nuclear, biomass and hydroelectric power generation projects; tunneling projects; chemical plants; pharmaceutical plants; steel mills; coke and coal byproduct plants; mass transit, bridge and highway projects; airports; mixed-use facilities; and sports and entertainment venues.

Mr. Bates has a "Band 1" rating in Construction in Chambers USA and is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He is also recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in Construction by The Legal 500 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal: Construction, and the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers.

In addition to serving as counsel in arbitration matters, Mr. Bates has served as an arbitrator or mediator on more than 150 U.S. and international construction and commercial disputes, including multiple matters with amounts exceeding $100 million USD. Mr. Bates is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and is a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute. From 2008-2019, Mr. Bates served as a member of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution. In addition, Mr. Bates is honored to be an inaugural member of the AAA's Mega-Project Construction Panel of Arbitrators.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Bates was chairman of the Construction Group at Duane Morris LLP.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1987, associate editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • M.B.A., Finance, Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, 1987
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, cum laude, Washington & Jefferson College, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court

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