Albert Bates Jr.

Albert Bates Jr.


Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412.454.5884    Fax: 214.281.0717

"At the forefront of the construction law Bar, demonstrating top-tier strengths in high-profile disputes.” – Chambers USA 2018

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 and execution strategies, project management and project controls strategies, and change management on large construction projects. Mr. Bates has significant experience with Mega-Projects, EPC projects and alternative project delivery systems. 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 in which the amount in controversy exceeded $100 million. Mr. Bates serves as a member 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.

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


  • M.B.A., Finance, Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, 1987
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1987, associate editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • 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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