The son of a factory worker, David is originally from Centerville, Tennessee. After high school, he worked his way through college, including Columbia State Community College, where he graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) and the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science. While attending UT Martin, David served as a legislative intern at the Tennessee General Assembly for State Representative Philip Pinion.
David obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence (law degree) from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000, graduating cum laude. During law school, David was on the Dean’s List, received Academic Excellence Honors in Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Family Law, served as the President of the College of Law’s Criminal Law Society, and he worked as an Acting Assistant District Attorney for the 6th Judicial District.
After graduation, David practiced law at the Clarksville lawfirm of Batson, Nolan, Brice, Williamson & Girsky for three years, before returning to his hometown area to join the Columbia lawfirm of DuBois & DuBois, P.C., where he became a partner in 2006. In April of 2012, he founded the Law Office of David A. Bates in Spring Hill, TN.
David’s primary practice has been the defense of businesses and professionals involved in a wide variety of civil litigation throughout the courtrooms of Southern Middle Tennessee. He also provides legal representation to individuals that need assistance in other legal areas, including family law, personal injuries, will contests, property disputes and juvenile proceedings.
David is currently a Hearing Panel Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, and he has served as the Chairperson of the Agri-Business Committee of Maury Alliance, President of the Maury County Chapter of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division, and President of the Maury County UT Alumni Chapter. He has also served on the Boards of the United Way of Maury County, Kiwanis Club of Columbia, the Young Lawyer Division of the Tennessee Bar Association, and the UT Alumni Board of Governors. David and his family are active members of the Church of the Nazarene at Fly, TN.
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