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Phone: (412) 454-5884

500 Grant Street, 3rd Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2507

Albert Bates Jr.


Attorney, Arbitrator & Mediator

Current Employer:

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Engineering ✔ Environmental
✔ International ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate


Albert Bates is a Partner in the Construction Group of Troutman Pepper, and leads the group’s International Construction Project team. He focuses on the resolution of US and international construction disputes, particularly in power generation, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities. Mr. Bates has advised clients on more than fifteen Mega-Projects in the United States and internationally, including projects in excess of $10 billion USD. He has acted as counsel on multiple disputes in which the amount in controversy exceeded USD 100 million. He has a “Band 1” rating in Construction in Chambers USA and is described as being "at the forefront of the construction law Bar, demonstrating top-tier strengths in high-profile disputes." He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow in the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, a “Leading Lawyer” in Construction by Legal 500, and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers. In addition to serving as counsel, Mr. Bates has an active ADR practice. He has served as an arbitrator or mediator on approximately 200 U.S. and international construction and commercial disputes, including multiple matters with amounts exceeding $100 million USD. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and is a Certified IMI Mediator. From 2008-2019, Mr. Bates served as a member of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Bates was chairman of the Construction Group at Duane Morris. 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. Specialties: Construction; Arbitration; Mediation; International Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Work History:

•Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (f/k/a Pepper Hamilton LLP), Partner, 2016 – Present •Duane Morris LLP, Partner, 2007-2016 (Chair, Construction Group, 2013 - 2016) •Reed Smith LLP, Partner, 2000-2007 •Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C., Shareholder (1995 to 2000) and Associate (1993 to 1994) •Eckert Seaman Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Associate, 1987-1993


Has served as an arbitrator or mediator since 1989, serving on approximately 200 occasions, including multiple matters in which the amount in controversy exceeded $100 million USD. Has significant experience in arbitration, mediation, and other ADR in US and international construction disputes, delay and inefficiency claims, impact claims, and commercial contract disputes including assumption and indemnity agreements. Has acted as counsel in many mega-project and high stakes dollar disputes, including multiple construction matters in which the amount in controversy was well in excess $100 million of USD. A listing of Representative Cases is available at


2021 AAA-ICDR Panel Conference; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; 2019 Construction SuperConference; FACULTY, AAA/ICDR/AAA Panel Conference, 2019; 2018 AAA Construction Conference; AAA-ICDR/ICC/ICSID 34th Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, 2017; Faculty AAA Construction Conference: Navigating the Unique Aspects of Construction Arbitration, 2017;AAA 2016 Construction Conference: Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget (Faculty), 2016; Faculty, AAA Construction Conference – Keeping Arbitration Lean, 2015; AAA The 31st Annual Joint Colloquium, NY, 2014; Faculty, AAA The Dynamics of Multi-Party Mediation for Large, Complex Construction Disputes 2014, 2011; Faculty, AAA Conducting Research & Investigations: The Arbitrator's Authority;(Ace 09) 2014; Faculty, AAA Principled Deliberations, 2014; AAA Managing the Costs of Exchanging ESI, 2013; Faculty, AAA Construction Conference: Cutting Construction Arbitration Costs Without Compromise, 2012; Faculty, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012; College of Commercial Arbitrators Annual Meeting, 2011; Faculty, AAA Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, 2011; ICDR International Symposia in Advanced Case Management Issues, 2011; Faculty, AAA Spring Construction Conference, Mediation: It's Not New, So What's Next?, 2011; AAA Construction Dispute Resolution in the U.S.: International Techniques That Can Be Used Domestically, 2010; Faculty, ICDR 8th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference: Resolving International Construction Disputes, 2010; Faculty, AAA Construction Conference: Maximizing ADR Advocacy for Today's Economy, 2009; AAA, Managing the Parties' Expectations: Best Practices in Arbitration, 2009; Faculty, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2009; Faculty, AAA Construction Conference: ADR Works, 2008; NCDRC, Annual Meeting, 2007; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Roadmap: The Standard for Efficient and Cost Effective Arbitration, 2007; Faculty, AAA Construction Mediation Conference: What You Can't Not Know, 2007; ICDR International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Conference, 2006; ICDR, The International Arbitration's Deliberations and Determinations, 2006; Faculty, AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; U.S. District Court, W. D. Pa., Alternative Dispute Resolution Pilot Program Neutral Training, 2006; Faculty, AAA Neutrals Conference, 2005; Faculty, Arbitration Ethics and Disclosure, 2004- present; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Advocacy, 2002-present; AAA Arbitrator Update 2003; AAA Construction Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1997; AAA Fast Track Arbitrator Training, 1996; various other ADR training.


•Pennsylvania, 1987 •District of Columbia, 1989 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1993 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2003 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1995 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2002 •U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1997 •U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1989 •U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1987 •Supreme Court of the United States, 1995


Honors include election as a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow in the International Academy of Construction Lawyersa "Leading Lawyer" in Construction by Legal 500, and "Band 1" rating in Construction by Chambers USA. He has also been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Arbitration, Mediation, Construction Law and Litigation-Construction, and consistent recognition as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer by Philadelphia Magazine in the field of construction litigation. In addition, was selected as Best Lawyers' 2010 Pittsburgh Construction Lawyer of the Year, and was named one of Pittsburgh's "Top 50" Attorneys for 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine. An overview of his rankings and recognitions is available


• AAA MegaProject Panel Arbitrator • AAA Master Mediator Panel • Service as ICC Arbitrator • Service as CPR Arbitrator • AAA Panel of Master Construction Arbitrators • ICDR International Arbitrator • AAA Construction, Commercial and Environmental Arbitrator and Mediator


Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute. Served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution from 2008 through 2019. Also previously served as the Chairman of the AAA's National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, a group of representatives from more than thirty prominent constructions industry professional organizations that advise and consult with the American Arbitration Association on conflict management and dispute resolution practices, processes and procedures for the construction industry. An overview of his professional and community involvement is available at


Undergraduate: B.A., Political Science and Economics Washington & Jefferson College 1983 Graduate: M.B.A. Vanderbilt University, Owen School 1987 Law School: J.D. Vanderbilt University School of Law 1987


He has published and lectured extensively on ADR and construction topics. He is a frequent lecturer for the AAA and ICDR. A listing of his Selected Publications is available at


His complete CV is available at His LinkedIn profile is publicly available at

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