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Phone: (412) 454-5884

500 Grant Street Ste. 5000

Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2507

Albert Bates Jr.


Attorney, Arbitrator & Mediator

Current Employer:

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Engineering
✔ Environmental ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate


Albert Bates, Jr. is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. Mr. Bates focuses his practice on the resolution of domestic U.S. and international construction claims. 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 megaprojects, EPC projects, and alternative project delivery systems, particularly in power generation, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities. 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 by-product 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 and the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers. Mr. Bates 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. Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Bates was chairman of the Construction Group at Duane Morris LLP.

Work History:

•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 & Associate, 1993 to 1994 •Eckert Seaman Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Associate, 1987-1993


Has served as an arbitrator or mediator since 1989, serving on more than 150 occasions, including multiple matters in which the amount in controversy exceeded $100 million USD. Has significant experience in the arbitration, mediation, and mini-trial in domestic and international construction disputes, delay and inefficiency claims, impact claims, environmental cost recovery and allocation matters, 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. For a list of representative cases as counsel, please visit listing of Representative Cases is available at


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 "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 2017 and 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine. His complete CV is available at


• 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, and a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute. Serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Also served as the immediate past 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. His complete CV 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 and Speaking Engagements is available at


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

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