William R. Bates, a partner at Lennon, Miller, O’Connor & Bartosiewicz, PLC, was born and raised in Central Africa to missionary parents. He received a B.A. from Spring Arbor College in 1985 with Majors in Chemistry (Honors) and History, and a Minor in Business Administration. In 1988 he obtained his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Mr. Bates was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Ryan Lamb, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1988-1989. He also was law clerk for the Honorable William G. Schma, Ninth Circuit Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1989-1990. Mr. Bates had a solo practice from 1990-1991 before joining York & Miller, P.C. in 1991, which became York & Tiderington, P.C. in 1997 – where he practiced for 20 years.
Mr. Bates has a broad range of experience in civil litigation and general civil practice, including insurance defense, insurance agents and brokers defense, workers’ compensation defense, probate and estate planning, business law and appellate practice.
Licensed to practice in all Federal and State Courts in the State of Michigan and State of Indiana, Mr. Bates is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Mr. Bates has taught business courses as adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University and has been a seminar presenter for Lorman Education Services in the area of Workers’ Compensation law.
Mr. Bates is involved in the Kalamazoo County, State of Michigan and American Bar Associations. In the past he served as Regional Counsel for the Legal Advisory Network for the Free Methodist Church of North America, and he served a number of years on the Board of Youth for Christ, Kalamazoo. He is an active member of the Portage Free Methodist Church including serving on its Board of Elders and Leadership Committees.
Mr. Bates enjoys rugby and soccer –he has served as an AYSO Referee for 12 years; traveling is one of his passions.