Robert Bates is a personal injury and car accident lawyer, representing injured folks in Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol and surrounding areas. Injured in car wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, truck wrecks and slip and falls.

I grew up the son of a cattle farmer.  I learned the value of hard work and what it’s like to be the little man.  That’s why I fight.  I enjoy the fight.  I see myself and my family in the good people I represent.  I am honored to earn their trust and I do not take it for granted. God willing, I will always stand up to corporations and insurance companies and enforce rules that keep us all safe.” – Robert Bates 


Robert devotes his practice to representing folks who have suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s actions.  Robert specializes in holding corporations, insurance companies and individuals accountable who injure his clients in: car collisions, tractor trailer collisions, dump truck collisions, delivery truck collisions, and motorcycle collisions.  Robert also represents those who have been injured due to medical malpractice or a defective product. He has studied and developed a specialty in brain and head injuries, spine injuries, as well as injuries to children.

  Robert uses cutting edge technology and graphics in ways that few other lawyers can.  

Robert has transformed cases that other lawyers said were worth very little to nearly seven figure settlements.  The secret: Say what you mean and mean what you say. 

Robert credits his mentors for his extensive litigation experience and success so early in his career.  Robert has extensive trial experience, with a number of trials each year. 

Robert studies Don Keenan and The Edge. Robert graduated from the Keenan Ball Trial College in 2017.  He teaches other lawyers across the country some of the trial techniques he has learned.   Robert’s success has been recognized nationally as he was named National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and most recently appointed as lifetime member in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a select group of lawyers who have achieved some of the highest results for their clients.  Robert is also a Board Member for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.  

Robert knows that his clients are just like him.  He was born and raised on a cattle farm in a small town on the outskirts of Knoxville.  Growing up, his parents instilled in him values of hard work and discipline while often waking up before sunrise to work the farm. While in school, Robert played baseball and football.  He earned a scholarship and played baseball at Maryville College.  While in college, he also worked at Clayton Homes in Maryville and volunteered every week at the local nursing home.  

During the summers between college semesters, Robert worked two jobs.  Upon graduation from Maryville College, Robert received a full scholarship to attend Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.  He graduated law school with honors while serving on Moot Court and Law Review.  

Robert met his wife, Ashley, while in Grundy, where she was attending Pharmacy School.  Robert and his beautiful wife enjoy time with their oldest son, Luke, and their newest addition Josh.  Robert’s family  is his motivation to fight for every client.  He sees himself in every injured client, his wife in every client’s spouse and family member and his sons in every injured child.

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Robert Bates & Associates

2100 Reservoir Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660, United States

Office Phone: 423-765-1213 Office Fax: 423-244-0965 Office Cell: 423-765-1215 Email:


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