John W. Bates III


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, LLB, 1966
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BS, 1963
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Member, Richmond Real Estate Group

Member, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges

Member, Virginia Tech Foundation

John practices business law generally, concentrating in real estate, finance and municipal law. He heads a team of lawyers from several practice areas that provides targeted services to businesses which are expanding or relocating into the mid-Atlantic region. He has represented local governments and businesses in a wide range of public-private partnership ventures. His considerable real estate experience includes development, financing and leasing of shopping centers, office buildings and hotels as well as large-tract mixed use development. From 1989 to 1996, he was the managing partner of McGuireWoods.

John taught "Development Issues: Zoning, Subdivision Impact Fees, and Other Governmental Charges and Assessments and Environmental Requirements and Constraints" through the International Council of Shopping Centers. While earning his law degree, John was a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

John Bates
T: +1 804 775 4302F: +1 804 698 2010Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 1996-2007

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, 2008-2011

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2011

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who, 1996

Fellow, Virginia Bar Foundation, 1997

Recipient, Hill-Tucker Service Award, Richmond Bar Association

Recipient, Ruffner Medal, Virginia Tech Board of Visitors