John H. Bates Attorney At Law

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John H. Bates, Esq.
  • Attorney


Columbus, OH





John Bates is a Columbus, Ohio based attorney who handles criminal defense, traffic/DUS/CDL,car accidents, bankruptcy, personal injury, wrongful death, Juvenile Court, child custody, CPO, and divorce cases. I practice in central Ohio, which includes Franklin, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Knox, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Hocking, Ross, Fayette, Madison, Union, Champaign, and Logan counties.

I offer free initial telephone consultations. Many legal fees are flat rate. I accept credit card payments and offer payment plans.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal and Traffic
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Traffic/CDL/Car Accidents
  • Marijuana Charges

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1993
  • Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2010


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 05/1992
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • M.A. - 03/1987
    • Major: Educational Theory & Practice
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A. - 05/1984
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: History


  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Environment of Business, Columbus State Community College, Legal Assisting Department, 1998 to Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Central Michigan University, 1999 to Present
  • Substitute Adjunct Professor, Business and Criminal Law, Urbana College (fka Bliss College)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Juvenile Law Committees
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army Reserve, Military Intelligence and Infantry, Special Forces, Airborne qualified, Commissioned Officer, Lieutenant, 1984 to 1988

Pro-Bono Activities

  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Special Forces Association