News and Tribune

April 17, 2014

Local attorney honored as IUS Distinguished Alumni

Doug Bates of Stites & Harbison given award


NEW ALBANY — Indiana University Southeast recently honored attorney Doug Bates of Stites & Harbison, with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

The university honors one Distinguished Alumni per year for outstanding contributions to the community, the university and one’s profession. This award, which was instituted in 1998, is the highest honor the Alumni Association can bestow upon a graduate, according to a press release. Representatives from the Alumni Board of Directors and university officials compose the committee to select the honoree.

Bates earned his bachelor of arts degree in history in 1989 from IU Southeast and later graduated from Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis in 1992. He served as a member of the IU Southeast Alumni Board of Directors for 10 years and was president of the IU Southeast Alumni Association for four years. In 2010, he received the President’s Award from the IU Alumni Association.

Bates is partner of Stites & Harbison based in the Jeffersonville office. He regularly defends aviation clients, including airlines, major municipal airports, product manufacturers, aircraft mechanics and fixed base operators.

Bates also represents clients in product liability litigation, nursing home litigation, lender liability litigation and complex business litigation matters. In addition, he represents several insurance clients with respect to coverage disputes.

Outside of the university, Bates has volunteered his time with organizations such as Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement.