In her litigation practice, Bates McIntyre Larson focuses on commercial litigation and appeals related to aviation product liability defense, distressed real estate foreclosures and workouts, and professional liability matters. Bates litigates regularly in state and federal courts in Illinois and throughout the Midwest.
Bates represents aviation and aerospace manufacturers in product liability actions arising out of accidents involving commercial and general aviation aircraft. Her experience includes single-plaintiff cases, consolidated and multidistrict proceedings, personal injury, wrongful death and economic loss cases, and she has worked with foreign counsel in connection with motions to transfer to more convenient foreign forums, choice of law issues and procurement of letters rogatory.
CMBS securitized loan workouts are an additional area in which Bates has extensive experience. She has prosecuted foreclosure actions for commercial properties ranging from hotels, office buildings and shopping centers to sports complexes and multi-unit residential complexes. She has successfully petitioned for the appointment of dozens of receivers, has prosecuted claims for breach of guaranties, and has defended against lender liability claims. Additionally, Bates has negotiated non-judicial workouts and resolutions, including discounted payoffs, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and loan modifications. Her CMBS and foreclosure practice includes appearing in state courts in Iowa, across Illinois and Wisconsin, and in federal courts across the country.
Bates also represents attorneys from Am Law 100 and 200 firms in professional liability and responsibility matters. She has defended attorneys in legal malpractice litigation in trial and appellate courts, including a three-week jury trial and the defense of more than 30 consolidated cases, which were all heard in Cook County, Illinois. She has also counseled firms on ethical issues and has represented firms and individual attorneys facing investigations from the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. In addition, Bates has represented law firms in business tort matters.
- Listed as an "Illinois Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2013; Listed a "Super Lawyer," 2014 - 2017
- Recognized in The Legal500, Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Aerospace / Aviation, 2014
*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.
- International Aviation Women’s Association, Member
- Women's Bar Foundation
- President, 2013 – present
- Board Member, 2004 – present
- Past Recipients Council, 2003 – 2004
Hon. Elaine Bucklo, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2000 - 2002