• William & Mary Law School J.D., cum laude (2016)
  • University of New Hampshire B.S., Economics, summa cum laude (2009)

Devin R. Bates

Phone:(501) 688.8864
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Devin Bates is engaged in an active litigation practice in Arkansas as well as in other states, including work done in multi-district litigation and complex commercial cases. He has experience in business litigation, education law, products-liability cases and appellate advocacy. Prior to attending law school, Devin taught math at Lakeside High School in Lake Village, Arkansas, where he served as Dean of Students. Devin's experience as a teacher and administrator gives him the unique understanding of schools which enables him to better assist his educational clients' with their needs and goals. His prior experience also includes work in the finance division of a leading pharmaceutical company. He lives in downtown Little Rock where, as an avid cyclist, he enjoys easy access to the Arkansas River Trail System.


  • Represented one of the state’s largest school districts in three week federal court trial contesting desegregation issues in historic case.
  • Handle complex constitutional litigation and high stakes disputes.
  • Advise public school districts on issues of compliance and litigation avoidance.
  • Defend companies, schools and individuals involved in litigation of employment issues and engaged in complex commercial litigation relating to the enforceability of contracts, covenants and agreements.
  • Write appellate briefs and motions for appeals in federal and state courts.
  • Provides strategic advice on employment matters to ensure compliance with employment laws.
  • Advises clients on Arkansas Freedom of Information Act matters and sending and responding to requests for records subject to FOIA.
  • Conduct depositions, manage document production, and oversee discovery in cases of varying degrees of size and complexity. Engage in written and oral argument of offensive and defensive discovery motions.
  • Challenge administrative actions at the federal and state level by drafting written complaints, navigating various procedural systems, and developing a strategy to achieve client objectives.
  • Served on defense team representing an international energy company after mass tort resulting in injuries and death. Prepared complex briefs related to exclusion of expert witnesses, venue challenges, and critical trial tactics.
  • Served on defense team representing financial and administrative services company in a class action lawsuit alleging constitutional violations. Prepared complex briefs related to justiciability of the lawsuit, disputes under the Freedom of Information Act, and constitutional issues.
  • Represented large national bank in federal court commercial litigation, successfully securing findings of civil contempt for non-compliant opposing litigants.
  • Assisted in the representation of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, including advising as to legal compliance, finding swift legal solutions without extensive litigation, and tailoring representation to meet client needs.
  • Served as law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes, III.

Professional Recognition

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author - Products Liability (2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: "Ones to Watch" Labor and Employment Law - Management (2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: "Ones to Watch" Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021)
  • Graduate, Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXV (2019-2020)
  • The Order of the Barristers (2016)
  • Managing Editor, William & Mary Business Law Review (2015-2016)
  • Winner, National Competition, Hassell Constitutional Law Moot Court (2015)
  • Finalist, Southeast Region, NC3 Negotiation Competition (2015)


  • Board of Directors, AR Kids Read
  • Board of Directors, Economics Arkansas
  • Board of Directors, Create Little Rock, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association

News & Articles

Firm News



Do Teacher Pay for Performance Schemes Advance American Education? What Education and Business Can Learn from Each Other in the Education Reform Movement, 7 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 547 (2016)                                                     

Non-Compete Laws: Arkansas, Practical Law State Q&A 6-522-8151, Westlaw (2020)