W.H. (Bert) Bates

Mr. Bates is a member of or general counsel to numerous public or quasi-public bodies and has extensive experience in their general operation and related borrowing and financial matters. He also has extensive experience in drafting and lobbying statutes regarding the laws of the State of Missouri.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Energy & Natural Resources and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
  • The Missouri Bar, President, 1989-90; Board of Governors, 1982-91; Member, Senior Lawyer’s Committee; ADR Committee
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Chair, 1990-91; Member, Board of Directors, 1968-1995
  • Fellows of The American Bar Association, Missouri State Chairman, 1991-1997
  • The Hawthorne Foundation, Board of Directors, 1984-present; Chair, 1992-95
  • Center for Public Resources, Approved Panelist
  • American Arbitration Association, Approved for major case panels
  • Civic Council of Kansas City, Member, 1984-1997; Executive Committee, 1990-93
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation, Board Member, 1983-present; Former President, 1983-84
  • Former Special Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, 1952-60
  • Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, Former Counsel, 1961-65

Community Involvement

  • University of Missouri, Board of Curators, Former Member and Past President, 1982-88; President’s Advisory Council
  • Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Past Chair; President's Advisory Council
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), Past President
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair 
  • Hawthorn Foundation – Missouri, Past Chair
  • American Red Cross, Kansas City Chapter, Board of Directors, 1994-2002
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Board of Trustees, 1982 -Present; Vice Chairman, 1995
  • Civic Council of Kansas City, 1984-1997; Executive Committee, 1990-1993
  • National Conference of Christians and Jews, Past Co-Chair, 1985


  • Francis W. Shepardson Award, Beta Theta Pi National Award, 2021
  • Elbert Cole Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Shepherd's Center, 2021
  • ICON Award, Missouri Lawyers Media
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Senior Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Whitaker Award for Outstanding Services, 1991; Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Geyer Award Recipient, University of Missouri
  • NCCJ Brotherhood Award, 1985
  • Oxford Cup, Beta Theta Pi National Award, 1995, 1996
  • Martindale Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Missouri Academy of Squires, Member, inducted in 1989
Photo of W.H. (Bert)  Bates
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Court Memberships

  • Missouri (currently inactive)


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1952

University of Missouri-Columbia, A.B., 1949