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Jesse Raymond Bates Jr.







Jesse Raymond (Randy) Bates, Jr. graduated form Dalton High School in 1967, attended the University of Georgia from 1967-1972, and Walter F. George School of Law/Mercer University from 1972-1975. Initially an associate with Mitchell and Mitchell Attorneys in 1975, Randy became a partner in 1977 until establishing his own firm in 1982. He has 45 years of experience in law practice, handling many personal injury actions, contract matters, divorce, and domestic relation/family cases and has tried cases to judges and juries throughout Northwest Georgia. Randy now handles many high asset divorce actions, general litigation case and is a registered civil and domestic relations mediator. He is a lifelong resident of Dalton and Whitfield county and has been a volunteer in many civic and professional organizations. 

Areas of Practice

  • Domestic Relations/Divorce 60%
  • General Litigation 20%
  • Mediation 20%

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1975


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Georgia University of Athens
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia

Past Positions

  • Mitchell, Mitchell, Coppedge, Boyett, Wester & Bates (Partner, 1975-1982)
  • Little, Bates, Kelehear & Toland (Partner, 1982-2020)

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Ancillary Businesses

  • Real Estate/Building Ownership

Representative Clients

  • Dalton/Whitfield Bank and Trust
  • Alliance National Bank
  • Watts Agent


  • Joseph Barkley
  • Joseph Leman
  • Mrs. Lisa Cushman
  • Judge Jack Partain