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Robert Ates

Adjunct Professor of Law


J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 1972

B.A., Tulane University, 1967


  • College of Law
  • Law


Professor J. Robert Ates is an attorney with 40 years of working experience.  Ates has practiced in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, as well as class action and complex litigation. Mr. Ates also serves as a class action and complex-litigation mediator and court-appointed Special Master.

Mr. Ates earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law. A member of the Law Review, he graduated in the Top 10 of his class. From 1972 – 1973, he served as a Law Clerk of the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.  From 1993 – 1995, Mr. Ates served as Secretary of the Louisiana State Bar Association and as Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal and Bar Briefs. An active member of the State Bar, he served at length in its House of Delegates and as the Chairman of the Bar’s Section on Civil Law and Litigation for over 20 years. Since 1985, he has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and was the Institute’s Program Director at Large.

Ates has been an adjunct faculty member at Tulane Law School for 33 years and Loyola Law School for 28 years. He also served for many years on the Tulane Trial Advocacy faculty and on the Loyola Skills Program faculty.  A frequent CLE presenter, Mr. Ates has delivered approximately 150 CLE speeches and trial advocacy demonstrations for numerous professional groups. He has also organized and moderated more than 25 programs and seminars.

In 1987, when first invited by the then Dean of Loyola to teach at our Law School, Mr. Ates was offered to choose a course in “state” worker’s compensation, a course in “federal” worker’s compensation, or a course in maritime personal injury. After considering the subjects, he melded the three subjects into one course, the common thread of which is injury on the job. Thus, his course is wide ranging and it is taught by a practitioner with actual experience and trial practice in the subject matter of the course.