February 22, 2022

Leaders In Florida Law – Doug Bates and Kacy O’Brien Donlon

Pictured above: Attorneys Doug Bates and Kacy O’Brien Donlon. 


We’ve joked as we’ve come up in leadership together that, if this track continues, we’re going to be a chair and chair-elect at the same time, both from the small college that is Birmingham-Southern,” Bates says.

Clark Partington Shareholder and Commercial Litigation Department Chair, Doug Bates, was recently featured alongside Tampa attorney, Kacy O’Brien Donlon, in an article published in a special law edition of “From The Hilltop,” Birmingham-Southern’s alumni newsletter. Interestingly, Bates and Donlon, both Birmingham-Southern business graduates, currently serve as Chair-Elect and Chair, respectively, of the Florida Bar Business Law Section, “a nearly 5,000-member organization that allows Florida attorneys to discuss and change state legislation relating to business.” Find the full article here.

About Doug:

Doug Bates’ practice is focused on commercial and real estate litigation, with a large focus on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights cases.  He has handled insolvency matters, distressed business situations, and special asset cases across the state of Florida and the United States.

In addition to being selected to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers, Doug is a member of the Clark Partington bankruptcy team that received recognition by Best Law Firms as Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization in 2021. He is Chair-Elect of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, and was named the Section’s 2019 Member of the Year.  He also serves as Treasurer on the Section’s Executive Council, as well as being a member of several substantive committees. Doug is the immediate past President of Pensacola State College Foundation Board of Governors, President-Elect of Pensacola Sports Board of Directors, and stays active in numerous other local, statewide, and national organizations.

About Clark Partington:

Clark Partington is the largest business focused firm in the Florida panhandle with offices in Pensacola, Destin, Grayton Beach & Tallahassee.  The firm also maintains a presence in South Alabama with an Orange Beach office.  Since 1976 Clark Partington has grown to over forty lawyers serving the people and businesses of Florida through an innovative and collaborative approach to practicing law.  Our lawyers are consistently recognized for their service to the profession and excellence in the courtroom.  More information about the firm’s practice, its attorneys, and recognitions may be found at www.clarkpartington.com