Alexis E. Bates is an associate in the firm’s ERISA Litigation Practice, with experience litigating a variety of issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) in federal trial and appellate courts.

Ms. Bates represents benefit plans, plan sponsors, plan service providers, and fiduciaries in various kinds of ERISA litigation, including cases involving class actions for benefits claims, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, excessive fee cases in both the 401(k) plan and 403(b) plan contexts, and claims for vested retiree benefits.

Ms. Bates also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in both civil and criminal matters. She has focused her pro bono practice on immigration cases, criminal appeals, and habeas corpus proceedings, successfully arguing cases in immigration court, federal district court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Before law school, Ms. Bates was a teacher in the Washington, DC public schools.  During law school, she served as president of the University of Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society and participated in the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Employment Discrimination Project.  Following law school, Ms. Bates was an associate at an international law firm, where she focused on securities litigation. She then clerked for the Honorable James D. Peterson of the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, before joining the firm.

Ms. Bates currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.