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In Memoriam: John Bateman, 1965-2021

  • October 25, 2021

John Bateman, a beloved attorney in Parker Poe's Washington, D.C., office, died on October 20. John was a great friend, mentor, trial partner, and colleague. He was known in the life sciences industry in particular for his skill litigating patent disputes. 

“John was kind, generous, and funny, with a very quick wit and an even quicker smile,” Managing Partner Tom Griffin says. “He was also quite an accomplished and talented lawyer, becoming an integral member of our Intellectual Property Team in very short order. We will miss him deeply for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is that he embodied our culture and values – he just made us a better place.”

"John and I worked together for over 20 years, and I knew him even longer," partner Kyle Musgrove says. "He was a tremendous trial lawyer and a mentor to me and many other younger attorneys through the years. More significantly, however, I’ve never met a single person, including opposing litigation counsel, who ever had a negative thing to say about John. John left behind countless wonderful memories that continue to bring smiles to the faces of those who knew him. He simply was exceptional in all senses of that word. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time." 

You can learn more about John's impact and share your own story here. You can also find John's full obituary here