Bob Gates has extensive experience in insurance defense litigation including torts, wrongful death, and drafting insurance coverage opinions. He has written coverage opinions, tried personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, written appellate briefs, and argued cases before the Idaho Supreme Court. He “did time” representing the Idaho Board of Correction, the Department of Correction, and the Idaho Commission on Pardons and Paroles. During his time as a Deputy Attorney General, he served on the interim committees which drafted Idaho’s Public Records Act and illegal substances legislation. He drafted amendments on the retained jurisdiction program and testified before legislative committees on behalf of the Department and Board of Correction. He defended the Department of Correction, its prisons, and employees in both state and federal courts in civil rights cases filed by inmates from trials to appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also defended numerous federal habeas corpus cases brought by Idaho felons. He was responsible for training new correctional and parole officers on correctional legal issues at the Department’s training academy.
Bob is admitted to the Minnesota and Idaho State Bars. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA with a BA in American Civilization. Minored in English and Art History. Received his JD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Was a member of the Moot Court Board which trained first year students in appellate advocacy and is a Member of the Order of Barristers.
Bob has three grown children and three grandchildren. He has passed the introductory course of Master Sommeliers.