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Attorney David Cates

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I always had a passion for helping other and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an attorney. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and attended Saint Louis University School of Law. While in Law School I was a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and participated in Moot Court and Trial Advocacy. I thoroughly enjoyed these classes and wanted to continue developing my passion for research, writing, and presenting in a courtroom. I began my career in civil litigation after my first year in law school as a law clerk for a plaintiff’s firm in St. Louis, Missouri working on various types of cases, including medical malpractice and personal injury. I developed an intense passion for civil ligation.

Attorney David Cates

Upon graduating from law school, I began my career at a civil defense firm and was able to gain experience quickly. I knew my litigation skills would be extremely helpful upon returning to the Plaintiff’s side, and I could not be more excited to join The Cates Law Firm. I would consider myself a disciplined and self-motivated individual. I understand the value of hard work and strive to be the most prepared person in the room. I utilize the various tools and resources I have to advocate for our clients, keep them informed throughout the litigation process, and assist in making strategic decisions to reach the best possible outcome.

Education

  • St. Louis University School of Law – J.D.  – 2020
    • Concentration in International and Comparative Law
  • Eastern Illinois University – 2017
    • Graduated with BA in History with Honors, a minor in Spanish, Pre-Law and Latin American Studies; magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar
  • Eastern District of MO
  • Western District of MO
  • Southern District of IL

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

Upon graduating from law school, I began my career at a civil defense firm and was able to gain experience quickly. I knew my litigation skills would be extremely helpful upon returning to the Plaintiff’s side, and I could not be more excited to join The Cates Law Firm. I would consider myself a disciplined and self-motivated individual. I understand the value of hard work and strive to be the most prepared person in the room. I utilize the various tools and resources I have to advocate for our clients, keep them informed throughout the litigation process, and assist in making strategic decisions to reach the best possible outcome.