Chris Bates joined NMPA in the spring of 2021 and serves as SVP, Legal & Business Affairs.
Mr. Bates previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in both the Civil Division and Antitrust Division as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, where he managed litigation and argued cases in more than a dozen courts across the country. Prior to his service at DOJ, Bates was Chief Counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he advised on judicial nominations and led the introduction and passage of several landmark pieces of legislation in the fields of data privacy, criminal law and intellectual property, including the Music Modernization Act.
Earlier in his career, Bates was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. and clerked for Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit. Bates earned his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a BA summa cum laude in Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Chris currently serves as a Legal Fellow at the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, where he researches and writes on topics related to antitrust, intellectual property, and criminal law. He also teaches courses on legal studies and constitutional law at Southern Virginia University.