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I did something my dad taught me when I was younger. When things aren’t being done correctly, the quickest way to get things done is to put a spotlight on it.

repetitive, or abnormal movements, who was refused a ticket on American Airlines because of his condition. “He was told he couldn’t fly unless he bought a ticket

for an attendant, just because he looks very strange,” Bates says. “Te ADA does not apply to airplanes. So we threatened to take the case to Arizona, where courts have allowed lawsuits in such cases, and they settled and put in new policies and procedures to deal with such a situation.” Bates and Mokwa both have become associates at the

Orlando-based Maher Law Firm. Although Bates, 33, still accepts clients at Bates Mokwa, he has cut back his work for Maher after being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. “It’s treatable and it’s in remission,” Bates says. In addition to actively litigating, he is a member of

several boards, including the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and he serves on several committees for the American Bar Association. He also lobbies for disability rights in Florida and with the federal government, a passion he will continue to pursue for as long as he can. “My passion is to become a full-time advocate in a

nonprofit context,” he says, “to help the disabled become contributing members of society, and be an advocate and resource for the next generation. A cure for SMA is not that interesting to me. I’ve lived with this disease all my life, but there are a lot of things that could be done to make my life easier, so many other issues that need to be addressed.” D&B

Tom Calarco is a freelance writer based in Wildwood, Fla. MCCA.COM MARCH/APRIL 2014 DIVERSITY & THE BAR®


We congratulate Adeel Abdullah Mangi for being named a “2014 Rising Star” by Diversity & the Bar magazine.

Adeel is a Partner of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, a New York City law firm of over 200 lawyers. Adeel is a trial lawyer concentrating in complex commercial disputes. He has particular experience in pharmaceutical pricing, false advertising, and class action defense.

Adeel joined the firm in 2000 upon his graduation with an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Kennedy Memorial Scholar. He also holds a First Class Degree in Law from the University of Oxford and is a British Barrister. Adeel grew up in Karachi, Pakistan.

For more than a decade, Adeel has represented Fortune 500 companies and major corporations in bet-the- company high stakes litigation in courts around the country. In 2010, Adeel became the youngest person elected partner in Patterson Belknap’s modern history. Adeel is also a graduate of the Microsoft Litigation Group’s Trial Advocacy Academy 2013.

From 2010 to 2013, Adeel was elected to multiple successive terms on the Board of Directors of the Muslim Bar Association of New York. He has been a mentor to young lawyers and law students and maintains an active pro bono practice. He also works towards rural uplift in Pakistan through a family charity building schools and providing access to clean water, health care and microfinance.

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