Dan Hatch is a Partner and the head of the Partner Practice Group in Southern California. He devotes his work exclusively to partner recruiting. Dan’s practice is focused on providing professional representation for partners seeking an alternative partnership as well as effectuating focused searches for law firm clients.
Dan has made numerous high profile partner placements with major law firms in Southern California. Representative deals include significant placements at Goodwin Procter, WilmerHale, Gibson Dunn, Milbank, Hogan & Hartson, Winston & Strawn, Sheppard Mullin, Allen Matkins and Loeb & Loeb, among others. In addition to his work in starting new LA offices for Goodwin and WilmerHale, Dan has several other noteworthy placements in Southern California, including placing the Head of the California IP Practice for Hogan, and placing the first lateral partner ever hired by Gibson Dunn for its Orange County office. He very recently placed a partner that will head up Gibson Dunn’s new Singapore office. In each of the last three years, a placement by Dan has shown up on The American Lawyer’s annual short list of the top lateral partner moves worldwide. The Los Angeles Business Journal has profiled Dan in an article identifying him as the recruiter involved with the highest profile deals in town (Los Angeles Business Journal - 10/9/2006).
Dan’s work in recruiting is perhaps best summed up by this recent testimonial from a partner who Dan helped transition into a premier national firm. ''Dan Hatch was critically important to my recent move. He provided me with key information about the entire market so I could intelligently assess what firm would be the best fit for me and my practice. He is a powerful combination of objective counselor, law firm liaison, and personal advocate. His insight and knowledge proved extremely valuable in the interviewing, evaluation, and negotiation processes.The firms I explored held Dan in high regard. Dan was an irreplaceable part of my successful career move."
Prior to recruiting, Dan had 16 years of extensive legal experience. After spending his first summer clerking with Paul Hastings, Dan spent his early career as a real estate attorney with Allen Matkins, and was subsequently hired by Home Depot to start a legal department for the company’s Western Division. It was Dan’s work here that earned him recognition as one of the Top 20 Lawyers under 40 in California by the California Daily Journal.