Dan Hatch founded the Southern California Partner Practice Group. His recruiting practice focuses on providing professional representation for partners seeking new opportunities as well as executing focused searches for law firm clients. An expert in the Southern California market, Dan has advised on some of the most significant lateral partner transactions of the past 11 years gaining a reputation for professionalism and discretion.
Dan grew up in San Diego and currently resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Karol, and their three children. He is actively involved in community issues and serves on the Board of Directors for Public Counsel in Los Angeles. In addition to being an avid San Diego professional sports fan, a true testament to his patience and sense of hometown loyalty, Dan enjoys playing guitar, tennis, poker and golf.
Prior to recruiting, Dan practiced law for 16 years both in a firm and as in-house counsel. He was a real estate attorney with Allen Matkins and was later hired by Home Depot to create the legal department for the company's western division. Dan's work there earned him recognition by the California Daily Journal, as one of the Top 20 Lawyers under 40 in California.
These experiences give Dan a unique perspective and appreciation for the client demands and challenges partners face and inform his recruiting practice, which is why he has been described as "…a powerful combination of objective counselor, law firm liaison, and personal advocate" by a recent lateral.
Dan has placed partners and managing partners at many of the world's leading law firm.
His deals are responsible for the opening of Wilson Sonsini, WilmerHale, Goodwin Procter and Kelley Drye's offices in Los Angeles and Gibson's office in Singapore.
His placements have repeatedly been listed on The American Lawyer's annual short list of the top lateral partner moves worldwide.
University of California, Davis School of Law: J.D.
University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management: Master's, Administration, with Business emphasis
University of California, Los Angeles: B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude
Public Counsel, Board of Directors