Dan Hatch
// Partner

Dan Hatch focuses his practice on providing expert professional representation for partners and groups seeking new opportunities, as well as executing high-level partner searches for major law firms.

Recruiting Experience: Dan has advised the most significant lateral partner transactions of the past 15 years. Emblematic of his practice are deals that opened many major law firm offices, including Wilson Sonsini, WilmerHale, Stradling, Cooley, Goodwin Procter, and Kelly Drye offices in LA, along with Gibson Dunn’s office in Singapore. Most recently, Dan is responsible for Cooley’s new DTLA office which opened this year. These office openings are complemented by his numerous other signature placements, examples including his high-end IP group placement at Milbank (from Irell), and his partner placements which started a California real estate group for Kirkland. His placements have been repeatedly listed on The American Lawyer’s annual short list of the top lateral partner moves worldwide.

Resume: Before recruiting, Dan practiced with Allen Matkins and was subsequently hired by Home Depot to spearhead and run its West Coast legal department (a $20B Division). Dan’s work there earned him recognition as one of the “Top 20 Lawyers under 40” in California by the California Daily Journal. Dan transitioned into legal recruiting as the original founder of Major Lindsey & Africa’s partner recruiting practice in Southern California.

Thought Leadership: Dan is a regular speaker at Sandpiper Partners Annual Los Angeles/California Legal State of the Market conference, serving as co-moderator and faculty member for the most recent conference, which included insights into the lateral partner market considering the impacts of COVID, and other talent and business strategy considerations in the much-changed law firm environment. Dan has also been a content contributor for notable legal publications, including his Law360 article on the six most pervasive myths about lateral partner movement, their most widely read guest article of the year. During Covid, Dan wrote an article for the ABA Journal (Who’s Zooming who in the Lateral Partner Market) which analyzed the recruiting market during the pandemic, a discussion that remains relevant considering the pervasive nature of working and recruiting via remote locations.

The Bottom Line: Dan’s experiences as a big law firm lawyer, a Fortune15 client, and the founder of legal and recruiting departments, gives him an unparalleled “in the trenches” perspective for the unique career challenges facing today’s law firm partners. It’s why one partner describes him as “…a powerful combination of objective counselor, law firm liaison and personal advocate.” Additional testimonials can be found here.