“The key to my success is to keep things simple.” – Rodney R. Hatter
Rodney R. Hatter & Associates was established in 1985, the firm conveniently serves clients in Orange County, California. Their Southern California business clients come from San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but their clients have headquarters on both coasts and many places in between. They are dedicated and singularly-focused on franchise and distribution law. At Rodney R. Hatter & Associates, they have the most experienced, trained and well-educated franchise attorney services you can find anywhere in the United States. The foundation of their practice is “In every case time is of the essence”. They will review your legal situation, provide their view of the legal issues and come to a solution in your case.
Rod Hatter is an experienced franchise law and small business attorney. He has specialized in providing legal services to franchisors, franchise owners and other businesses of small to medium size. His legal skills and experience cover nearly all areas of business law, with an emphasis on franchising but including purchase and sale of business (“mergers and acquisitions”), securities, employment contracts and formation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other business entities. He is often called as an expert witness on franchise matters.
Rod is committed to the practice of law and to the development of laws that foster productive interaction between businesses and state and federal governments. He has been appointed to the California State Bar Franchise Law Committee for four separate terms, with his most recent term ended in 2013. He recently headed the State Bar’s approval of Franchises and Distribution as a board certified specialty. He served as Chair of the State Bar Franchise & Distribution Law Advisory Commission, which prepares the exams and approves candidates for this specialty.
From 1978 through 1985, Rod was General Counsel for Taco Bell Corp., which is now California’s largest and most successful franchisor, thanks in part to Rod’s role in establishing its current franchise program in 1981.
He was initially trained as a young lawyer at the well known law firm of Dewey, Ballantine in New York City, where he specialized in securities laws and initial public offerings and worked with Presidential Candidate Tom Dewey.
A Kansas native, Rod was selected to be one of five Alfred P. Sloan Scholars at Harvard University, the highest honor given to incoming Harvard freshmen. He graduated from Harvard in 1966 with honors. Rod then received a scholarship which allowed him to attend Columbia University School of Law in New York City. The focus of his studies was securities, and after he received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1969.
On a national level, Rod has been an active member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising since 1979 and he joined the Legal-Legislative Committee of the International Franchise Association in 1977; he speaks about franchising and other distribution methods at various bar association meetings and to other groups and has a good working relationship representing his clients to the California Department of Business Oversight. Rod joined the Laguna Niguel Rotary Club, where he became its President and is the founder of its charitable Foundation. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach and its Board of Directors where he works on international projects. He has been selected as Club President for the Rotary year beginning in July 2018.
Rod was one of the founders of the World Kids Foundation, which was organized to assist children who live in less fortunate countries, and was a co-founder in 2006 of the Golden Angels Foundation, which raised funds for local charities and needy individuals in the Orange County area.
His goal is always to minimize legal costs to clients, first by writing clear and simply stated documents which all parties understand and second by communicating effectively with client adversaries to keep all issues on track and avoid unnecessary confrontations. On the other hand, he has a reputation for taking tough stands and fighting for his clients.
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