Watson Spence Attorneys
Louis Hatcher
Practice Areas
Civil Litigation
Employment Law
Complex Commercial Litigation
Catastrophic Injury Litigation
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Louis Hatcher, graduated magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where he was Associate Editor of The Cumberland Law Review. Louis concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights, business and agri-business litigation in state and federal courts. He has extensive jury trial experience in both Florida and Georgia, and, as first-chair or co-counsel, has tried some 25 cases to jury verdict.

A number of distinguished Atlanta and out-of-state law firms have recognized Louis' federal court and litigation experience, selecting him as local counsel in all phases of litigation, including trials. Among these firms are Alston & Bird (Atlanta), Fleischman & Walsh (Wash., D.C.), King & Spalding (Atlanta), Lee, Hong, Degerman, et al. (Los Angeles), Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy (Kansas City, Mo.), Tate, Lazarini & Beall, PLC (Memphis), Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC (Atlanta), and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, et al. (New York).

Professionally, Louis is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a former member of the Review Panel of the Georgia Bar Disciplinary Board. Louis also has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1991 and actively practiced in Florida for eight years where he served on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar from 1996 to 2002. Due to his non-traditional route to law school, Louis enjoys a unique perspective and appreciation of the views of management and employees in the workplace. During and following high school, Louis worked in farming and the retail grocery business, before beginning work as a warehouseman for Florida Power Corporation.

He later moved into substation maintenance as an electrician.
During that time, Louis earned an Associates Degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. He then enrolled at the University of Florida and worked in residential and commercial wiring while earning a Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Finance. After graduation from Law School, Louis built upon his experience in management/employee relations while serving in an Ombudsman role for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and as Division Supervisor for the Office of the State Attorney in Ocala, Florida.

Louis and his wife, Ovaline, reside in Lee County, Georgia, and have three children. Louis is in his third term as a a member of the Lee County Board of Education, and is active in his church and community. He currently serves as an Attorney-Coach for the Lee County High School Mock Trial Team, as a recreation league football, baseball and basketball coach, and as a community coach for the Lee County High School football teams. Louis is also a nationally ranked, life-time drug free powerlifter in the bench press.


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