- Healthcare Law & Compliance
- Employment Law
- Qui Tam Litigation
- Complex Civil & Commercial Litigation
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. After a number of years in practice that included the representation of healthcare providers with respect to physician contracts, HIPAA compliance, and employment law matters, Louis became increasingly concerned at the inability of rural healthcare providers to afford the more comprehensive healthcare legal services of the metro-area firms. Louis understood that our community and other rural areas have a critical need for accessible healthcare, and that rural providers have limited resources with which to attempt compliance with the ever-increasing complexity of healthcare laws and regulations. To help met the needs of rural healthcare providers, Louis returned to school (while continuing his practice) and earned a coveted Master of Science in Health Law and Policy from the Cumberland School of Law. He finished the two-year, 32 credit hour program at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA. He has also obtained Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® certifications in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance.
Louis currently concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare law and compliance, employment law, qui tam, and other complex civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has extensive jury trial experience in Florida and Georgia, in both the civil and criminal courts.
A number of distinguished Atlanta and out-of-state law firms have recognized Louis' federal court and litigation experience, utilizing him as local counsel in all phases of litigation, including trials. Among these firms are Alston & Bird (Atlanta), Blau Leonard Law Group (New Jersey); Fleischman & Walsh (Wash., D.C.), JTB Law Group (New Jersey); 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 Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Southern, 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 Associate of Arts 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 Bachelor of Science 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 Florida.
Louis and his wife, Ovaline, reside in Lee County, Georgia. Louis served as an elected member of the Lee County Board of Education from 2002 through 2018, and remains active in his church and community. Louis is a member of the Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board. He has devoted substantial time and resources to the youth of his community, serving 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 middle and high school football teams. Louis is also a national record holder and nationally ranked, life-time drug free powerlifter in the bench press, and holds a black belt in taekwondo.