Mike Hatch has an extensive range of government and private sector experience in legal and regulatory matters.
Mr. Hatch served as Attorney General of the State of Minnesota from 1999 to 2007. As Attorney General, Mr. Hatch served as the State’s chief legal officer, representing the State of Minnesota and the public in a vast array of legal matters. Mr. Hatch was a “working” Attorney General who developed a national reputation for his accomplishments in numerous fields, including banking and financial services, real estate, and regulatory enforcement. Mr. Hatch negotiated the first-ever settlement with a national bank over its data sharing practices, led the nation’s two largest multi-state investigations involving predatory mortgage lending, resolved an investigation with a national bank over its sale of unsuitable certificates of deposits to senior citizens, and developed a national reputation for his work involving real estate fraud. Mr. Hatch continues to be the highest vote-getter in Minnesota history for any constitutional office.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Hatch was the founding partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Hatch, Eiden, & Pihlstrom, a boutique law firm specializing in complex financial, legal, and regulatory matters. Mr. Hatch represented, advised, and counseled scores of banks, mortgage companies, real estate firms, and other businesses in the litigation, transactional, and regulatory compliance arenas. He regularly appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal courts in Minnesota and regularly represented clients before state and federal regulatory agencies. Financial institutions represented by Mr. Hatch included United Banks of Montana, Provincial Bank of Lakeville, and St. Stephens Bank, among many others.
From 1982 to 1990, Mr. Hatch served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. As Commissioner, Mr. Hatch was the primary regulator of the banking, financial, securities, insurance, and real estate industries in Minnesota. Mr. Hatch earned a reputation as a “hands on” regulator with a vast array of knowledge about the insurance industry and other industries he regulated.